New faces shine in exhibition win over Colorado College

By Doug Fitzgerald published November 4, 2010

What has been billed as one of the best recruiting classes in University of Colorado at Colorado Springs history was on full display during Thursday's 78-50 exhibition win over the Colorado College Tigers.

Jeri Pikul, a freshman from Buena Vista, scored 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

"I feel great. It was nice starting; going out and making a good impression," said Pikul. "I've been working on my shot a lot, working on game-like situations, and I think that carried over tonight."

But she certainly wasn't the only newcomer to contribute. Jessica Brown, a junior college transfer who spent her high school years at Montebello, added 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Her twin sister, Danielle Brown, who also transferred from Eastern Wyoming JC, had nine points, five assists, five rebounds and four steals. Another freshman, Lauryn Near, grabbed six rebounds in just 16 minutes.

Also coming up big for the Mountain Lions was returning junior Ashley Miller, who had 14 points and six rebounds.

"We had a lot of kids step up tonight," said UCCS coach Corey Laster. "We have a lot of room for improvement but some good things to build off of."

Becky Luetjen led Colorado College with 17 points and seven rebounds.

The Mountain Lions will begin their regular season in Denton Texas where they will play Texas Woman's on Nov. 19 and Central Oklahoma on Nov. 20th. UCCS first home games will be on Nov. 26-27 against Winona State and defending national champion Emporia State.

The Mountain Lions led wire-to-wire on Thursday, scoring the game's first six points and pushing their advantage to as many as 13 in the first half. The Tigers made four of their 14 first-half free throws over the final three minutes to close the gap to 35-26 at the intermission.

UCCS opened the second half much like the first, scoring the period's first seven points. The lead grew in spurts, topping out at the final 28-point margin.

The Mountain Lions outshot Colorado College 40.7 percent and outrebounded the Tigers 42-35. UCCS also had a 31-18 turnover advantage.

"We still have a lot of work to do but it was a good start," said Pikul.

A class start. Or, rather, a recruiting class start.

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