DURANGO, Col. After a strong second and third quarters from Western Colorado, they had a chance to win the game with multiple leads – the last lead was at 3:32 in the fourth quarter. But their offense eventually cooled, allowing Fort Lewis College to walk away with a 64-57 lead.
JUST THE FACTS
end result: Fort Lewis defeated Western Colorado 64-57
Records: Western Colorado 1-6, 0-2 RMAC, Fort Lewis 4-4, 1-1 RMAC.
Location: Whalen High School; Durango, Colo.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Fort Lewis took control of the game early, taking a 3-2 lead at 7:29 am and managing to extend their lead to six points from there before the first quarter ended. Emmery Wagstaff and Rachel Cockman were the only Mountaineers to score in the first quarter, Wagstaff lost five points – after a three-pointer and two free throws — and Cockman scored four points after two layups. At the end of the first quarter, Western was trailing 9-15.
- In the second quarter, the Mountaineers looked like a completely different team as they erased the Skyhawks’ six-point lead and took over a point of their own before halftime.
- 8:09 in the second quarter, 14-18 behind, Cockman began cooking up the Fort Lewis defense, starting an 8-3 run, knocking down four straight layups and cutting the lead to 20-21 with 5:16 before the game. On the Skyhawks’ next possession, they knocked down a three-pointer of their own. But Kylie Crisis responded with a three of her own – 2:23 mark – and kept Fort Lewis’ lead (24-23) by a point.
- Late in the second quarter, 1:31 on the clock to be exact, Wagstaff evened the game at 26 points apiece on a step back three-pointers. After a missed three-point attempt by the Skyhawks, Natalie Sumrok gave a pass to Crisis, who knocked down her second three-point of the quarter and put Western 29-26 ahead with 38 seconds left.
- Before the end of the quarter, Fort Lewis made a layup of their own, putting the score at halftime to 29-28.
- The Skyhawks briefly took a 33-30 lead against the Mountaineers early in the third quarter. But Crisis tied the game up with another three-pointer. The score would go back and forth – Fort Lewis took the lead, then Western tied them immediately – for the next few minutes.
- However, the Mountaineers began to take control of the game when Cockman made a layup and converted a free throw, giving Western a 41-37 lead. About a minute later, Wagstaff knocked down a three and extended his lead to 44-38.
- With a 50-42 lead, the Skyhawks ended the third quarter on an 8-0 run as the game was tied by 50 points going into the fourth quarter.
- Both teams struggled to score for about five minutes in the fourth quarter. Fort Lewis, however, managed to score a few more points than Western, giving the Skyhawks a 55-52 lead over the Mountaineers with 5-10 to go.
- At 4:10 on the clock, Cockman knocked down two free throws and about 30 seconds later Wagstaff made a layup, giving Western a 56-55 lead – their first lead of the quarter – with 3:32 remaining. This was the last time the Mountaineers took the lead as Fort Lewis ended the game on a 9-1 run.
- Cockman was the top scorer for the Western, who lost 21 points (8 of 16) and had a team-high with six rebounds. Wagstaff was right behind her with 16 points (5 of 12) and five rebounds of her own.
- Overall, the Mountaineers shot 45.5 percent (20-44) from the field, 41.2 percent (7-of-17) from three, and 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the free-throw line.
- While Western shot great throughout the game, Fort Lewis was able to take his second chance and beat the Mountaineers 14-1 in that category. In addition, the Skyhawks had 13 points less turnover than the Westerns six points.
The Mountaineers will return home for their next two games against Chadron State College (December 9, 5:30 p.m.) and Colorado Christian University (December 10, 5:00 p.m.).