Metro women’s basketball split two games in the Holiday Inn Select Classic at Auraria Event Center.
The host Roadrunners lost the first game of the tournament 81-68 to No. 1 Lubbock Christian University Nov. 16
“I was real excited about this game. I knew it was going to be a tough test for us with a really good team,” head coach Tanya Haave said. “They played well, and we didn’t shoot the ball well, so we just got to pick up the pieces and move on.”
The Roadrunners played good defense against the Lady Chaps and took an early 8-2 lead.
“We played really good defense for about fifteen minutes and then we kind of let them back into it,” junior forward Amy Nelson said. “So our goal was going to be to play great defense the entire game.”
The Roadrunners started to pull away, hitting their open shots and improving the score 13-6, but the Lady Chaps started a comeback.
With 10 minutes left in the half, the Texas team tied the game with a three-pointer then hit another from outside the arc to take the lead.
The Lady Chaps locked up on the defensive end, making it hard for the Roadrunners to get an open shot. The Lady Chaps’ momentum carried them through the half, and they hit the locker room up 35-26.
“I just think we weren’t making them feel uncomfortable and that’s what we need to do more of,” senior guard Kristin Valencia said. “Give them credit. They were making tough shots.”
Both teams started the second half very aggressively, but three minutes into the game, the Lady Chaps increased the lead 43-28.
The Lady Chaps’ zone defense gave the Roadrunners trouble, making it hard to advance the ball.
Junior forward Amy Nelson led the Roadrunners with 21 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Kristin Valencia had 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Roadrunners redeemed themselves with a 73-61 win over Colorado Christian University Nov. 17.
The Roadrunners controlled the game from the tipoff. The Cougars tried to slow the game down with a full court press, but the Runners broke the press every time.
“We knew they would come out aggressive and we had to take care of the ball,” senior guard Kristin Valencia said. “We couldn’t do it alone. It had to be a team effort to get past it.”
Despite the Cougars’ press, the Roadrunners scored 18 points and only had three turnovers. Junior center Tai Jensen had a big first half. Senior guards Emily Wood and Brandi Valencia also had big games.
“They’re a really good team,” senior guard Brandi Valencia said. “We knew they weren’t going to give up even if they got down, so we knew we had to keep playing our best, and play hard.”