UCCS Petri-fied in loss to Chadron State

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 13, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS - On Friday, the Mountain Lions saw how good they could be. A day later, they saw what they still need to do to get there permanently.

Kaitlin Petri scored 20 of her 29 points in the first half as the Chadron State Eagles led the entire way in a 77-66 victory over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs at the Gallogly Events Center.

A night before, UCCS scored 101 points in a win over Nebraska-Kearney, shooting 50.7 percent from the field, including 47.4 percent on 3-pointers, and 96 percent from the foul line. On Saturday, those numbers shrank to 35.7 percent overall, 28.6 percent on 3-pointers and 63.2 percent from the foul line. The Mountain Lions were also beaten in rebounding 56-45.

"We weren't doing that much different tonight other than a lot of times we weren't running our offense through as well as we did last night," said freshman guard Lauren Wolfinger, who had a team-best seven rebounds. "A lot of it might have to do with having used so much energy last night.

"They were finishing the really tough shots and we weren't."

Petri also had 10 rebounds, matching teammate Kelsey Scott for the game high. Samantha Arkulari added 17 points and eight rebounds. Scott also had 10 points and four assists.

The Eagles improved to 7-16, 7-8 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

Mallory Lowe led UCCS (6-17, 2-13 RMAC) with 24 points. Ashley Miller added 12 points and six blocked shots. The block total was tied for seventh best ever at UCCS.

Freshman guard Lauren Wolfinger had a team-best seven rebounds while Payden Ackerman had three assists.

Chadron State led from the start, but it was three consecutive 3-pointers, two by Petri and one by Lexi Smidt, that took a three-point lead and bloated it to 12 (28-16) with 9:52 left in the period. The gap hovered between eight and 11 the rest of the half and the teams went into the intermission with Chadron State leading 43-34.

The Mountain Lions clawed back to within five early in the second half and were down 60-54 when Chadron State put together a crushing 15-2 run to make it 75-56 with just 1:42 remaining.

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