Caldwell, Colorado Christian beat UCCS
LAKEWOOD, Colo. â€" In four seasons as the head coach of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs womenâ€TMs basketball program, Jessika Caldwell posted a 41-71 record. After Fridayâ€TMs game, sheâ€TMs now 1-0 against her former team.
Juanice Cornell had 19 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and three assists to lead the Colorado Christian Cougars to a 93-69 win over the Mountain Lions at CCU Event Center.
Caldwell, who served as UCCSâ€TM coach from 2005-09 after a stellar playing career at Baylor, is now the assistant to Colorado Christian coach Tim Hayes. With Fridayâ€TMs win, the duo has led the Cougars to a 12-8 record, 10-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Mallory Lowe led UCCS (5-15, 1-11 RMAC) with 13 points. Payden Ackerman and Alyse Bessert each added nine points, while Ashley Miller had a team-best seven rebounds.
Also reaching double-digit scoring for the Cougars were Jodi Krall (13), Abby Rosenthal and Talmai Aguirre (11 each). Krall added six assists.
Fridayâ€TMs game was a microcosm of the Mountain Lionsâ€TM struggles this season. UCCS misfired on its first nine shots and committed four turnovers over the first 4 minutes, 28 seconds of the game, allowing the Cougars to open the game with a 12-0 run. The Mountain Lions first points came on a 10-foot baseline jumper by Ashley Miller with 15:32 remaining in the first half.
UCCS reduced the deficit to 14-7 only to see Colorado Christian reel off another 12-0 run. The gap would grow to 23 (33-10) with just under 10 minutes remaining in the period. The Mountain Lions have now trailed in the first half of 18 of its 20 games and by double digits in 14 of those. UCCS has trailed by 20 or more in the first half of seven games, including three of the past five.
By halftime, the count was 54-34, matching the Regis game on Jan. 22 for the most points allowed by UCCS in a half this season. Those two halves mark the highest opponent outputs in a period since West Texas A&M scored 55 on Nov. 19, 2005.
A 3-pointer by Lauren Wolfinger started UCCSâ€TM most dangerous push. Lauren Holm added a mid-range jumper and, after a CCU free throw, Janean Jubic swished a long 3-pointer. A free throw by Lowe competed the 9-1 run that got UCCS to a manageable 60-49 deficit.
But the effort had its price. The spent Mountain Lions struggled both offensively and defensively as Colorado Christian outscored them 33-20 the rest of the way.
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