Kirchoff Moves to Third in Career Scoring in Win Against Skyhawks

By Jared Verner published February 15, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Abby Kirchoff scored a game-high 18 points and moved into third in the University of Colorado Colorado Springs career scoring records as the Mountain Lions (9-13 / 8-10 RMAC) defeated Fort Lewis (13-9 / 10-8 RMAC) tonight in the Gallogly Events Center. Sam Patterson finished with a game-high nine rebounds.

The win keeps the Mountain Lions in eighth place in the RMAC standings with four regular season games to play. The top eight teams advance to the RMAC Shootout, with the quarterfinal round on March 4.

UCCS never trailed against Fort Lewis, and led by as many as 15 points after Jessika Kienitz made a fastbreak layup with 10:09 left in the second half to cap a 10-point Mountain Lion run. The Skyhawks closed the gap down to three points by scoring on six straight possessions, and trailed 57-54 with 2:13 left on the clock.

A Skyhawk three-pointer with 24 seconds left cut to Mountain Lion lead down to two points at 59-57, but Kirchoff went two-of-four at the free throw line and the UCCS defense kept Fort Lewis zero-of-three from the field in the final seconds.

Tonight's victory was the fourth win in the last five games played in Colorado Springs, and the third straight home win against the Skyhawks since the 2011-12 season. UCCS also held its sixth opponent this season to less than 20 percent from the three-point line with the Skyhawks 17.6 percent performance tonight.

Kichoff surpassed both Tara Newton (1,221 points) and UCCS Hall of Fame inductee Stephanie Frisch (1,224 points) to move into third in career records with 1,230 in less than three seasons. Her 476 points is good for second in junior season records and fourth overall, and she extended her double-digit scoring streak to 28 games.

Sammi Gentile scored 10 points in her best performance since Jan. 24, and Jeri Pikul added another 14 points to round out the top scorers.

Up Next: UCCS will go for the season sweep of Chadron State on Feb. 21, in a 5:30 p.m., game in Armstrong Gymnasium. The Eagles (4-19 / 4-15 RMAC) fell 87-63 earlier tonight at Colorado Mines.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Abby KirchoffAbby Kirchoff20GJr.
Sam PattersonSam Patterson32F/CJr.
Sammi GentileSammi Gentile30FJr.
Jeri PikulJeri Pikul24GSr.
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