Mountain Lions Travel North This Weekend for Two Conference Road Games

By MJ Arjomandi published January 17, 2013

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's basketball team (9-4 / 6-3 RMAC) travels north this weekend for two conference road games as they take on Colorado Mines (10-5 / 7-2) and Colorado Christian (8-5 / 5-4 RMAC).

UCCS  has a record of 6-1 in the previous seven games and 31-26 all-time against this weekend's opponents. 

The Mountain Lions are off to their best start to a season in program history with an overall record of 9-4. The only other year that UCCS began a season with a record of 9-4 was in 2001-2002. That year, the team started 10-4 and finished with the best record to date at 19-9. Two wins this weekend would secure the best start in program history, as no team has ever had a record of 11-4.

Much of the team's success can be attributed to their highly efficient offense, as UCCS currently ranks atop many statistical categories: They are 1st in the conference in assists (16.8/game) and field goal percentage (44.4 percent) which is also No. 18 in Division II for field goal percentage. The team also ranks third in in RMAC for 3-Point Percent (36.4 percent) and in free throw percent (73.8 percent). 

The long rang attack is led by Jeri Pikul and Abby Kirchoff, who are averaging 50 and 47.5 percent, ranking them 3rd and 4th best in the RMAC respectively. 

Abby Kirchoff was named RMAC offensive player of the week after her performance in last weekend's two home conference games. She averaged a team-high of 17 points last weekend, shooting over 50 percent from the field (12-of-22). Its the second player of the week honor for Kirchoff this season and the first offensive award. 

Kellie Krueger is also coming off a great performance last weekend as she recorded only the second double-double of the season for the Mountain Lions. She also set career-highs in points, rebounds and blocks. She recorded game-highs of 20 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks. Krueger is currently 2nd in the RMAC in field goal percent with 58.1 percent after her stellar performance last weekend. 

Krueger and the rest of the UCCS Mountain Lions look to continue their great run this weekend as they travel to Colorado Mines on Friday night and Colorado Christian on Saturday night. Both games will have a tip-off time of 5:30 p.m. The games will also be broadcasted on America One online video stream for $8 a game and for free through the UCCS online radio station found at radio.uccs.edu. 

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Abby KirchoffAbby Kirchoff20GSo
Jeri PikulJeri Pikul24GJr
Kellie KruegerKellie Krueger44FSo
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