UCCS Begins Tournament Push in Nebraska
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs controls its own destiny for the RMAC tournament, and can take a step closer to securing a spot in the tournament when the Mountain Lions (9-13 / 8-10 RMAC) take on Chadron State (4-19 / 4-15) on Friday. Tip-off at Chadron's Armstrong Gymnasium is set for 5:30 p.m.
The Mountain Lions won the first meeting between the two teams 65-60 on Jan. 25, in Colorado Springs. That win moved UCCS Head Coach Corey Laster into second in program win records with 53 victories, led by Abby Kirchoff's 18 points against the Eagles.
Kirchoff is third in program records with 1,230 points and ranks third in the RMAC and No. 13 in NCAA Division II with 21.6 points per game this season. She's on pace to break the single season scoring average record, and even if she didn't score another point but played in the remaining game of the season, she would finish in the top five of the records.
A win for UCCS would mark the fourth straight 10-win season and the 17th in program history. It would also keep the Mountain Lions in eighth in the RMAC standings and a half-game ahead of Colorado Mines if the Orediggers win at New Mexico Highlands on Friday night. A win for UCCS and a loss by Mines would not yet clinch a tournament spot for the Mountain Lions, but it would keep a tournament bid in the control of UCCS.
Chadron State is already eliminated from the RMAC tournament, but could play spoiler with the teams it has left on its schedule. The Eagles will face UCCS on Friday, second-place Colorado State-Pueblo on Saturday and close the season next Saturday against fourth-place Black Hills State. Chadron State will look to snap a three-game losing streak behind Kattie Ranta, who is averaging 17.5 points and 9.6 rebounds for the Eagles this season.
Fans can follow the game with live stats through Chadron State, and with pay-per-view video streaming through America One Sports. Fans in Colorado Springs can also watch the game for free at Clyde's, located on the lower level of the University Center on campus. Parking in all campus lots will be free for fans.
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