FLC’s March Madness begins with W

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FLC’s March Madness begins with W

’Hawks outrun the Lions to their 3rd consecutive appearance in the Shootout championship
Western State shocks No. 7 Metro State

PUEBLO – The Western State women’s basketball team is one win from the NCAA Tournament.
Needing to secure the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s automatic bid to qualify, the Mountaineers got one step closer to doing just that by edging top seed and No. 7-ranked Metro State 70-66 on Friday at the RMAC Shootout semifinals at the Colorado State Fair Events Center.
The Roadrunners (25-3) cut a lead that had been eight with 1:27 left down to 68-66 when Jenessa Burke hit a 3 with 23 seconds left. Western State (16-14), the No. 4 seed, split a pair of free throws, leaving the door open, but Burke’s 3-point attempt was blocked, and Taylor Murray sealed the deal for the Mountaineers with a free throw with 3.1 seconds left.
Nikki Trujillo led Western State with 22 points, and Brooke Pendergraft and Katie Hall chipped in 14 points and six rebounds apiece. Burke’s 13 led the Roadrunners, who likely lost any hope of hosting the NCAA Central Region Tournament with the loss.
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RMAC Shootout

Division II Women’s Basketball
Feb. 28-March 3
Quarterfinals
Tuesday, Feb. 28
No. 1 Metro State 84, No. 8 Colorado Mesa 61
No. 2 Fort Lewis 96, No. 7 Colorado Christian 64
No. 4 Western State 64, No. 5 Colorado Mines 59
No. 6 UC-Colorado Springs 61, No. 3 CSU-Pueblo 58

FINAL FOUR
March 2-3
Colorado State Fair Events Center, Pueblo
Semifinals
Friday, March 2
No. 4 Western State 70, No. 1 Metro State 66
No. 2 Fort Lewis 68, No. 6 UC-Colorado Springs 65
Championship
Saturday, March 3
No. 2 Fort Lewis vs. No. 4 Western State, 5:30 p.m. (KIUP 930 AM)
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FLC’s March Madness begins with W

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The contributions of Dana Schreibvogel played a big role in the Skyhawks’ 68-65 victory Friday night against UC-Colorado Springs in the RMAC Shootout. Schreibvogel scored 10 points in the win.
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Despite a host of defensive hands in her face, Fort Lewis College guard Erika Richards helped spark the Skyhawks to victory in the second half. “We know we have to come off the bench, and it’s not always an easy job, but we’ve gotta have a lot of energy, and I think that’s what both of us brought out (Friday),” Richards said.
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