One run helps FLC sprint past Adams State

A few mistakes here, a few missed shots there, and Adams State found itself on the wrong end of a blowout at the hands of the Fort Lewis College women’s basketball team.

The Skyhawks held the Grizzlies without a field goal for 7 minutes, 11 seconds in the second half, and big offensive performances from Katerina Garcia and Erika Richards paced FLC to a 66-46 win Saturday in Alamosa.

FLC (10-8, 9-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) had some trouble putting away a pesky Adams State team early in the second half, but after the Grizzlies (7-11, 4-10 RMAC) hit a field goal with 13 minutes, 53 seconds to play in regulation, FLC embarked on a 12-0 run over the next 7:11 to put what had been a close game out of reach.

“I tell you what, there was a stretch in the second half where we played really well,” FLC head coach Jason Flores said. “We were locked in defensively on what we needed to do and had a great rhythm on offense. ... Definitely fun to be a part of when we start playing like that.”

Garcia helped drag FLC out of some early doldrums, scoring 21 of the Skyhawks’ first 41 points, finishing with 21 to tie a career-high.

And as the Skyhawks began to run away from the Grizzlies, the scoring baton landed in Richards’ hands, and the junior guard did her best work down the stretch and finished with 19 points.

Their high-scoring nights helped FLC overcome the struggles of Ashley Kuchar and Christie Groh, who hit just 5 of 21 from the field. But despite a couple of uncharacteristic shooting nights, Flores said he was happy with the defensive effort.

“She felt like she wasn’t shooting great; she knew it, but she turned that into a good defensive effort,” Flores said of Kuchar.

FLC held Adams State to 35-percent shooting and forced 24 turnovers.

Ann Pauly led Adams State with 11 points, and Kelly Hernandez had 10.

FLC will play Western New Mexico at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Silver City, N.M.

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