UCCS beats Fort Lewis 70-65 to start the season 3-1
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Gabby Ramirez may have came up one assist short of a school record, but her 10 assists were more than enough to help UCCS improve its record at home - to 1-0.
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs managed to hang on in its home opener with a 70-65 victory over the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks Friday evening at the Gallogly Events Center.
Helping Ramirez reach her near school record (UCCS assist record is 11) was Abby Kirchoff who scored a season-high 25 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds.
Kirchoff and the Mountain Lions got off to a hot start in the early minutes going 6-of-8 from 3-point land. They didn't cool off either finishing the first-half at 9-of-15.
At the break Kirchoff led all scorers with 17 points aided by her perfect shooting from behind the arc 4-of-4 and her perfect shooting at the strip 5-of-5.
Ramirez was the primary beneficiary of the Mountain Lions marksmanship collecting eight assists at the half before settling on her game-high 10 assists as the Mountain Lions went into the half with a 41-33.
Fortunate for UCCS their halftime lead proved to be enough, even as Fort Lewis won the second-half 32-29.
The second-half got hairy with 26 seconds to go as Ashley Kurchar cut the UCCS lead to 67-65. A series of free-throws by Kirchoff and Jeri Pikulhelped the Mountain Lions drain out the rest of the clock in what was start to finish victory that never saw Fort Lewis take the lead.
Pikul was the quite star of the night with 19 points coming off 6-of-10 shooting from the field.
Kuchar (21) and Erika Richards (12) were the top point scorers for the Skyhawks while Alex Eastbrook hauled in a team-high six rebounds.
The win improves UCCS to 3-1 (1-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) while Fort Lewis continued their disappointing start dropping to 1-4 (0-1RMAC).
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