UCCS women’s basketball had two away games this week, starting off with a fast paced back and forth matchup against Western Colorado University where UCCS took the win 60-57. They followed up with a close win over the Fort Lewis Skyhawks.
Western Colorado University vs. UCCS
To start the game off, graduate student forward Jasmine Jeffcoat quickly made a break for the rim off an assist from freshman guard Gracie Haneborg for a quick two points.
The Mountain Lions continued to stride off their fast start taking a 15-9 lead after only 10 minutes. Western Colorado would not go away though, putting together a strong comeback in the second quarter, outscoring UCCS 11-5 and going into the half with a 27-26 lead.
Coming out of the half, the Mountaineers continued their momentum with a 10-3 scoring run and took a six-point lead.
UCCS was down six points with eight minutes left in the game when they called a timeout, and the momentum changed. UCCS came out of the timeout and scored 12 straight points, going up 57-51 with three minutes left.
The Mountaineers gave their best attempt at a last second comeback, but the UCCS defense stood strong, winning the game 60-57.
Fort Lewis College vs. UCCS
The team played the Fort Lewis Skyhawks the following day on Feb. 5.
Again, this game began in a back and forth fast-paced fashion, as there were three fouls called in the first minute of play until UCCS graduate student guard Bo Shaffer was able to steal and get the ball to redshirt sophomore guard Sophie Abela for a quick jumper to put UCCS up 2-0.
The game would stay close for most of the first quarter, but Fort Lewis had full control in the second taking a 21-10 lead. UCCS would not go away easily though, continuing to give every attempt to get the lead back before half.
UCCS outscored Fort Lewis 4-1 with 13 seconds left in the half as freshman guard Alex Dominguez cut for a quick layup. The Mountain Lions went into the half down 26-20.
Fort Lewis continued their momentum, coming out of the half fast and taking an early eight-point lead 32-24. They fought until the end of the third, though the Mountain Lions were able to tie the game 42-42.
The game stayed relatively close throughout the fourth. UCCS carried a slim lead until the final seconds when Fort Lewis fouled UCCS four times in seven seconds, allowing UCCS take a 55-52 lead from free throws and win the game.
The women’s team will be back at home this week to face off against Colorado Mesa University on Wednesday, Feb. 9, followed by Black Hills State University on Friday, Feb. 11 and Chadron State College on Saturday, Feb. 12. Home games take place in the Gallogly Events Center.