Lady Mountain Lions dominate second half, beat CSU-Pueblo to advance in RMAC Tournament
PUEBLO, CO: The Mountain Lion fans who had the pleasure of watching UCCS take down rival CSU-Pueblo at Massari Arena on Tuesday night won't soon forget the masterful comeback orchestrated by the Mountain Lion Seniors. Simply, UCCS would not be denied the opportunity to advance in theRMAC Shootout. For Ashley Miller, Jessica Brown and Danielle Brown, along with the rest of the Mountain Lions, playing CSU-Pueblo on Tuesday night was a long awaited opportunity to compete in meaningful games in the post-season.
Tuesday night, however, was a tale of two halves. The Mountain Lions started slow and went into the break trailing 26-35. But, games in the post season are won with grit, tough play and big shots down the stretch. Simply, the Mountain Lion's wanted this game more. Ashley Miller exemplified this mindset and played with a fire that was apparent, as there was no way UCCS was going away without a fight. Miller, playing in her first RMACTournament game, was instrumental in the run that ultimately dissolved the Pueblo lead. After two Miller free-throws at the ten minute mark in the second half, the Thunderwolves' lead was all but gone and the game tied 43-43. Not only that, but all the momentum was on the Mountain Lion's side.
The play of the night, and one that UCCS fans will remember as part of the legacy Miller and the Senior class will leave, was with 1:09 remaining and the shot clock running down, Miller took a tough, lean in jumper from about 16 feet and kissed if off the glass. Not to mention, Miller was fouled and sunk the pressure "and one" free throw to give the Mountain Lions a 58-53 lead. Clutch doesn't even begin to describe Miller's play down the stretch. Free throws by Jessica Brown and Abby Kirchoff iced the game down and desperation shots by CSU-Pueblo were not able to match UCCS, giving the Mountain Lions a 61-58 victory.
Jessica Brown was also not going to be denied the chance to continue deeper into the tournament and put up a double-double, scoring 16 points and hauling in 10 rebounds. Senior Danielle Brown was cool under pressure, going 8-8 from the free-throw line, and contributing 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Miller added 18 points, including the aforementioned bank shot that legends are made of.
For UCCS, Tuesday night was about the Seniors, and they were not going to be denied.
UCCS will continue post season play when they will take on Fort Lewis College on Friday (March 2nd) night at 7:30 pm in the RMAC Shootout Semifinals. The RMAC Shootout is hosted in Pueblo, however, games will not be at CSU-Pueblo, but at the Pueblo State Fair Events Center.
Go Mountain Lions, Beat the Skyhawks!
Full RMAC Shootout Bracket can be found at: http://www.rmacsports.org/sports/wbkb/2011-12/files/2012_rmac_wbb_bracket.pdf
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