The No. 6 Fort Lewis College women's basketball team kept its perfect Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference intact with a 77-58 win over Western New Mexico University on Saturday night at Whalen Gymnasium.
The Skyhawks (15-1 overall, 8-0 RMAC) won their 11th consecutive game by repeatedly feeding the post, where the Mustangs (5-11 overall, 3-5 RMAC) had no answer for Allison Rosel.
The junior center scored 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting and hauled in 12 rebounds as Western New Mexico allowed her feeds in the paint.
"That's what we expect," said Fort Lewis head coach Mark Kellogg. "They didn't double her, and they played behind (her) most of the night. When she catches it and people play behind, she's going to score a majority of the time."
Rosel's play down low freed the Skyhawk shooters on the perimeter, where Fort Lewis shot 6 of 15 on 3-point attempts.
Junior guard Katie Mackey - rebounding from recent shooting struggles - was 2-for-2 from behind the arc, scoring 15 and adding five rebounds and five assists.
"She hasn't shot it extremely well lately, but she's a resilient kid, she'll fight through it," Kellogg said.
Junior guard Laura Haugen had 14 points for the Skyhawks, and junior forward Audrey George netted 12 to complement three steals and a blocked shot.
The Skyhawks soared to an early 7-0 lead before a Mustang rally brought the score to 13-9 with 13 minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Western New Mexico held on to trail just 34-25 at the half, but a 14-4 spurt shortly after the break gave Fort Lewis a comfortable 21-point lead to lean on.
The Mustangs shot 52.2 percent in the second half, but shot opportunities were few and far between as Fort Lewis accumulated a 35-25 rebounding advantage.
For its part, Fort Lewis recovered from a 12-for-30 first half and shot 56.3 percent from the field in the second half.
Still, Kellogg would like to have seen more.
"Second half, the flow offensively was obviously considerably better than in the first half. But again, we're not putting 40 minutes together, and we're not getting everybody on the same page," Kellogg said. "Those are the two things that I really want to work on."
That the Mustangs creeped back to a nine-point deficit with five minutes to play irked the fourth-year head coach.
"I didn't think they seriously threatened (the lead). I thought we were pretty much in control, but it should never have gotten to that point," he said.
"That's what I'm talking about. We're not playing 40 minutes of basketball. When you get it to 20, you've got to get it up to 25, and then to 30, and not let people back in.
"We were good enough to win, (but) perhaps against somebody else, we're in a five-point game or a four-point game, and then it's a battle all the way through."
Audra Major led the Mustangs in scoring with 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
The Skyhawks will play at New Mexico Highlands University at 6 p.m. Friday.