(Neb)-Eagles Comeback Falls Short Against Mountain Lions
CHADRON, Neb. – Chadron State narrowed the UCCS lead to three with 49 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, but were unable to overcome a 22-5 first quarter deficit Saturday night, falling to the Mountain Lions 70-64.
CSC falls to 5-21 on the season and 3-14 in the RMAC. UCCS improves to 7-16 and 6-11 in conference play.
The Mountain Lions outscored the Eagles 22-5 in the first quarter and led 43-29 at half.
"We got down too far in the beginning," said CSC Head Women's Basketball Janet Raymer, "and we just couldn't quite get out of that hole.
CSC outscored their opponent by two in the third quarter and six in the fourth, and lowered the UCCS lead to three twice, but missed four of their final five field goal attempts in the final minute. UCCS made five of six from the charity stripe in that timeframe to seal the win.
The Eagles shot 41.5 percent (22-53) from the field in the loss. Seven of their 23 three-pointers were good and 13 of 22 attempts from the charity stripe were made.
After shooting 56 percent in the first half, UCCS finished the game 44.4 percent (28-63) from the field. The Mountain Lions only made two of their 16 shots from behind the arc, but converted 12 of 16 free throws.
Chadron State had 19 turnovers in the loss, compared to the visitors 11. The Eagles turnovers resulted in 21 Mountain Lion points, while CSC scored seven points off the Mountain Lion turnovers.
"We turned the ball over too much, and we got into an uphill battle. That's not the battle we want. We want to battle even," Raymer said.
Both teams had 34 rebounds in the contest.
Taryn Foxen led both teams with 20 points, followed by Jessican Lovitt with 11 for the Eagles. Jori Peters scored five points, to go along with a team high seven rebounds and five assists.
Ellie Moore led the Mountain Lions with 12 points. No other UCCS players scored in double-figures, but six different players had eight points.
CSC returns to the road as they travel to their only south opponents. The Eagles will face South Dakota School of Mines on Friday and Black Hills State on Saturday. Both teams defeated Chadron State two weeks ago.
(Courtesy Chadron State College)
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