Wolfinger Scores Career-High 28 in Final Game

By Alex Cramer published March 5, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (19-8 / 16-6 RMAC) could not keep its season alive despite a career-high 28 points from Lauren Wolfinger as Colorado Christian University (17-10 / 13-9 RMAC) knocked off the Mountain Lions 72-70 at the Gallogly Events Center in the quarterfinals of the RMAC Shootout.

UCCS stormed back to tie the score at 70, courtesy of a Wolfinger three-pointer and a Kelli Kreuger layup in the final minute. Colorado Christian controlled the ball and it's own destiny with 40 seconds to play. UCCS had trailed most the game and the late comeback had sparked the crowd.

With the shot-clock winding down and no where to pass the ball, Cougar guard Taylor Torres drove on the left side and made a layup as the shot-clock sounded to take the lead with 8.3 seconds remaining.

As they had done all game, UCCS got the ball to Wolfinger, and with less than five seconds left on the clock and she made her way to the basket only to have the ball poked away.        

As the ball bounced around, no player on either team was able to control possession as time expired in the game - and likely on the UCCS season.

The career-high 28 points far out did her previous high of 24 points, which came during the 2010-11 season against then No. 5 Emporia State. She also collected seven rebounds and six steals.

UCCS jumped out to an early lead in the first half with advantages as big as seven points. Wolfinger took it upon herself to make the most of her second "senior night" with nine points in the first half, including a stretch that saw her account for seven straight points to put the Mountain Lions up 19-13 for a brief moment in the early part of the half.

Early leads were not enough to keep the Cougars down however as they held a 41-33 halftime advantage over UCCS.

Krueger had the most points at the break with 10. She finished the game with 16 points and Abby Kirchoff added 13. Kirchoff also hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds to give her a double-double on the night.

The Mountain Lion's fate is now in the hands of the NCAA Division II selection committee as to whether or not they make the national tournament.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Abby KirchoffAbby Kirchoff20GSo
Kellie KruegerKellie Krueger44FSo
Lauren WolfingerLauren Wolfinger13GSr.
Lauren WolfingerLauren Wolfinger03GFr.
Lauren WolfingerLauren Wolfinger13GSo.
Lauren WolfingerLauren Wolfinger13GJr.
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