Women’s basketball wins big, then falters in back-to-back games

UCCS Women’s Basketball finished their back-to-back home games on Jan. 14-15 with their first home win this season against Adams State. Then, they followed up with a 19-point loss to rival CSU Pueblo.  

     The team leads the 44-game series against Adams State 28-16 after the 68-55 win.  

     UCCS came out of the first quarter ahead 15-11, as they never fell behind throughout the entire game. They began by scoring six points from running the fast break — a counter to the Grizzlies aggressive defense.  

     The momentum for UCCS carried into the second half as freshman guard/forward Ines Latapia completed five of her nine points all in succession. Foul troubles from Adams State provided opportunities for shoot free throws; UCCS converted four of seven attempts. This contributed to the Mountain Lions outscoring the Grizzlies 20-12 in the quarter and leaving the half with a comfortable 36-23 lead.  

     Despite a slower third quarter, UCCS still outscored Adams State 17-16. Continued foul trouble from Adams State allowed the team to take 16 free throws in the quarter. Defensively, UCCS outdid the Grizzlies with 13 rebounds and six steals.  

     UCCS entered the final quarter leading 52-39.  

The fourth was the closest quarter of the game as both teams scored an even 16-points each. Freshman guard Gracie Haneborg led the UCCS offensive charge and held onto the lead by scoring five of her 14 points.  

     This was one of the best offensive games for the Mountain Lions, including graduate student forward Jasmine Jeffcoat, who ended with a game high 15-points off 4-of-9 shooting from the field. Freshmen forward Agar Farres had a game high of nine rebounds.  

     UCCS shot 42.3% from the field to help sweep the season series against the Grizzlies. 

 #4 Alexa Dominguez dribbles up the court in the Jan. 14 win over Adams State. Photo by Lillian Davis.

     Carrying their momentum against the Grizzlies, the Mountain Lions had a hot start to their Jan. 15 game against CSU Pueblo, though the Thunderwolves ended up on top, 53-34.  

     The first quarter began with an 8-2 run by UCCS. Freshman guard Alexa Dominguez and redshirt sophomore forward Ellie Moore both had four points apiece during the run. The Thunderwolves scored a three, but UCCS continued their attack, finishing the quarter 10-1 and ending with a 18-6 score.  

     CSU took control in the second quarter. UCCS shot 7% from the field, 1-for-13. The Thunderwolves scored 11 unanswered points, cutting the UCCS lead to 20-17.  

     The Mountain Lions offense found no breathing room for the second half. The CSU defense kept the pressure on as they took a 35-28 lead into the fourth.  

     Haneborg was the only UCCS scorer from the field with four points. UCCS shot 2-11 overall. CSU finished the game on a 16-2 run.  

     Despite the loss, Moore led the team in scoring with 12 points; 10 were from the first half. Graduate student guard Bo Shaffer led UCCS with eight rebounds. She also tied the team’s high of two offensive rebounds. As a team, UCCS’s largest highlight was in the paint as UCCS was 24 of 34 in the lane.  

     UCCS went on the road to Denver to face off against Regis University Tuesday, Jan. 18.