Nationally-Recognized Mountain Lions Take on Rams in Exhibition
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's basketball, the preseason favorite to win the RMAC, will play its only exhibition game on Friday at Colorado State (2-0 exhibition). Tipoff from Moby Arena is set for 8 p.m.
While today is the first day for countable contests in the 2013-14 basketball season, the game will be considered an exhibition for UCCS and a regular season game for Colorado State. The Mountain Lions already have the maximum number of contests allowed by the NCAA, and so the game will be considered one of three exemptions allowed by Division II Bylaw 188.8.131.52.
UCCS begins the season with high expectations with votes in the WBCA/USA Today Division II Preseason Coaches' Poll. The 17 votes in the preseason poll are the most in program history. The Mountain Lions received votes for the first time in program history last season during an eight-game winning streak.
Abby Kirchoff, the conference's preseason player of the year, returns to the starting lineup after averaging 14.1 points per game. Last year's starting point guard, Gabby Ramirez, is also projected to be among the first five on the court after eight points and three assists per game.
Sammi Gentile and Sam Patterson are both expected to earn minutes tonight after missed all or part of last season due to injuries. Patterson started the first 10 games last year before a season-ending knee injury, and Gentile missed all of last season for injury.
Colorado State went 2-0 against RMAC teams during its exhibition season against Colorado Mines and Black Hills State, and the Mountain Lions are a relatively familiar foe for Rams Head Coach Ryun Williams. Williams, who previously coached at South Dakota (who recently completed the transition to Division I) and Wayne State (who used to be in the same region as UCCS), has paced the Mountain Lions four times in his coaching career.
Free live audio and video will be available from tonight's game through the links at GoMountainLions.com. M.J. Arjomandi will carry the call for UCCS fans.
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