UCCS Women Can't Complete Comeback, Fall to Regis
DENVER - A 15-2 run early in the second half created a gap from which the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was unable to recover as the Mountain Lions dropped a 76-68 decision to the Regis Rangers Friday evening at Regis Fieldhouse.
Neither team had led by more than four before the Rangers knocked down three consecutive 3-pointers during a span of 4:01 that started with the Mountain Lions leading 39-35 with 18:44 left in the game. Chelsea Porter had six points and Brandi Collins five as the Rangers finished the run leading 50-41.
"The biggest thing was that we weren't communicating in transition," said UCCS guard Lauren Wolfinger about the run. "Our rotation in help defense was really poor; we would have two people running to the ball instead of communicating and that led to second opportunities."
UCCS closed to within three twice but couldn't complete the comeback. The Rangers kept control by outshooting UCCS 54.2 percent to 37.8 percent and outrebounding the Mountain Lions 23-14 in the second half.
"I don't know if it was necessarily anything that they were doing," said Wolfinger. "We weren't being aggressive; we didn't stick with what we do."
While 3-pointers fueled the deciding run, it was the Regis post players that did most of the damage throughout the game. Kari Amelung led Regis (7-7, 6-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 18 points, while 6-foot-5 Salina Kuiper accounted for 17. The duo combined to make 14 of their 21 field goal attempts as the Rangers shot 46.2 percent as a team for the game.
Lauren Wolfinger led UCCS (6-8, 5-5 RMAC) with 16 points. Payden Ackerman added 12 and Jessica Brown nine to go along with her game-high five assists. Danielle Brown led her team with seven rebounds.
Twenty-four of UCCS' first 28 points came by way of the 3-pointer, ironic since Regis coach Linda Raunig's teams are historically among the RMAC's most prolific long-range shooters. So perimeter-centered were the Mountain Lions that their third two-point basket didn't come until 4:18 remained in the first half, a Sammi Gentile layup after a slick penetrate-and-dish by Jessica Brown.
While the Mountain Lions did go inside over the final four minutes of the half, the outside-the-arc approach still had its cost. UCCS did not get to the foul line at all in the first half while Regis had 11 attempts, making nine. The competition between UCCS 3-pointers and Rangers free throws kept it close as Regis led by no more than four and UCCS by two throughout the opening period.
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