It wasnt always smooth sailing offensively for the No. 4 Fort Lewis College womens basketball team, but, as usual, when things did click, the Skyhawks were untouchable.
FLC used a 32-10 run to pull ahead by 22 at halftime before cruising to a 74-48 victory over Colorado School of Mines on Friday at Whalen Gymnasium.
FLC used streaky offense to bury the Orediggers, who because of key injuries are a shell of the squad FLC ousted in the opening round of last years NCAA Tournament.
Abby Jackson and Dana Schreibvogel scored FLCs first 19 points, and after both teams were squared at 10, FLC closed with a 32-10 run to pull ahead 42-20 at the break.
I thought we were pretty active in the press and in the halfcourt at times until the last few minutes, FLC head coach Mark Kellogg said. I mean we were all over the place.
A big key for FLC (23-1, 18-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) offensively during the key spurt was the play of Katerina Garcia.
The Durango High School alumna scored six of her 10 points during the run and helped spark a defensive turnaround after a lukewarm start.
Ive been trying to get my self-confidence back up, and my teammates when they start hitting from the outside, it opens up the inside for me to use my speed and get by, Garcia said. Abby was on fire (Friday night), and even Dana was on fire from outside, and that opened up the lane a little bit.
Defensively, the Skyhawks badgered Mines (7-17, 3-16 RMAC) into 33 turnovers.
In the second half, Kellogg said he thought his starters lacked the energy they brought in the opening frame, admitting that tonights opponent, Colorado Christian - the only team to knock off the Skyhawks, may have had something to do with it.
Those things you control like energy, effort and emotion I thought we were emotionless and energyless if thats a phrase, Kellogg said.
Schreibvogel led FLC with 18 points, and Jackson hit 14 for the Skyhawks.