Late Collapse Send UCCS to Defeat at Adams State
ALAMOSA - Kendra Coveal's field goal with 11 seconds remaining, her 11th in as many attempts, completed a 12-2 Adams State rally that sent the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 59-58 defeat at the hands of the Grizzlies Friday evening at Plachy Hall.
Sammi Gentile had a chance to win the game at the buzzer but her two-footer amid considerable contact missed. UCCS coach Corey Laster pleaded for a foul call but to no avail.
A 3-pointer by Lauren Wolfinger gave the Mountain Lions a 56-47 lead with just 4:09 left in the game. But Adams State scored on each of its final six possessions. UCCS, meanwhile, went 0-6 from the field with a turnover aver the final four minutes.
The loss not only dropped UCCS to 7-14, 6-11 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, it also marked the Mountain Lions eighth loss in nine road games this season.
Coveal's perfect performance from the field led to a game-high 27 points. Kelsie Kruger added 10 points and a team-best six rebounds. Vera Jo Bustos, Adams State's leading scorer, was held to nine points overall and none in the second half, but joined Kruger with five assists.
Gentile led the UCCS with 14 points, while Ashley Miller added 12 points and seven rebounds. Danielle Brown had a game-high nine rebounds eight points and Lauren Wolfinger had a game-best six assists and nine points.
The Mountain Lions opened an early lead as four points each by Miller and Gentile helped them to a 14-4 advantage. It evaporated as quickly as it had formed with five points by Brianna Benjamin headlining a 12-2 Adams State spurt that tied the game at 16 with 9:31 left in the period.
UCCS got back up by five, but the Grizzlies scored the final seven points of the half, capped by a Bustos 3-pointer, to lead 27-25 at the intermission.
The Mountain Lions opened the second half with an 8-0 run, four by Gentile, and maintained the lead until a six-point Grizzlies run tied it at 43. UCCS responded by rebuilding its advantage to 56-47 but failed to respond afterward as Adams State handed the Mountain Lions their most discouraging loss of the season.
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