Good post play is hard to beat.
Just ask CSU-Pueblo.
While the ThunderWolves did a fair amount of damage from 3, the Fort Lewis College womens basketball team dominated down low, and behind career nights from Dana Schreibvogel and Jenna Santistevan, pulled away for an 87-73 victory Friday at Whalen Gymnasium.
CSUP (13-8, 10-7 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) hit 14 3-pointers, but the No. 4 Skyhawks countered by pounding the ball down low.
The result: Schreibvogel tied a career high with 28 points, set twice before earlier this year against CSUP and UC-Colorado Springs, to go with seven assists and seven rebounds, and Santistevan set a career-high of her own with 17 points on 8 of 9 shooting while adding six rebounds.
We knew that the post was going to be open, and all those open looks were going to be open, so it was just a matter of getting it in there and knowing who to hit at the right time, Santistevan said.
Nowhere was the duos dominance more pronounced than in the games deciding spurt. Up just 58-53 with 11:46 to go, Schreibvogel and Santistevan combined for 17 of FLCs next 22 points, helping push the lead to 80-64 with 3:14 to go.
Defensively, the Skyhawks (21-1, 16-1 RMAC) did a good job of forcing turnovers, finishing with 21 takeaways, but FLC did an underwhelming job of closing out on 3-point shooters, allowing the ThunderWolves to hit 56 percent from 3, including an 8 of 12 mark in the first half. By contrast, CSUP made just 10 shots from inside the arc all night.
If youre a defensive-minded person, there wasnt anything pretty about one team shooting 50 percent and the other team 60, FLC head coach Mark Kellogg said.
Not to be lost in the shuffle, senior guard Abby Jackson scored 16 points while setting the schools all-time assist record with her 358th assist.
The Tulsa, Okla., native found Santistevan down low on an inbounds play with 5:35 left, and Santistevans layup pushed Jackson past Carrie Gomer on the all-time FLC list.
Its really cool. Obviously it wouldnt have happened if they werent making shots every night, Jackson said about holding the record.
I dont think we even knew, Santistevan said about making the record-setting bucket.
Pueblo made a 13-0 run in the first half, making its first 2-point field goal during that run when Caiti Forrester connected on a jumper with 7:02 left. FLC went nearly five minutes without a field goal and trailed 27-25.
But led by who else? Santistevan and Schreibvogel, FLC closed the half on a 16-5 run to take a 41-32 lead into the half.
I thought Jenna was so good; thats the best game shes ever played in her career here, Kellogg said of the junior. Dana did what Dana does, which is unbelievable.