Texas Woman's proves too much for UCCS, Brown
DENTON, Texas - Jessica Brown had 15 points, six rebounds and four steals in her Mountain Lions debut Friday evening but the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was beaten in its season opener 70-46 by the Texas Woman's Pioneers at Kitty Magee Arena.
Brown, from Denver's Montebello High School by way of Eastern Wyoming Junior College, went 6-of-9 from the field. Her twin sister, Danielle, added six points, six rebounds and three steals while teammate Alyse Bessert had seven points.
The Mountain Lions were hurt by 29 turnovers, an 0-for-6 performance on 3-pointers and 12-for-20 mark on free throws.
The Pioneers, meanwhile, shot 41.1 percent overall and made all 17 of their free throw attempts. TWU improved to 3-1.
A 16-2 run late in the first half put UCCS in a hole from which it would not recover. During the stretch, which began with 5:12 left in the period and lasted for 4 minutes, 26 seconds, TWU went 5-for6 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and 4-for-4 from the foul line. During the same span, UCCS was 1-for-6 from the field, missed its only free throw attempt and committed two turnovers.
When the smoke cleared, the scoreboard read 30-16. The Mountain Lions trimmed it a bit by the half, trailing 32-21 going into the intermission.
Jessica Brown scored UCCS' first five points of the second half, closing the gap to 35-26. Consecutive 3-pointers, the first by Kayla Weaver and the second by Cambria Smith, made it a 15-point deficit with just under 15 minutes remaining.
The Mountain Lions kept within reach, keeping the gap between 11 and 16, but a 12-3 Pioneers run blew it open for good at 64-41 with 4:01 left.
Weaver led TWU with 20 points and tied with Jessica Hanna for the team best with six rebounds. Brooke Shepherd added 12 points.
The Mountain Lions will complete their participation at the 2010 Marriott Champions Circle Pioneer Premiere with a neutral-court matchup against Central Oklahoma at 2 p.m. Saturday.
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