UCCS (6-9, 5-4 RMAC) vs. Black Hills State University (9-4, 5-4 RMAC) | Friday, Jan. 18 | 5:30 p.m. | Live Stats | Video
UCCS vs. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (5-8, 2-7 RMAC) | Saturday, Jan. 19 | 5:30 p.m. | Live Stats | Video
UCCS will return home to Gallogly Events Center Jan. 18-19 to play host to Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Both games will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN LIONS
UCCS enters the weekend in a five-way tie for fifth place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Mountain Lions are 6-9 overall and are tied with Black Hills State, Regis University, Colorado School of Mines, and Colorado Christian University with a 5-4 conference record.
The Mountain Lions are coming off a road split against Fort Lewis College (L) and Adams State University (W).
UCCS ranks in the top half of the league in several statistical categories, including assists (second, 206), rebounds (second, 594), blocked shots (fifth, 46), defensive rebounds per game (sixth, 27), and seventh in the league in blocked shots per game (2.9), free throw percentage (70.3 percent), offensive rebounds per game (11), and rebounds per game (37.1).
Jae Ferrin is averaging 8.5 points per game and has made a team high 44 field goals while leading the team in rebounds (5.5). Abby Feickert is second on the team in scoring (8.0 points per game), has netted 18 three-pointers and 26-of-29 free throws for 89.7 percent.
Anna Davern's 14 blocks this season are the seventh most in the league. She has added 93 points, 49 rebounds and dished out 23 assists.
LAST TIME OUT
The Mountain Lions traveled to Fort Lewis College and Adams State University last weekend.
On Friday in a 67-50 loss to the Skyhawks, UCCS entered halftime down eight points, 36-28, and were held to 26.7 field goal shooting percentage in the second half, netting 8-of-30 (2-of-9 from three-point range).
Elly Johnson came off the bench to score a team high eight points. Johnson made 4-of-8 from the floor and pulled down a team high five rebounds. Tatum Tellin chipped in seven points, with six of her points coming from long range. Feickert made both of her free throw attempts and finished with seven points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Emily Seifert and Davern each netted six points.
Behind Johnson's and Tellin's 15 points, the Mountain Lions bench outscored the Skyhawks bench, 24-14. UCCS finished the game shooting 30.9 percent from the floor (17-of-55) and 68.8 percent from the charity stripe (11-of-16).
The Mountain Lions bounced back Saturday night with a convincing 77-46 win at Adams State. The 31-point win is the largest for UCCS since Feb. 11, 2017 (90-49 win vs. Chadron State College). The 77 points are the most scored by the Mountain Lions this season, and the 46-points are the fewest allowed.
UCCS used an 8-1 lead to close out the first stanza to lead the Grizzlies 14-7 after 10 minutes. Both teams netted 16 points in the second quarter as UCCS took a 30-23 lead into the break. The Mountain Lions hit 12-of-26 field goals in the first half (46.2 percent) and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe (80 percent).
The second half was a story of runs for the Mountain Lions. In the course of three minutes in the third quarter, the Mountain Lions went on a 17-0 run, followed by a 13-0 run in the final quarter. The Mountain Lions shot an astounding 69.2 percent from the floor in the third quarter (9-of-13). Twenty-one of their 29 points came from long distance as they nailed 7-of-9 three-pointers and made all four free throw attempts.
The Mountain Lions never trailed the Grizzlies and held the lead for more than 38 minutes. UCCS recorded a season high 13 steals and their seven blocks are the second most this season. Offensively, the Mountain Lions made a season high 52.8 percent from the floor (28-of-53) and a season high 58.8 percent from three-point range (10-of-17).
Davern and Seifert each blocked three shots and grabbed two steals. Davern finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Seifert added eight points, seven rebounds and three assists. Barnard made all six of her free throw attempts as part of her 10 points and stole the ball three times. Madi Gaibler came off the bench to net 11 points. She hit 4-of-6 field goals and went 2-for-2 from long range.
SCOUTING BLACK HILLS STATE UNIVERSITY
The YellowJackets started the season winning their first five games and nine of their first 10 but have since lost three straight games to Colorado Mesa University, Colorado Christian University and Regis University.
BHSU is 6-1 on the road this season and are tied with UCCS for fifth place in the conference standings. They enter the weekend owning a 9-4 overall record and a 5-4 league record. The YellowJackets are outscoring their opponents by 5.7 points per game and have a 3.5 rebounding advantage.
Morgan Ham leads BHSU with 14.9 points per game and a team high 76 made field goals. She and Julia Seamans are the two YellowJackets to have started all 13 games this season. Seamans leads BHSU in made three-pointers (32), assists (44) and steals (19). Katie Messler, who has started 12-of-13 games, owns a team best 10 blocked shots and 6.5 rebounds per game.
