Mark Kellogg pointed to two things to explain his third-ranked teams one-point loss to Colorado Christian:
b Free throw shooting.
b Offensive rebounding.
Those two things really cost us the game, the Fort Lewis College womens basketball coach said.
Colorado Christian upset No. 3 FLC 80-79 on Friday night in Lakewood, handing the Skyhawks their first loss of the season overall and in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
They always play us tough here, but we usually win, Kellogg said of the Cougars home in Lakewood. But its always tough.
FLC was up one in the waning seconds when Mary Rose Paiz was fouled and sent to the free throw line. She made the front end but missed the second.
FLC led 79-77.
Christina Whitelaw, the Cougars leading scorer as a starting freshman with 14 points per game, then was fouled on the other end of the floor on a shot attempt with no time left on the clock.
The shot went in to tie the game at 79.
The free throw, with nary a player near the paint, went in to give the Cougars the win.
I have never been a part of a game like that in my life, Kellogg said.
Whitelaw led the Cougars with 21 points, and the Colorado Springs native added nine rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Kelsie Hert had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Mallory Lowe had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for CCU.
Dana Schreibvogel, the RMACs leading scorer, was three points better than her average with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Skyhawks.
Paiz had 17 points and seven rebounds, and Jenna Santistevan was the only other FLC player in double figures with 10 points.
FLC, which led by 11 at the half, was outrebounded 48-35 and 15-7 on the offensive glass. The Skyhawks were just 8 of 18 from the free throw line.
They were good, Kellogg said. It was a hell of a basketball game.
Theyre a good, good team solid all around.
Hopefully, we remember this feeling and go take it out on Mines.
Hopefully, this is a growing-up process for us, Kellogg said.
FLC (14-1, 9-1 RMAC) will play Colorado School of Mines (7-8, 3-7) at 6 p.m. today in Golden.
Colorado Christian (10-3, 9-1) will host Adams State (11-5, 6-4) at 6 p.m. today in Lakewood.