Women’s basketball opens 2024 with consecutive home victories

UCCS women’s basketball competed against Chadron State College and Colorado Christian University for their 2024 home opener.

UCCS vs. Chadron State College

The Mountain Lions beat Chadron State, 66-58, through a strong defensive effort carrying into the fourth quarter.

Moore Allen led the team with 12 points, seven rebounds and one assist. White followed with 11 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Emily Vidal also added 11 points. White also recorded a pair of intentional fouls resulting in an ejection late in the game.

The Mountain Lions pushed CSC to turn the ball over 28 times with UCCS scoring 20 points off the turnovers. UCCS recorded 30 bench points and 14 second chance points over the course of the game.

During the match, junior guard Mattie Busby left the court with an apparent knee injury in the second quarter and did not return for the rest of the game. Busby did not return to play against CCU the following night.

#10 Mattie Busby drives to basket to score a layup for the Mountain Lions during the first half against Chadron State College. Photo by Lexi Petri.

UCCS vs. Colorado Christian University

The Mountain Lions won their second game of their two-day homestand, 90-62 against CCU, marking their season high of 90 points.

Moore Allen was the leading scorer in back-to-back games, reaching 21 points and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Rylie Ottmann scored a career-high of 20 points followed by junior point guard Briana Knabe, who recorded 14 points and four rebounds.

Coming off the ejection against CSC, White scored 10 points and grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds. Closely behind was Jessica Nation with eight points and six rebounds.

The Mountain Lions performed well in getting the Cougars away from their offense, forcing 24 points off of turnovers, 19 fast break and second chance points, UCCS dominated the inside, scoring 44 points in the paint.

The Mountain Lions are sitting on a 13-7 record and 10-4 in the conference. Although holding a record of 4-5 for away games, they have an impressive 9-2 record at home.

Up Next

The Mountain Lions will travel to Las Vegas, N.M. to compete against New Mexico Highlands on Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. UCCS will play their next home game against Westminster on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.

#23 Amyah Moore Allen drives to the basket and reaches to lay the ball in to score two points against Colorado Christian University. Photo by Lexi Petri.