DENVER, Colo. - Abby Kirchoff matched her career high with 28 points and moved up in the University of Colorado Colorado Springs career scoring records as the Mountain Lions (2-6 / 1-3 RMAC) dropped a 74-85 game at Regis (4-3 / 2-1 RMAC) in Denver. Both teams combined for 56 fouls in the 40 minutes of play.
Kirchoff improved her career scoring total to 947 points and moved past Karen Rants' mark of 941 points from 1995-99. Kirchoff needs 34 points to tie Lauren Wolfinger for eighth in the career scoring records, and needs 53 points to become the eighth Mountain Lion in program history with 1,000 career points.
UCCS took an early 7-4 lead on a layup from Jeri Pikul, but gave up the next seven points and trailed 11-7 with 13:22 left in the first half. Taylor Garcia made back-to-back field goals after the end of the Ranger run to tie the game for the Mountain Lions at 11:34, and Gabby Ramirez tied it again a minute later on a layup to bring the score to 13-13.
The Rangers put together another eight-point run and led by two possessions until Carrie Christopher made shots on the final two possessions of the half to pull the Mountain Lions within two points at 37-35. UCCS shot 41 percent from the field and outrebounded Regis 22-20 in the first half.
Pikul opened the second half with a three pointer, but the Mountain Lions trailed by seven points with 17 minutes left in the game. Regis took as large as a 16-point lead with just more than six minutes remaining before the Mountain Lions went on a 10-2 run, capped by a three-pointer from Jessica Kienitz with 2:47 left to play. UCCS fouled to stop the clock in the final minutes, but couldn't cut the lead down to fewer than seven points in the loss.
Pikul went two-of-three from the three-point line and four-of-six overall from the field to finish with 10 points. Pikul led a balanced rebounding effort with five boards and was one of seven Mountain Lions who finished with multiple rebounds.
Up Next: The Mountain Lions will return to the Gallogly Events Center for the first time in more than a month to host New Mexico Highlands. The Cowgirls (4-2 / 1-2 RMAC) face No. 5 Colorado Mesa tonight in Las Vegas, N.M.
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