Hot-shooting Ft. Lewis routs Mesa women

It doesn’t take the Fort Lewis College women’s basketball team long to put a game away.

In the span of 7 minutes, 5 seconds Saturday night, the Skyhawks took a three-point lead and extended it to 20 on their way to a 92-57 rout of Colorado Mesa in the regular-season finale.

“I’ve never seen anybody shoot it like that,” CMU coach Roger Walters said. “I’ve coached and seen a lot of games, and it was pretty impressive.

“We didn’t play as hard as we can. The second half was much better, I thought our effort was better, but the game was over at halftime.”

In the process, the Mavericks (13-13, 11-11 RMAC) dropped to the No. 8 seed in the RMAC Shootout and play at top-seeded and seventh-ranked Metro State (24-2, 20-2) at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Denver.

Fort Lewis (22-4, 19-3) drew the No. 2 seed and hosts CU-Colorado Springs (16-12, 11-11) in the bottom half of the bracket.

In the other top-bracket quarterfinal, No. 4 Western State (14-14, 13-9) hosts No. 5 Colorado Mines (12-16, 11-11). No. 3 CSU-Pueblo hosts Colorado Christian (13-15, 11-11) in the bottom half of the bracket.

In those seven minutes Saturday, the Mavericks took only four shots, making one, because they had nine turnovers. They went 3½ minutes between baskets, a jumper by Kelsey Sigl at the 15:50 mark and her layup at 12:20 to make it 30-10.

Mesa shot 40 percent from the field, hit a half-dozen 3-pointers and shot a season-best 81.3 percent from the free-throw line (including 8 of 8 in the first half), but kept giving the Skyhawks, ranked 15th in the nation and fourth in the region, extra possessions with 23 turnovers.

And Fort Lewis took advantage, shooting nearly 70 percent from the 3-point line in the first half and hitting 14 of 23 (60.9 percent) for the game.

“(Mary Rose) Paiz, (Dana) Schreibvogel and (Erika) Richards combined to go 10 for 11 from the arc,” Walters said. “It’s like playing golf and making every putt. It was pretty impressive to watch; unfortunately it was on us.

“They’d beat every D-II team in the country tonight, but I’m not worried about that, I’m worried about us. We’re better than that effort-wise. I’m really disappointed with us.”

Sigl had 15 points for the Mavericks, Alaina Brennan 14 and Katrina Selsor 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Paiz, who hit all six of her 3-point attempts, led the Skyhawks with 23 points.


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