Behind Brown's 29, Mountain Lions top UNK
Jessica Brown's 29 points was her career high and the most by a Mountain Lions player since 1997 and it also lifted the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to an 83-72 victory over the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers Saturday evening at the Gallogly Events Center.
Brown also had a game-high four assists as well as seven rebounds. Twin sister Danielle Brown had a team-high nine rebounds, five steals and 14 points, while Lauren Wolfinger added 12 points.
"I felt like tonight she had both things going," said Coach Corey Laster on Jessica Brown's big game. "She had the ability to attack off the dribble and get to the rim, and she was making that outside jumper which makes her a tough, tough guard."
Seniors Alyse Bessert and Kallie Jiblits each had eight points on Senior Night at UCCS. For Jiblits it was a season high and it matched Bessert's season best.
Colroado Springs native Vanessa Leeper led Nebraska-Kearney (12-13, 11-10 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Debi Johnson passed the 1,000-point mark for her career with 19 points and Lee Ann Jameson added 13 points.
The Lopers led a back-and-forth second half 67-64 with 5:12 remaining. A 3-pointer by Wolfinger sparked an 11-1 rally that put the Mountain lions in the lead for good. UCCS made eight consecutive free throws down the stretch to account for the final margin.
"I thought tonight we were able to establish good pressure on the basketball," said Laster. "I thought our defense was the key to our play."
The Mountain Lions improved to 8-16, 7-13 RMAC.
Nebraska-Kearney led by as many as six in the early going until a 10-1 UCCS run, the first four scored by Brown, put the Mountain Lions up 36-31 with 3:09 remaining. The Lopers were sent to the foul line on three of their next four possession, allowing them to regain the lead at 39-37 with just over a minute left.
Danielle Brown made a free throw and a breakaway layup following a steal to tie the game. The teams traded 3-pointers in the closing seconds to knot it at 42 at the intermission.
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