Saturdays womens basketball game between Fort Lewis College and CSU-Pueblo had all the makings of turning out to be just like the schools other recent contests tight and down to the wire.
But with senior point guard Abby Jackson having an off night, Mary Rose Paiz out with four fouls and the Skyhawks trailing 45-44, something clicked for the nations No. 3 team, and a slim lead turned into a nightmare finish for the ThunderWolves.
Behind strong bench play and stellar contributions down the stretch by Dana Schreibvogel and Jenna Santistevan, FLC closed on a 38-8 run to rout CSU-Pueblo 82-53 on Saturday in Pueblo.
With Paiz in foul trouble and Jackson struggling, Kellogg inserted Stephanie Beeman, Katerina Garcia and Andrea Owens into the lineup alongside Schreibvogel and Santistevan. The quintet got steals, forced hurried shots and scored almost at will to turn a 28-28 halftime score into an attention-grabbing laugher.
Beemans nine points, Owens 8 and Garcias 7 mostly scored during the decisive run helped FLC to a 30-4 bench-scoring advantage.
It goes to show when we talk about depth, it shows how strong this team is, FLC head coach Mark Kellogg said of his bench.
The star from beginning to end for the Skyhawks (7-0, 2-0 in the RMAC), however, was Schreibvogel. She scored a career-high 28 points and pulled in 10 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double.
She did most of it on her own (Saturday), Kellogg said. She just really figured out how to play and knew what we were asking for.
Paiz was stellar early, finishing with 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Santistevan chipped in seven points and eight boards.