UCCS women’s basketball played two home games Feb. 11-12, facing off against the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets and the Chadron State Eagles. The team fought hard in both matchups but went 1-1 on the week.
Black Hills State vs. UCCS
In the Feb. 11 game against Black Hills State, graduate student guard Jasmine Jeffcoat and freshman guard Gracie Haneborg led the Mountain Lions in the first quarter, ending with four points each. The Yellow Jackets pulled a fast start of their own, ending the first 16-14, only down one basket.
The second quarter picked up right where the first left off with both teams trading baskets, each going on large runs of their own which ended in a 25-24 lead for UCCS at half.
Coming out of the half Black Hills State quickly grabbed control of the game on both sides of the ball, putting up 17 points in the quarter and taking a 41-35 lead.
Going into the fourth quarter the game came down to the last second The Mountain Lions came hurtling back to try to take the lead, cutting the Yellow Jackets’ deficit to one, but it was not enough for the win.
Black Hills State took the game 55-52. Both teams shot 36.8% from the field, while UCCS only shot 9% from beyond the arc.
Chadron State vs. UCCS
UCCS would have to quickly erase the loss from their minds as they prepared to take on Chadron State the next day.
The Mountain Lions started by putting up the first five points of the game with Haneborg, freshman guard Alexa Dominguez and redshirt sophomore guard Sophie Abela all getting on the board early.
The first quarter came to an end with UCCS up 15-10, and the Mountain Lions continued to control the game throughout the second half with redshirt freshman guard Emily Doolittle putting up a strong five points to end the half 35-30.
Coming into the second half, things started out slow. Both teams traded baskets until the Mountain Lions erupted, holding Chadron State to just 3-13 from the field and taking a 55-45 lead.
The fourth quarter began with a UCCS blowout on the horizon as they had their best shooting quarter of the game, going 10-15 from the field. The Mountain Lions took the lead by as many as 21 points before ending the game 78-61 to get the win.
UCCS was back on the road to take on Colorado Christian University on Feb. 18.