Winning streaks lead Mountain Lions to host RMAC Shootout quarterfinal

March 2, 2015

Brandon Applehans
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Behind new coach Shawn Nelson and a new forward, the women’s basketball team is entering the RMAC Shootout.

Sophomore Brittany Hernandez joined forces with senior guard Abby Kirchoff. The team has seen and eight-game winning streak and a six-game winning streak on route to a 21-5 record entering play Feb. 27.

“I’m actually sad because I wish Brittany was here last year,” said Kirchoff in an email. “Since we only have this year, we have to make the best of it.”

“This type of team doesn’t come around very often so we are trying to do something special with this team. Right now we have the chance to, and we want to send the seniors out with something,” said Hernandez in an email.

On Feb. 20, the Mountain Lions avenged a two point January loss to Chadron State by defeating the Eagles 100-68 at home. They then defeated Black Hills State 57-54 on Feb. 21.

To finish the regular season, UCCS will travel to take on Regis on Feb. 27 and Metro State on Feb. 28. Hernandez and Kirchoff will need to shine as the RMAC Shootout approaches.

“It’s easier for both of us each game because both of us demand a lot of attention on the court,” said Hernandez. “The defense has to pick their poison.”

The team will likely host the first round of the RMAC tournament, and Nelson knows the fans will be needed.

“When I interviewed for the job, they talked about the crowds but some of the crowds were unbelievable,” he said. “I wasn’t here last year, but I can sense that the crowd is not just students, we are starting to get families now and their kids are coming. It’s becoming a big deal and it’s a byproduct of the success.”

The RMAC Shootout quarterfinals will take place March 3.