The Colorado College women’s basketball team got burned Monday night, or perhaps a more fitting term would be sautéed. The Sauter sisters, Jennine and Stephanie, combined for 42 of Colorado-Colorado Springs’ first 54 points, and finished with 48 to propel the Mountain Lions to an 88-70 victory over CC at the Lions’ Den.
Jennine, a 6-foot senior and last week’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week, scored a game-high 27 points while Stephanie, a 5-9 sophomore, added 21 points with seven assists, five rebounds and four steals to send Colorado College (9-7) to its fourth consecutive loss. “I don’t think we’ve been on the same page like this before — ever,” Jennine said after the pair hit a combined 18 of 29 from the field, including 9 of 15 from 3-point range. “But we feed off of each other. I know when Stephanie’s hot, we need to get her the ball. And she knows when I’m finishing, we need to get me the ball. We’ve been playing together since we were little, so we have pretty good chemistry.” That was evident from the opening tap. Jennine Sauter scored UCCS’s first five points on the way to a 7-0 lead before CC’s Megan McCallister hit a 3-pointer with 4:04 gone. The visitors managed to pull within 9-7, but Stephanie Sauter began her long-range bombing, making five 3-pointers in a 6:34 span to open a 28-14 lead. The Mountain Lions went off with a 41-23 advantage at halftime, and increased that to 54-30 in the first five minutes of the second half, behind another 11 combined points from the Sauters. When the Tigers finally found a way to keep the ball away from the pair, UCCS began to toss inside to 6-2 center Julie Richards, who scored 18 of her 20 points in the final 20 minutes. CC was led by Paige Whitney’s 20 points. Melanie Auguste added 17 and McCallister 13. Colorado College coach Kelly Mahlum reduced the reasons for winning and losing to just one aspect: “They shot the ball better than we did.” A lot better. The Tigers were 22 of 71 (31 percent) and 5 of 25 from 3-point range, while UCCS hit 31 of 60, including 9 of 18 3-pointers, for 51.7 percent. The only area in which the Mountain Lions (5-8) faltered was in rebounding, but the 24-4 difference on the offensive boards (52-33 overall) was more than negated by the Sauters’ shooting. “Stephanie is our X-factor,” UCCS coach Jessika Stratton said. “When Stephanie has a good game, we’re generally on the winning side. She really shot the ball well tonight. And we need to have her feeling confident, because she really does bring a whole other dimension to our team.” CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0250 or firstname.lastname@example.org