There aren’t too many occasions in which the Fort Lewis College women’s basketball team scores nearly 80 points, shoots 54 percent from the field and loses.
Saturday, however, was such an occasion.
Spurred by a scalding-hot Abby Kirchoff, UC-Colorado Springs missed just four shots in the second half and hit 62.5 percent for the game to upset the sixth-ranked Skyhawks 84-78 on Saturday in Colorado Springs.
“They had good looks, and they had contested looks,” FLC head coach Mark Kellogg said. “They shot 82 percent in the second half.
“Regardless of the team – give credit to Springs, obviously – they could go into an open gym without defense and not shoot 82 percent.”
Kirchoff was the hero for the Mountain Lions after intermission, scoring 21 of her game-high 28 points. Jessica Brown added 20 and Ashley Miller 15 for UCCS (12-11, 8-10 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference), which led by as many as eight in the second half.
With UCCS up 78-70 with 4:12 to go, Erika Richards, who finished with a team-high 16 points, tried her best to singlehandedly bring FLC back, hitting from all over the floor to cut the lead to 80-76 with 2:24 to go.
Katerina Garcia’s putback trimmed the lead to 80-78, and FLC had the ball with 51 seconds to go, but a turnover and two Kirchoff free throws pushed the lead to 82-78 with 26 seconds to go.
Dana Schreibvogel, who had just nine points, missed a 3 for the Skyhawks (19-3, 16-2 RMAC) on the next possession, and Brown capped the upset with two final free throws.
“Erika got it going, but that’s what I mean – late in the game, we’re looking around, and Erika was the only one who wanted the ball and wanted to be aggressive,” Kellogg said. “I thought the other guards were waiting ... for somebody else to do it. That’s not our team.”
Jamie Simmons scored 12 and Mary Rose Paiz 10 for FLC, which dropped a half-game behind 17-2 Metro State for the RMAC lead.
“We call it a trap game. ... We weren’t mentally tough enough; that’s what’s disappointing,” Kellogg said.