Comeback Falls Short as UCCS Women Fall to CSU-Pueblo
PUEBLO - A late comeback stalled as the University of Colorado Colorado Springs dropped a 65-56 decision to the Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves Saturday afternoon at Massari Arena.
The Mountain Lions trailed by 13 after an Erica Hicks 3-pointer gave CSU-Pueblo a 55-42 lead with just 5:32 remaining. UCCS answered with six straight points on jumpers by Sam Patterson, Lauren Wolfinger and Jessica Brown to cut the gap to 55-48 with just under three minutes left.
After Kendall Babler's layup put the Mountain Lions down by nine, Brown hit a jumper and Ashley Miller -a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to just four at 57-53 with just 1:38 left. Two free throws by CSU-Pueblo's Jennelle Branting was answered by a 3-pointer by Wolfinger to make it 56-54 with 56 seconds remaining.
The Mountain Lions had two opportunities to tie the game but missed 3-pointers on each. With less than 30 seconds left, UCCS resorted to fouling in order to preserve the clock and the Thunderwolves made six consecutive free throws to make the final score more lopsided than the game.
Wolfinger led UCCS (7-5, 3-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 15 points, while Brown added 10. Miller grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
Branting led CSU-Pueblo (9-2, 6-1 RMAC with 18 points and Babler had 13 and a game-best six assists. Laurel Kearsley led the Thunderwolves with seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
The game had the added importance of earning two points for CSU-Pueblo toward the Steel & Silver Series. The rivalry series awards four points to the winner of the season series in each of the 10 sports that the schools have in common. Since UCCS and CSU-Pueblo play each other twice in women's basketball, each of the two games is worth two points. Also, five points are awarded for the school whose student-athletes achieve the highest grade point average.
UCCS leads the 2011-12 Steel and Silver Series 14-4 with 23 points needed to clinch.
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