Mountain Lions buried by Orediggers

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 6, 2010

GOLDEN, Colo. â€" Lauren Holm had 15 points but the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs fell behind early and never recovered in a 90-49 loss to the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers Saturday evening at Lockridge Arena.

No other Mountain Lions scored more than six points. Freshman guard Lauren Wolfinger was the teamâ€TMs leading rebounder with seven.

The Mountain Lions shot 24.6 percent (15-for-61) from the field and 47.1 percent (16-for-34) from the foul line, both numbers being the worst performances of the season. UCCSâ€TM 16.7 percent mark from 3-point range was its second worst of the season.

The Orediggers 26-reound advantage (59-33) matched the biggest given up by UCCS this season, tying the 26-board advantage posted by Metro State on Jan. 23. Mines had more offensive rebounds (21) than UCCS had defensive rebounds (17), a surprising number since UCCS came into the game the RMACâ€TMs third-best team in defensive rebounding percentage at 69.9 percent.

The Mountain Lions have now been outrebounded in each of their past 10 games with an average deficit of 14.6.

UCCS (5-16, 1-12 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) has lost seven straight and 15 of the past 17.

Emily Dalton led Mines (14-7, 8-5 RMAC) with 16 points. Joining her in double figures were Kelsey Crist (11), Angie Charchalis (10) and Allie Grazulis (10). Brecca Gaffney grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and Stephanie Fogle had five assists. Katie Carty blocked five shots.

The Orediggers shot 36.2 percent from the field, including 5-for-8 on 3-pointers. They also made 78.1 percent of their free throws.

For the third straight game and the eighth time this season, UCCS dug itself a 20-plus-point hole in the first half after two Kelsey Christ free throws made it 34-14 with 3:49 left. The Mountain Lions went into the intermission trailing 40-18. Making the situation even more painful was that Mallory Lowe, UCCSâ€TM leading scorer and rebounder, picked up her fourth foul with 21 seconds remaining in the half.

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