With active defense and acute shot selection, Fort Lewis College blitzed Franklin Pierce University, the
second-ranked team in Division II women's basketball, 79-64 on Wednesday night in a national semifinal.
Already on unprecedented ground, FLC will play for a national championship Friday night at the St. Joseph Civic Arena
in St. Joseph, Mo.
FLC, the sixth-ranked team in the country, established its dominance early with a full-court press and an aggressive
Getting key contributions from reserve guard Lauren McCulloch and steady contributions from fellow seniors Audrey
George, Laura Haugen and Allison Rosel, Fort Lewis College shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half and led
the Ravens 40-29 at the break.
FLC was every bit as good in the second half, too, and the Skyhawks stifled the Ravens and their two-time national
player of the year into a 15-point defeat, just the Ravens' second loss this season.
Fort Lewis, the first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women's program ever to reach an NCAA Division II Elite
Eight, improved to 35-3 this season.
Rosel led the Skyhawks with 22 points and 11 rebounds. The RMAC Player of the Year, Central Regional Tournament MVP
and Honorable Mention All-America player was 10-for-13 from the floor in 39 minutes.
Haugen scored 19 points on 7 of 14 from the floor, 4 of 8 from 3 and 1 of 2 from the free throw line. Katie Mackey, who led the Skyhawks with 19 points in Tuesday night's quarterfinal victory, scored 11 points. Abby Jackson, the
Skyhawks' junior point guard, had 10 points, four assists and three 3s.
FLC shot 54 percent (28-for-52) from the floor and 48 percent (11-for-23) from 3, while Franklin Pierce was held to
33 percent (21-for-63 from the floor and 5-for-15).
Johannah Leedham, the division's all-time leading scorer with more than 3,000 points and fifth all-time in
all-classifications, was held to just 13 points on 5 of 22 from the floor.
Cynthia Gaudet led the Ravens with 23 points in the loss.
Fort Lewis will play the winner of Gannon or Emporia State at 7 p.m. MDT on Friday for the national championship.