Roadrunners beat Rangers 70-41 in women’s basketball

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Posted Tue, Mar 16, 2010

DENVER – The Metropolitan State College of Denver women’s basketball team defeated Regis University 70-41 Tuesday night at the Auraria Event Center. This win secured their third place slot in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference East Division.

The Roadrunners left the Rangers far behind at half-time, with a 20 point lead which has been their largest lead this season against an opponent.

Regis has not been having a good season lately, going into the game with an eight-game losing streak that has now become a nine-game one. They currently sit in sixth place in the RMAC standings of the East Division.

Family, friends and members of other Roadrunner teams cheered from the bleachers as the Metro State band and cheerleaders encouraged the team to keep it up. Despite the positive atmosphere, some of the spectators didn’t think enough people support the women’s team as much as they support the men. Deidre Pittman, a student who attended the game, said the women’s game needed more hype.

“More people should come for the girls, they’re really good,” Pittman said.

Hype or no hype, the women were at the top of their game. By the end of the first half, every Metro State player had scored. Emily Wood was leading the score at half-time, with eight points scored.

Regis Head Coach Linda Raunig seemed like she was feeling the pressure, yelling directions to the players across the court. The Rangers returned aggressively for the second half, but the Roadrunners still dominated the court.

With under a minute left in the game, Leandra Sands bumped the score up to 70-41, the largest lead of the game.

Alyssa Benson scored the most points of the night, with a total of 13. This is a comeback from her recent no-score streak in the past three games. Candace Kohn and Sands scored 10 points each, including two 3-pointers each. Woods had six assists in the game, her personal best. The Valencia sisters, Kristin and Brandi, also made their presence known in the court, scoring eight points each. Kristin had the highest number of rebounds of the game, with a total of nine.

The Roadrunners were tired after the game, placing ice bags on their sore muscles, but they were also visibly happy and proud of themselves for the big win.

“Regis is a big rivalry, so it’s always good to beat them,” Kristin said after the game. “I think we really wanted it.”

Metro State Head Coach Linda Lappe agrees that Regis is a rival school and was glad to get a win at home. She says the girls had a good practice the night before the game and were ready to bring it with the offense as well as the defense.

“We were clicking on all cylinders offensively and when we do that, we’re tough to beat,” Lappe said.

In the 2008-2009 season, Metro State placed third in the RMAC East Division, with Regis following closely behind at fourth place. The season before that, 2007-2008, Metro State placed second and Regis took third. These teams are often close in the standings.

With such a close rivalry, Lappe and the Roadrunners knew they had to be at the top of their game.

“We did what we needed to do to win,” Lappe said.

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