Kirchoff Moves to 5th in Career Scoring Against Christian

By Jared Verner published January 18, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's basketball team (5-10 / 4-6 RMAC) erased a 10-point halftime deficit and led by two points with 3 minutes and 19 seconds to play, but Colorado Christian (7-8 / 5-6 RMAC) finished the game on a 13-4 run in a 80-73 decision tonight in the Gallogly Events Center.

Abby Kirchoff led four Mountain Lions in double figures with 19 points and moved into fifth in UCCS career scoring records tonight. Sam Patterson finished with a team-high seven rebounds and a season-high three assists.

A jumper from Kirchoff and three-pointer from Shannon Kelly on back-to-back possessions provided the Mountain Lions their first lead of the game at 13-12 with 11:17 left in the first half. The Cougars retook the lead with points on their next four possessions and gradually built up a 44-34 halftime lead.

UCCS kept Colorado Christian from making a field goal for more than seven minutes in the second half to cut the Cougar lead down to five points at 61-56 with 9:36 to play. Colorado Christian went 10-of-10 at the free throw line during that stretch, and made a jumper with 8:39 to play to push the lead back to seven points at 63-56. A three-pointer from Jessica Kienitz on the next possession sparked a 9-2 run that tied the game at 65-65 with 6:18 remaining.

Kienitz provided the Mountain Lions their first lead of the second half on a jumper with 3:37 to play, and after the Cougars answered with a layup on the next possession, Kienitz put UCCS back ahead at 71-69 with 3:19 to play. Colorado Christian scored the next seven points, and scored four points in the final minute en route to the 80-73 decision.

Kirchoff improved her career scoring total to 1,102 points and passed Heidi Koskovich in the Mountain Lion record books. She needs 11 more points to move into a tie for fifth in junior season scoring records.

Krueger scored 13 points to help UCCS outscore the Colorado Christian bench 30-6. It was her best scoring performance in the conference season. Kelly went two-of-three from the three-point line and finished with a career-high 12 points. Kienitz also finished with 12 points with a five-of-five performance from the field.

Up Next: UCCS stays at home next weekend to host Black Hills State on Friday and Chadron State on Saturday. Both games will begin at 5:30 p.m., in the Gallogly Events Center.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Abby KirchoffAbby Kirchoff20GJr.
Sam PattersonSam Patterson32F/CJr.
Jessika KienitzJessika Kienitz10GJr.
Shannon KellyShannon Kelly5GSo.
Kellie KruegerKellie Krueger44FJr.
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