Four in double figures boost Mountain Lions past Colorado Christian

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 10, 2011

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Jessica Brown led four Mountain Lions in double figures with 16 points as the University of Colorado Colorado Springs won its second straight with a 75-64 victory over the Colorado Christian Cougars Saturday at the CCU Events Center.

Brown also had four assists, steals and rebounds. Her twin sister, Danielle Brown, had 13 points, four steals and five rebounds. Abby Kirchoff and Ashley Miller each added 10 points, with Miller also grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.

The win, combined with Friday's win over Colorado School of Mines, gave UCCS and coach Corey Laster back-to-back seasons sweeping the Denver-area road trip. The last time a UCCS women's basketball team swept consecutive games in Denver previously was on Feb 2 and Feb. 12, 2008 when it beat Mines and Regis. The last time UCCS won twice in Denver on back-to-back nights was way back on Dec. 13-14, 2002 (Colorado Christian and Mines).

Colorado Springs native Christina Whitelaw lead Colorado Christian (2-7, 0-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists and four steals.

After a Kirchoff three-point play made 10-9 in favor of the Cougars, Whitelaw had back-to-back steals that turned into layups to spark an 11-1 Colorado Christian run that ended with a B.J. Moyes 3-pointer assisted by Whitelaw.

UCCS came back with six straight, four on Jessica Brown drives and the other by Lauryn Near assisted by Brown, to make it 21-16 at 10:16. UCCS closed the half with 9-2 run over the final five minutes, taking its first lead of the game on a Danielle Brown layup with five seconds remaining. UCCS went into the break leading 32-31. The Mountain Lions had 15 first-half turnovers.

Miller had six points as the Mountain Lions opened the second half with an 11-2 run, making the rally over the 8 minutes, 22 seconds straddling halftime total 20-4. The Cougars cut the gap as low as five once and six three times, but UCCS was able to respond to each challenge.

UCCS improved to 6-3 overall and 2-2 in the RMAC.



UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Ashley MillerAshley Miller24G/FSr
Ashley MillerAshley Miller24G/FSr
Ashley MillerAshley Miller24G/FSr
Ashley MillerAshley Miller24G/FSr
Lauryn NearLauryn Near22FSo
Lauryn NearLauryn Near22FFr
Lauryn NearLauryn Near22FRS
Jessica BrownJessica Brown22GSr.
Jessica BrownJessica Brown22GSr.
Danielle BrownDanielle Brown21GSr.
Danielle BrownDanielle Brown21GJr.
Abby KirchoffAbby Kirchoff20GSo
Abby KirchoffAbby Kirchoff20GSo
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