UCCS women score another comeback, beats Mesa State

By Chris Spomer published January 8, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS- For the second consecutive night, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs overcame a double-digit deficit to pull off another win, this time a 69-58 win over the Mesa State Mavericks.

The Mountain Lions found themselves down 13 in the Gallogly Events Center with under eight minutes left in the first half, yet managed to open a 12 point lead of their own before it was all said and done.

It was the fourth straight win for the Mountain Lions (6-7, 5-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference), who had five players put up double digit points. Payden Ackerman led the way with 13 points, while Danielle Brown, Jessica Brown and Lauren Wolfinger all recorded 12 and Ashley Miller had 10.

All of Danielle Brown's points came via the 3-point variety and she grabbed six rebounds and posted a game high four steals to help UCCS pick up a second RMAC win in as many nights.

"I just felt good today- I was feeling it," said Brown on her 3-point performance. "I knew I wanted to contribute any way I could and that was one of them."

Mesa State made its first six field goals after UCCS opened a 2-0 lead and the Mountain Lions watched the Mavericks (9-5, 6-4 RMAC) go on a 24-9 run to extend its largest lead of the game, 24-11 with 6:58 remaining in the half.

The Mountain Lions jumped back on the comeback trail one more time, and used a 15-3 run down the stretch to head into the break all tied up at 29.

"It seems like when we are down, we get aggressive and play hard- with a sense of urgency," said Brown. "We knew we needed to get some stops to get back into the game."

The teams played back-and-forth ball through the first eight minutes of the second half, as the final tie (42-42) of the game came at the 12:23 mark.

After a layup by Ackerman, Danielle Brown snagged one of her steals on the inbound and dished it to Ackerman once again who drained a three. The quick five points led to a timeout by the Mavericks.

After the timeout, UCCS went on a 12-5 run to open up its largest lead of the night.

The Mavericks would close to within seven (65-58) at the 1:35 mark, but two free throws each by the Brown sisters sealed the second come from behind victory in as many nights for the Mountain Lions.

Miller grabbed her 10th rebound of the night with 34 seconds left in the game to record the team's second double-double in as many nights and also the second of the season.

Including Brown's four steals, the Mountain Lions created 22 turnovers compared to only 14 of their own.

"Since we've come back from the break, we've been more defensive oriented and helping each other more," said the guard on the team's improving defense. "I didn't feel like it was that way before the break, but now I feel it is that way."

Sharaya Selsor lead all scorers with 16 points for the Mavericks. Her sister, Katrina scored 12 and Hanna Bowden recorded 11 in the loss.

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