SCOUTING SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES & TECHNOLOGY
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is coming off a 66-60 home win over Colorado Christian University – their second conference win of the season. The Hardrockers are tied for 13th place in the RMAC standings with a 2-7 record (5-8 overall).
SDSMT is scoring an average of 59.2 points per game and holding their opponents to 58.4 points. They have made nearly 20 more three-pointers and attempter almost 50 more free throws than their opponents.
Taylor Molstad is averaging 10.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Sami Steffeck has made a team high 32 three-pointers, Anna Haugen has recorded 30 assists, 16 steals and blocked six shots.
HEAD COACH LYNN PLETT
After the first RMAC championship in program history in his first season in 2016-17, Lynn Plett returns for his third year on the sideline for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He guided the Mountain Lions to the RMAC Tournament Championship in 2017 and the third straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
In the 2017-18 season, Plett coached All-RMAC honorable mention Shanah Leaf as well as five Mountain Lions who received honors on the RMAC All-Academic team. Last season proved to be a rebuilding year for the Mountain Lions as they lost three starting seniors while adding six new players to the roster. UCCS finished the season with an overall 10-17 record with a 10-12 conference record, which placed the Mountain Lions 10th in the RMAC conference.
Plett coached two All-RMAC First Team student-athletes for the 2016-17 season in Brittany Hernandez and Tori Fisher. The Mountain Lions tied for second in the RMAC standings and won the tournament with the best defensive performance in championship game history in a 53-37 victory against Regis. UCCS advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in its furthest postseason run since 2015.
Plett spent four seasons at Northern Kentucky, where the Norse qualified for the Women's Basketball Invitational postseason tournament each season during the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. Prior to NKU, he spent five seasons as the head coach at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. Plett served as the head coach at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill. from 2002 through 2007. Plett entered Division II coaching at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind., in 1994, where he also doubled as the athletic director.
UCCS will begin a four-game road trip next weekend, Jan. 25-26. The Mountain Lions will tip-off at Chadron State College on Friday at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 5 p.m. game at MSU Denver on Saturday.
UCCS (10-5, 7-2 RMAC) vs. Black Hills State University (7-6, 6-3 RMAC) | Friday, Jan. 18 | 7:30 p.m. | Live Stats | Video
UCCS vs. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (7-10, 4-5 RMAC) | Saturday, Jan. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Live Stats | Video
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs men's basketball team returns home to play host to Black Hills State University on Friday, Jan. 25, and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on Saturday. Both games will follow the women's games and are scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN LIONS
The Mountain Lions are on an eight-game winning streak after earning two wins by a total of four points this past weekend at Fort Lewis College and Adams State University. The eight-game win streak is the second longest in the league.
Elijah Ross made program history on Saturday at Adams State University, becoming the all-time assists leader at UCCS. Ross found Blend Avdili with 6:26 left in regulation to surpass Derrick White's career mark of 343 assists.
UCCS is tied for second in the league standings with New Mexico Highlands University and Regis University. All three teams are 7-2 in the league with the Mountain Lions owning a 10-5 overall record.
The Mountain Lions are 3-0 this season when scoring 100 or more points.
The Mountains have the fourth highest scoring offense in the league behind 83.5 points per game, and the fifth best scoring margin (+3.3 points per game). The program is one of the top ball-handling teams in the RMAC, registering a +2.2 turnover margin and a 1.2 assist-to-turnover margin. The Mountain Lions have nabbed 117 steals in 15 games and are dishing out 15.9 dimes per game, the second highest assist average in the RMAC.
Avdili has started 12-of-15 games this season and leads the team in scoring, assists (34), free throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage. His 14.2 points per game are the 17th most in the league. He ranks third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (49.2 percent, 30-of-61) and ninth in free throw percentage (86.1 percent, 31-of-36).
Padiet Wang, who is one of two Mountain Lions to start all 15 games this season (Brandon Malone), leads the RMAC in steals with 2.3 takes per game. The second leading scorer on the team with 12.7 points per game, Wang ranks 11th in the league in blocks (0.9 per game).
Malone leads the team in minutes played this season, averaging 26.7 minutes per game. He has added 27 treys, 33 assists and 16 steals while averaging 10.8 points per game.
LAST TIME OUT
On Friday at Fort Lewis College, UCCS overcame a double-digit deficit, handing the Skyhawks a 100-99 loss at home.
Despite shooting 50 percent from the floor in the first half, the Mountain Lions trailed by as many as 20 points and were down by 16 points at halftime, 55-39. Trailing by 17 points with 10:44 remaining in regulation, UCCS chipped away at the Skyhawks lead and tied the game, 86-86, after outscoring FLC 31-15 over eight minutes.
Sixty-four fouls were called between the two teams with 34 fouls being called against the Mountain Lions. UCCS netted 30-of-41 free throws for 73.2 percent and finished the game making 29-of-54 from the floor (53.7 percent) and 12-of-25 from behind the arc (48 percent). The Mountain Lions 30 made free throws, 41 attempted free throws, 12 made treys and 48 three-point field goal percentage are all season highs.
