Once was enough.
The Fort Lewis College womens basketball team lost in its last meeting with Colorado Christian. This time, once the Skyhawks decided to impose their will, Christian didnt have a prayer.
FLC used a 20-7 run to break the game open in the first half and avenged its lone blemish with a 92-68 rout of the Cougars on Saturday at Whalen Gymnasium in front of an estimated 1,535 fans.
We were just ready to get them here and show them how its played here, FLC senior guard Abby Jackson said.
The Skyhawks put a streaky performance from Friday behind them to turn in another virtuoso performance against a top-caliber opponent. Up just 29-28 with 4:03 left in the first half, Fort Lewis finished the half on a 20-7 spurt, keyed by a pair of 3s from Jackson and eight points from Dana Schreibvogel, who finished with a game-high 23.
FLC (24-1, 19-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) shot 63 percent in the first half and forced 33 turnovers in the game.
I thought we made pretty good decisions. ... We got layups. We got open shots, and we converted them, FLC head coach Mark Kellogg said.
Jackson, FLCs lone senior, was superb in her final regular season home game. The schools all-time leader in assists, 3-pointers and victories scored 17 points on 4 of 6 shooting and handed out seven assists.
Kellogg said for Fort Lewis to return to last seasons heghts, Jackson, the Skyhawk with the most NCAA Tournament experience, will need to continue her streak of double-digit scoring, a burden the Tulsa, Okla., native said shes not afraid to carry.
I want that for my team, because I know if Im performing well then that helps our team even more, Jackson said.
Stephanie Beeman, known primarily for defense and rebounding, exploded for a career-high 19 points for Fort Lewis on 5 of 7 shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 night from behind the arc. The lanky 5-11 junior forward, sporting a mask to shield a broken nose she suffered in practice a week and a half ago, had six assists as well in 25 minutes.
You see one person making shots and doing things good, you want to score, too, Beeman said.
The Cougars managed to trim what had been a 59-41 lead down to 59-47 with 14:22 remaining, but the Skyhawks used a 10-2 run over the next five minutes to salt the game away.
Stephanie Allen led CCU (16-8, 14-6 RMAC) with 21 points, and freshman Christina Whitelaw added 18, nine rebounds and six assists.
The win capped an undefeated 13-0 home campaign for the Skyhawks, and FLC improved its home court winning streak to 44 games dating back to 2008, when FLC dropped the regular-season finale to Western State.
As for Beeman, the career high scoring night may have persuaded her to pull a Rip Hamilton as far as the mask is concerned.
I think I might keep the mask, Beeman said with a laugh.