Third straight win pushes Mountain Lions into four-way tie for eighth in RMAC

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 26, 2011

GOLDEN - The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs women's basketball team finished the regular season with its third straight win, two of which came on the road, as the Mountain Lions defeated the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers 70-58 Saturday evening at Lockridge Arena.

The Mountain Lions finished  the season in a four-way tie for the eighth and final berth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoffs. The RMAC will compute the tiebreaker formula and announce the official results later Saturday evening, but preliminary calculations by UCCS staff did not indicate a favorable result for the Mountain Lions.

NOTE: The RMAC officially released its women's basketball playoff bracket Saturday evening. Western State will be the No. 8 seed, having beaten UCCS, New Mexico Highlands and Regis in the conference's tiebreaker formula.

Ashley Miller led UCCS (10-16, 9-13 RMAC) with 16 points and nine rebounds. The point total matched her season best and the rebound mark was one short of the same standard.

Danielle Brown added 14 points for the Mountain Lions, while Jessica Brown and Lauren Wolfinger each had 11. Jessica Brown added six assists.

Senior Brecca Gaffney led Colorado Mines (7-20, 3-19 RMAC) with 29 points and eight rebounds in her final collegiate game.

The Orediggers led early, building a 16-10 lead on the strength of 11 points by Gaffney. With the score 19-14, UCCS came on with an 11-1 run that included a pair of 3-pointers by Ackerman.

A nine-point run later in the half gave the Mountain Lions their biggest lead at 34-23 with 3:53 remaining, but neither team managed much offense the rest of the period as the score at the break was 35-27.

A pair of free throws by Sammi Gentile early in the second half pushed the lead to 11 and it stayed in double digits the rest of the way.


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Jessica BrownJessica Brown22GSr.
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Danielle BrownDanielle Brown21GSr.
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Sammi GentileSammi Gentile30FJr
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