UCCS women’s basketball recovers from 10-Point deficit in scrimmage
NOTE: The following story was written by UCCS students Laura Loosbrock and Jeri Pikul for a class project. It is, however, a good and accurate depiction of the scrimmage on Wednesday.
LA JUNTA, Colo. - The UCCS Women's Basketball team kicked off the season with a win against Otero Junior College in their first scrimmage on Wednesday. The win broke the ice for the rest of the year's upcoming challenges. Though the team got off to a rocky start, trailing by nine for most of the first half, the girls picked up their defense. Combine that with the increased execution on the offensive end in the second half, and you can see how they pulled off a 10 point win.
From the tip, the Lady Rattlers set the tone for the game with their pressure defense. UCCS found it difficult to execute its offense, and didn't have the same intensity on the defensive end as its opponent. After a foul at the end of a shot clock, Abby Kirchoff's resulting free throws cut the deficit to two at the end of the half. The girls came into the second half with a different mentality, really focusing on their defense. Shutting down Otero's two lead scorers and dominating the boards the second half, the Mountain Lions were able to pull ahead and not look back. The difference in play was noticeable between the first and second halves, and though the team is pleased with the win, they're not satisfied.
Coming off a 10-16 record under the direction of new coach Corey Laster last season, the Mountain Lions have high expectations for the 2011-2012 season. A large recruiting class gives hope to the team for the year, along with the future of the UCCS Women's Basketball program. The freshman class played a big role in the win over Otero and is anticipated to do the same in the upcoming season.
"I thought it was a great opportunity for us to assess where we are as a team heading into the 2011-2012 season," said Laster. "We got off to a slow start, however I saw great effort in the overall team performance. I see great potential overall for this year compared to where we were last year. We executed down the stretch, which allowed us to seal our victory."
The game was a good way to judge the progress made over the course of preseason by the Mountain Lions. There is still a lot of work to be done and they can better assess their progress again this Wednesday when they face the Division I Air Force Falcons at Air Force. You can follow the Mountain Lions online at www.gomountainlions.com.
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