Second home game spells second victory in as many nights for UCCS

By Alex Cramer published December 1, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - 15 different Mountain Lions saw action in what turned out to be a one sided affair with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs imposing their will on the Adams State Grizzlies 69-45 at the Gallogly Events Center Friday evening.

The closest the game got was the opening tip-off. UCCS demonstrated that they will be a team to reckon with in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this season opening leads as large as 27 before it was all said and done.

Both teams shot the exact same percentage from the field in the first-half at 46.7-percent but what made the difference on the scoreboard was the volume of shots. UCCS took 30 shots to Adams State 15 shots.

UCCS led at halftime 43-24 also due in large part to the inside scoring provided by Sam Patterson and Kellie Kruger who contributed 12 and 6 points respectively at the break.

The second-half allowed UCCS coach Corey Laster to find out what his bench could do as all the Mountain Lion starters were able to rest late in the game. 15 different Mountain Lions saw time against Adams State.

Kruger (10), Patterson (12), Jeri Pikul (11) and Gabby Ramirez (12) were all in double figures for the Mountain Lions as they displayed balanced scoring throughout. Pikul added a game-high five assists.

Turnovers were a problem for Adams State in the early going as they threw multiple possessions away to start the game and turnovers continued to be a problem for the Grizzlies the entire game as they committed 23 in the contest.

The biggest take away for the Grizzlies has to be the big inside presence of Kelly Hernandez who on more than one occasion came up big with her team-high 17 points and eight rebounds.

UCCS (4-1 overall, 2-0 RMAC) caps off their first home stand with two impressive victories while Adams State (3-3 overall, 0-2 RMAC) starts their long drive back to Alamosa, Colo. after dropping opening conference games against UCCS and CSU-Pueblo.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Sam PattersonSam Patterson32F/CSo
Gabby RamirezGabby Ramirez21GFr.
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