Mountain Lions lose to Concordia, split tournament
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's basketball team settled for a split at the Concordia Tip-Off Classic as the host Golden Bears defeated the Mountain Lions 65-56 Saturday evening at the Gangelhoff Center.
Danielle Brown led UCCS with 23 points and three assists, while Jessica Brown and Ashley Miller each added eight points. Abby Kirchoff had a team-best five rebounds.
Concordia (2-0) was clearly the bigger team and that showed in its 40-27 rebound margin, led by 13 by Jodi Batzel. UCCS was the quicker team and used that to forge a 22-15 turnover margin that included 14 steals, with three each coming from Brown and Sammi Gentile.
While dropping the second game of a two-game classic always feels like a missed opportunity, the split is far from disappointing. Both of the weekend's opponents, Winona State and Concordia St. Paul, are listed among the schools "also receiving votes" in the NCAA Division II Preseason Women's Basketball Poll.
So UCCS will come into its home opener next Saturday against yet another national power, West Texas A&M, with a 1-1 record and the certainty that it can play with anyone.
Carissa Wolyniec led a balanced Concordia attack with 14 points.
Defense dictated a sluggish pace in the early going. Through the first 10 minutes, Concordia-St. Paul made just two of its 13 shots (15.4 percent) while UCCS was just 3-for-11 (27.3 percent). Each team committed four turnovers over that span as UCCS took an 8-7 lead.
The Golden bears started pulling away over the final eight minutes, thanks largely to free throws. CSP scored 10 straight points, five of those coming at the foul line, to take a 20-12 lead. A 3-pointer by Danielle Brown cut it to five, but Carissa Wolniec hit a 3-pointer and a layup off a turnover in the final 25 seconds to give Concordia its biggest lead of the game, 27-17, heading into the intermission.
Danielle Brown (seven), Jessica Brown (six) and Miller (four) accounted for all of the Mountain Lions' points in the half. The trio was 7-for-13 from the field with just once turnover. The rest of the team was a combined 0-for-9 with eight turnovers.
Concordia built that lead to as many as 16 and were up 43-29 with 13:07 remaining when the Mountain Lions used a trapping press to spark a nine-point run during which UCCS forced four turnovers in five possessions.
But that's as close as it would get as the gap hovered between seven and 11 the rest of the way.
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