UCCS caught on rebounding loss to Chadron State

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 28, 2010

CHADRON, Neb. â€" The Chadron State Eagles set a new record for most 3-pointers shot by a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs opponent with 50 and outrebounded the Mountain Lions 62-45 to claim an 85-74 victory Thursday evening at Armstrong Gym.

Chadron State made 14 of those 3-point attempts to improve to 5-6 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play and 5-13 overall.

The Eagles had 22 offensive rebounds, 15 in the first half alone. The 17-rebound deficit was the second-largest of the season.

“The bottom line is that we keep finding a way to lose,” said UCCS coach Stephen Kirkham. “Fifteen offensive rebounds in the first half?

“Weâ€TMve been a pretty good rebounding team all year long; that really caught me by surprise. We fixed that at halftime and played them even in the second half.”

Kaitlin Petri barely missed a triple-double, recording 19 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. She nearly registered the missing assist with 27 seconds remaining but Vanessa Schroederâ€TMs 3-point attempt missed. Another try with five seconds left resulted in a UCCS foul.

Petri came into Thursdayâ€TMs game leading the RMAC with 19 points and 4.8 assists per game.

“Our gameplan was to make them shoot the three, which they didnâ€TMt do very well (28 percent), and keep Petri under control, which we did,” said Kirkham. “Then we let them have 15 extra chances to score, you just canâ€TMt do that.”

Lexi Smidt added 15 points for Chadron State, followed by Alyssa Lyman (14) and Sarah Gross (12). Kelsey Scott matched Petriâ€TMs 13 rebounds.

Mallory Lowe recorded her sixth double-double of the season for UCCS (5-13, 1-9 RMAC) with 16 points and 10 rebounds, both team bests. Payden Ackerman added 15 points, while Lauren Wolfinger had 12 and Ashley Miller had 11.

The Mountain Lions were able to avoid the first-half shooting malaise that has become an unfortunate trademark of the 2009-10 season. UCCS hit 37.1 percent of its shots in the first half, including a robust 6-of-13 from 3-point range. The team also committed just seven turnovers.

Despite those favorable numbers, the Mountain Lions still trailed 42-32 at the half. Chadron State had as many offensive rebounds (15) as UCCS had defensive boards and outrebounded the Mountain Lions 35-17 overall. Additionally, UCCS didnâ€TMt manage to get to the foul line at all in the first period while the Eagles scored seven points on 11 free throw attempts.

Chadron finished the half on a 7-0 run behind four Petrie free throws and a Smidt 3-pointer.

The Mountain Lions responded by opening the second half with an 8-2 run. The gap was still four with 14:51 remaining when the Eagles hit four consecutive 3-pointers over the next two minutes, countered only by a Jessica Lynch left-handed layup, to open up a commanding 61-48 lead.

UCCS spent the rest of the evening trying to recover, but each mini-run was answered by either a 3-pointer of a trip to the foul line. The Mountain Lions never got the gap under eight the rest of the way.

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