UCCS falls to Chadron State

By Chris Spomer published February 18, 2011

Jessica Brown matched her career high with 18 points but couldn't prevent the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs from dropping a 65-51 decision to the Chadron State Eagles Friday evening at the Gallogly Events Center.

Jeri Pikul added 10 points for the Mountain Lions, who slipped to 7-16 overall and 6-13 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. That duo shot 43.3 percent from the field. The rest of the Mountain Lions combined to make just 17.1 percent of their shots.

"We didn't come out with any level of intensity on the offensive or defensive end," said UCCS coach Corey Laster.

Danielle Brown led UCCS with 12 rebounds, a career high for the junior, who is also Jessica's twin sister.

Jazmyn Webster had seven blocked shots and eight rebounds for Chadron State (6-18, 4-16 RMAC). Lexi Smidt led the Eagles in scoring with 20 points, including a 6-for-8 performance on 3-pointers. Kada Williams and Marla Munson each added 14 points and Kelsey Scott had a team-best nine rebounds.

The first half was marked by confusion and frustration for the Mountain Lions. During offensive sets, three players would be doing one thing, another would be doing something altogether different and the fifth would be standing with her hands outstretched as if looking for advice.

That confusion led to a humiliating 16-point half during which UCCS shot a miserable 20.7 percent from the field. It was so bad that UCCS didn't break into double digits until 3:04 remained in the period. UCCS' final six points all came in transition where they were never forced into a halfcourt set.

The good news out of the disaster was that the Mountain Lions trailed by just 14 (30-16) at the intermission after being behind by as many as 19.

A 12-0 run got UCCS to within striking distance at 43-38 with 9:47 remaining, but Chadron State responded with a six-point run of its own to reestablish the double-digit lead. After UCCS' Ashley Miller hit a layup, the Eagles scored another five and never looked back.

"I thought that mentally and physically we didn't come to play," said Laster.

The win complete the season series sweep for Chadron State, which also won in Chadron on Jan. 22. UCCS has now accounted for exactly half of the Eagles RMAC wins.

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