UCCS Begins Homestand with Mines on Friday Night
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's basketball team (5-8 / 4-5 RMAC) will return to the home confines of the Gallogly Events Center for the first time in nearly a month on Friday night with a 5:30 p.m., game against Colorado Mines (3-10 / 2-7 RMAC). The Mountain Lions carry a three-game home winning streak into the game against the Orediggers.
Abby Kirchoff, the second-best three-point shooter in Division II this season, will be going for her 20th straight game within double-digit points on Friday. In her last appearance at home, she scored 35 points and made a program-record 16 free throws to surpass 1,000 career points. Another performance like that will move her into the top five in career scoring records - she needs 27 points to tie Heidi Koskovich's mark of 1,093 points set from 1998-99 through 2001-02.
In addition to extending the home winning streak, a win on Friday would also move Head Coach Corey Laster in a tie for second in UCCS career coaching victories. He is already on pace to break the coaching record for win percentage, but a win would move him in a tie with Dave Murphy, the coach from the 1998-99 through 2001-02 seasons.
Jessica Kienitz has come off of the winter break shooting 60 percent from the three-point line, 43 percent from the field and averaging 10.7 points in the three games of 2014. She's lead the Mountain Lions in blocked shots on the defensive side of the ball, helped by three blocks against Colorado State-Pueblo on Jan. 4. Kienitz moved into the starting lineup at the start of the conference season and is third on the team in scoring in league games.
Jeri Pikul continues to move closer to 100 career games each weekend. She needs four more games to become the 10th Mountain Lion in program history with 100 or more games, and if she plays in every game left in the regular season, she would tie for second in career records.
Fans can follow the game through live stats at GoMountainLions.com. Free live audio will be available through YouTube, and pay-per-view video will be available through America One Sports. M.J. Arjomandi will provide the play-by-play action on both platforms.
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