Kirchoff Records 20th 20-Point Game Against Colorado Mines

By Jared Verner published January 17, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Abby Kirchoff scored a game-high 24 points for her 20th career game with 20 or more points as the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (5-6 / 4-6 RMAC) dropped a 55-54 game to Colorado Mines (4-10 / 3-7 RMAC) tonight at the Gallogly Events Center.

Kirchoff finished eight-of-nine at the free throw line and added eight field goals. She moved within three points of moving into the top five in UCCS career records for scoring.

Sam Patterson scored the first points of the night on a layup, but the Orediggers put together a 7-2 run after that bucket to take an early 7-4 in the first six minutes. UCCS stayed within two possessions of Colorado Mines throughout the rest of the half, but wouldn't be able to tie or retake the lead and trailed 25-23 at halftime.

Colorado Mines opened a nine-point lead in the first four minutes of the second half, but the Mountain Lions forced four turnovers during the next two minutes to tie the game at 33-33 with 14:01 to play. After the Orediggers went back ahead at 35-33, Gabby Ramirez provided the Mountain Lions their first lead since the opening minutes of the first half with a three-pointer with 12:58 to play.

The UCCS defense kept Colorado Mines scoreless from the field for another five minutes and led 40-38 with 7:48 to play, but the Orediggers used a nine-point run to for a 47-40 lead with 4:58 remaining. The Mountain Lions tied it back up on a 12-5 run at 52-52 with 1:14 to play, and Kirchoff put UCCS ahead at 54-52 on a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left.

Colorado Mines tied the game at 54-54 with 12 seconds to play, and used the and-1 after a foul to go ahead 55-54. The Mountain Lions drove to take advantage of a timeout to set up the final shot, but Jeri Pikul's three-pointer at the buzzer fell short in the loss.

In addition to her 20th career game with 20 points, Kirchoff also recorded her 20th straight game with double-digit points. She also matched her season-high with three steals and recorded her eighth straight game with at least five rebounds on defense.

Jessica Kienitz led UCCS with eight rebounds and added two steals. She's averaged five rebounds per game in the last four games, and improvement of nearly 1.5 rebounds per game.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Abby KirchoffAbby Kirchoff20GJr.
Sam PattersonSam Patterson32F/CJr.
Gabby RamirezGabby Ramirez21GSo.
Jessika KienitzJessika Kienitz10GJr.
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