After pounding the post Friday while CSU-Pueblo bombed away from deep, the No. 4 Fort Lewis College womens basketball team figured it would give perimeter shooting a go.
And on Pink Zone night benefiting the fight against breast cancer, UC-Colorado Springs ended up seeing red.
Fort Lewis hit 17 3-pointers and held the Mountain Lions to just 28 percent shooting en route to an 85-48 victory Saturday at Whalen Gymnasium.
It was clear from the outset that UCCS had designs on packing the paint and not allowing Dana Schreibvogel and Jenna Santistevan, who combined for 45 points Friday, to beat them.
Its smart of them. What are they going to do not collapse? Schreibvogel said.
Instead, the Skyhawks beat them from deep.
By the time it was over, FLC hit 17 of 32 attempts, and the 51 points scored on 3s alone wouldve been enough for victory.
Nearly everybody got in on the action, including Schreibvogel, who was 2 of 2 from deep en route to a 17-point, seven-rebound night. Even reserve post Christine Groh buried a triple before she left the game.
Everyone else is making it, and when they all make it, it makes you want to take one and get in there, too, Schreibvogel said of the 3-point barrage. They werent guarding me, so why not?
FLC (22-1, 17-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) used a return to stifling defense to hold down UCCS, forcing 23 turnovers against just eight assists.
The Mountain Lions hit just 13 field goals, including just two 3s, to go with 20 free throws.
Outside of some early foul issues, FLC head coach Mark Kellogg, hoarse from a bout with illness and screaming from the night before was immeasurably more impressed with his defense Saturday after allowing CSUP to hit at a 50 percent clip Friday.
Other than just fouling them a little bit and letting them get points from the free throw line, I thought we were good defensively really good, Kellogg said.
UCCS (7-15, 6-12 RMAC) was bolstered by Danielle Browns 13 points and 10 rebounds, but no other Lion scored in double figures, and leading-scorer Lauren Wolfinger was held scoreless.
Despite the gaudy record, FLC still finds itself in a fight to hang on to the top spot in the Central Region.
Fort Lewis is far from resting on its laurels, knowing theres still a long way to go if it wants to host a second consecutive regional.
I dont even think the last three years its been this close at the top of this thing. ... Its probably going to go through the conference tournament even to determine who hosts this thing, Kellogg said.