Mountain Lions keep hope alive with win over Colorado Christian

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 25, 2011

Lauren Wolfinger had 19 points and five assists to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 73-60 victory over the Colorado Christian Cougars Friday evening at the Cougar Event Center.

Twin sisters Danielle Brown and Jessica Brown each added 12 points for UCCS, which improved to 9-16 and 8-13 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Danielle added a team-best seven rebounds and Jessica matched Wolfinger for the team lead with five assists. Ashley Miller added nine points and five rebounds.

With their playoff aspirations all but dead a week ago, the Mountain Lions have now won two straight. If they can beat Colorado School of Mines on Saturday and both Regis and Western State lose, UCCS will be in either a three- or four-way tie for the eighth and final spot in the RMAC postseason tournament. Should that happen, the conference's complex tiebreaker formula will come into play. That formula, which relies in part upon the winning percentages of all RMAC teams, can't be accurately computed until the season comes to an end.

The good news about that scenario is that Western State faces Adams State (14-7 in conference play) in its finale. Regis has it even tougher, taking on Metro State (20-1 in the RMAC). The bad news is that the tiebreaker system favors road wins and strength of schedule. Friday was just the Mountain Lions' second RMAC road win of the season and they have a slightly weaker strength of schedule that the others.

Christina Whitelaw led Colorado Christian (16-9, 14-7 RMAC) with 19 points Friday. The freshman from St. Mary's High School in Colorado Springs also had six steals, giving her 14 in two games against UCCS. She leads the RMAC with an astronomical 5.5 per game, three more than the conference's next best.

Former Mountain Lion Mallory Lowe led the Cougars with seven rebounds and three assists to go with her eight points.

A layup by Kelsie Hert gave the Cougars their biggest lead of the first half, 18-13, with 10:09 remaining. UCCS responded quickly, scoring six straight points over the next 1:22. After a Mallory Lowe jumper, UCCS completed its 15-2 run as a Jeri Pikul 3-pointer at the 5:38 mark completed a nine-point spurt.

The Mountain Lions' final six points of the period were all scored by Wolfinger, who had 12 points and four assists in the half. UCCS led 40-34 at the intermission.

The Cougars opened the second half strong, closing to within one at 49-46 with 12:36 left. After the teams traded hoops, UCCS crashed to the hoop for eight straight, getting four each by Ashley Miller and Alyse Bessert. Colorado Christian never got closer than seven after that.
 

 

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