Wang sank a three-pointer to boost UCCS' lead to two-points, 99-97, with only 25 seconds left. FLC was sent to the line again and made both free throws to knot the game at 99. With only two seconds remaining, Ross hit the front-end of two free throws to give UCCS a 100-99 lead and the win.
Wang led UCCS with 19 points after sinking all three three-pointers, 6-of-8 field goals and 4-of-7 free throws. Malone added 18 points, nine of which came from long range, while Avdili chipped in 16 points, six dimes and two steals.
The following night in Alamosa, Colo., UCCS earned a three-point victory over the Grizzlies, 83-80. Both teams entered halftime tied at 44-44. UCCS shot 44.4 percent in the first half, sinking 12-of-27 field goals, and 6-of-13 from three-point range. Eighteen of the Mountain Lions 23 free throws were attempted in the first half; UCCS netted 14-of-18 from the charity stripe before halftime.
The Mountain Lions largest lead of the game was recorded with 14:21 left in the game after DaRaun Clark stole the ball and finished with a jumper to give UCCS a 61-55 lead. Leading by five points with 1:56 remaining, both teams possessed the ball three times over the next one minute and 49 seconds without scoring a point. During that span, the Mountain Lions made the Grizzlies miss four field goal attempts and forced them to foul three times.
Ross came off the bench to lead UCCS with 19 points, four rebounds and two assists. All three of his three-pointers came in the second half. Malone was a catalyst for the Mountain Lions in the second half as he scored all 10 of points in the final 20 minutes. Malone made all four of his field goal attempts in the second half, two of which came from long range. Nine of Avdili's 17 points were from behind the arc (3-of-4), and he added a game high four assists. Wang led the defense with seven rebounds (all defensive), two blocked shots and two steals, and he netted 12 points. Dalton Walker came off the bench to score nine points. Both of his field goals were three pointers and he made 3-of-4 free throws.
UCCS shot 47.4 percent from the floor (27-of-57), 52.2 percent from long range (12-of-23) and 73.9 percent from the free throw line (17-of-23).
SCOUTING BLACK HILLS STATE UNIVERSITY
Black Hills State University started the conference season winning their first six league games, but have since lost three straight and are 6-3 in the league for the fifth best conference record. BHSU is 7-6 overall and 4-2 on the road.
BHSU is scoring an average of 72.2 points per game and shooting the ball at a 43.6 percent clip. The YellowJackets have scored at least 80 points in four games this season and held to 70 points or fewer in seven games.
Fraser Malcolm leads the offense with 15.7 points per game behind a team high 76 made field goals. He is hitting 76-of-146 of his field goals (52.1 percent). Tyler Oliver has attempted a team high 63 free throws and made a team high 47. Dez Stoudamire and Malcolm have combined to make 56 three-pointers, while Tyler Oliver is the second leading scorer (10.8) and has grabbed a team-high 81 rebounds.
SCOUTING SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES & TECHNOLOGY
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology are in a four-way tie for eighth place in the conference standings. The Hardrockers are 7-10 overall and 4-5 in conference games. SDSMT has split their games in all four conference weekends. They are 2-6 on the road, earning wins at Fort Lewis College and at Western State Colorado University.
As a team, the Hardrockers are scoring 66.6 points per game, just 2.3 points shy of their opponents (68.9). They are shooting the ball at a 45.6 percent clip, and 71.8 percent from the free throw line.
Three Hardorckers are averaging double digits behind Mitchell Sueker's 12.4 points per game. Allec Williams is netting 12.3 points and has handed out a team high 61 assists. Logan Elers is adding 11.4 points per game. Troy Brady is a threat from long distance, shooting 41.5 percent and sinking 34 treys. He has also grabbed a team high 25 steals.
HEAD COACH JEFF CULVER
Jeff Culver, who led UCCS to its first RMAC championship in program history, is in his seventh season as the Head Coach at UCCS in 2018-19. He's coached the only NBA Draft pick and the only All-Americans in program history in the past six years.
Culver was the only four-year head coach to offer Derrick White a scholarship out of high school, and he would become a two-time All-American and the No. 29 pick by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2017 NBA Draft. White played with Alex Welsh, the other All-American in program history, and the two hold the top spots in the UCCS career scoring records.
Culver came to UCCS after a seven-year career at Johnson & Wales, where he also doubled as athletic director for the final six years. As athletic director at Johnson & Wales, Culver led a $7 million renovation to campus athletic facilities.\
UCCS will play seven of their final 11 regular season home games on the road, beginning with a four-game road swing Jan. 25-26. The Mountain Lions will play at Chadron State College on Jan. 25 and at MSU Denver on Jan. 26. The following weekend, UCCS will travel to New Mexico Highlands University and Colorado State-Pueblo.
Friday, January 18 at 5:30pm
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