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FLC women crush WNM

Skyhawks sweep RMAC weekend

Ashley Kuchar of Fort Lewis College knocks the basketball away from Morgan Wohltman of Western New Mexico during Saturday night’s game at Whalen Gymnasium. Kuchar and the Skyhawks won 66-37. Enlarge photo

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Ashley Kuchar of Fort Lewis College knocks the basketball away from Morgan Wohltman of Western New Mexico during Saturday night’s game at Whalen Gymnasium. Kuchar and the Skyhawks won 66-37.

Coach Jason Flores and the Skyhawks had a plan for Saturday night’s game against Western New Mexico at Whalen Gymnasium.

Concerned about the Mustangs’ momentum from their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win Friday night, the Skyhawks were determined to get off to a good start defensively.

Mission accomplished.

The Fort Lewis College women’s basketball team held Western New Mexico to only two points in the first 8 minutes of the game, eventually rolling to a 66-37 victory.

“We talked about them winning a game (Friday night) on the road,” Fort Lewis head coach Jason Flores said. “We wanted to jump out to a good start and put the (defensive) pressure on them early. That was really important.”

The Skyhawks relied on their balanced offense – the same offense that helped the Fort Lewis women beat New Mexico Highlands on Friday night.

“We needed to come home and get both of these game,” Flores said of the RMAC sweep at Whalen Gymnasium.

“I was really happy with our distribution,” said Flores, adding that three staters scoring in double figures, led by 14 points from Durango High School alum Katerina Garcia. She also had five assists and five steals.

Erika Richards scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds.

Ashley Kuchar added 10 points for the FLC women (7-6 overall, 6-3 in the RMAC).

Jelesia Gray led Western New Mexico with 18 points, including 10 of 10 from the foul line.

“We did a good job on defense other than their free throws,” Flores said. Western New Mexico (2-12, 1-9RMAC) converted 20 of 25 foul shots.

The Skyhawks will hit the road next weekend for another key RMAC series. They will play at Regis at 5 p.m. Friday in Denver.

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Freshman guard Kylie Santos attacked the Western New Mexico defense Saturday night. Enlarge photo

STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald Freshman guard Kylie Santos attacked the Western New Mexico defense Saturday night.