Kirchoff Leads Mountain Lions in Overtime Loss at Colorado State
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Abby Kirchoff made the game-tying layup with 8.9 seconds left to force overtime and finished with a game-high 24 points as the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (0-1 exhibition) fell 87-82 tonight to Colorado State (1-0) at Moby Arena. The contest was considered an exhibition game for the Mountain Lions and a regular season game for the Rams.
The 82 points scored by the Mountain Lions were the most allowed by the Rams at home since Dec. 1, 2007, when the University of Colorado Boulder scored the same number of points in a win. UCCS finished the night with better averages in field goal shooting (44.1%), three-point shooting (50%) and free-throw shooting (69%) than the Rams.
Colorado State took early control and built a 12-point lead seven minutes into the game at 20-8. The Mountain Lions put together a 10-2 run, capped by a three-pointer from McKenna Haist, to pull within four points in the next three minutes. A seven-point rally during a 90-second span later in the half provided the first UCCS lead at 26-25 with 7:21 remaining.
Colorado State retook the lead and moved ahead by as many as six points for the rest of the half before the Mountain Lions chipped away for a two-point lead with a minute left in the period. The Rams retook a one-point lead at halftime at 40-39.
Gabby Ramirez made a three-pointer on her first shot of the second half to push the Mountain Lions back into a two-point lead in what turned out to be a back-and-forth second half. The two teams tied four times, exchanged the lead five times and neither team led by more than a pair of possessions in the half.
Colorado State held a four-point lead with 1:08 remaining and Kellie Krueger made a layup to cut the lead down to the two points at 73-71 with 54 seconds left. The Rams went two-of-four at the free throw line in the final 54 seconds, and the Mountain Lions capitalized with a jumper from Ramirez and the game-tying drive from Kirchoff on their next two possessions.
Tied at 75-75 at the start of overtime, Colorado State scored the first eight points of the period. After exchanging jumpers, the Mountain Lions made a small run in the final minute to cut the margin down to three points at 85-82 with 29 seconds left. Ellen Nystrom missed both of her free throws, and Tori Fisher came up with the defensive rebound to provide UCCS the opportunity to tie the game and leave little time for Colorado State to retake the lead.
Fisher missed her layup attempt with 10 seconds left, and Kirchoff came up with the offensive rebound but couldn't get her jumper to fall. Nystrom earned the defensive rebound, and made both of her next free throws when fouled with one second left to secure the five-point decision for Colorado State.
Kirchoff finished six-of-12 from the field and 11-of-12 from the free throw line. She also added eight assists, which would be a career-high if statistics counted for UCCS. Jeri Pikul also went 50 percent from the field (four-of-eight) and finished with 12 points while Jessica Kienitz led the bench with 11 points.
Sam Patterson brought down seven rebounds off the bench to match Kirchoff's performance to lead the defense.
The game will not count in the win-loss record and statistics won't count for UCCS, because it was considered one of three exemptions allowed in NCAA Division II Bylaw 126.96.36.199. The game will count for Colorado State in season statistics and win-loss records as today was the first countable day for contests in the 2013-14 season.
UCCS will open the 2013-14 regular season against Bemidji on Nov. 15 at home. Tipoff from the Gallogly Events Center is at 7:30 p.m.
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