No. 3 Skyhawks overcome Grizzlies
DURANGO, Colo. — Dana Schreibvogel scored 19 points and Katerina Garcia added 17 as No. 3 Fort Lewis College (8-0 overall, 3-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) defeated preseason RMAC favorite Adams State College (6-3, 1-2) 77-70 tonight in Whalen Gymnasium.
Garcia's basket with 4:41 remaining in the game lifted Fort Lewis to a 58-57 lead that they'd never relinquish. The Skyhawks extended the lead to 10 on a three-pointer by Mary Rose Paiz with 1:11 left in regulation.
The game pitted three-time defending RMAC champion Fort Lewis against the team picked to dethrone them in the preseason poll of league coaches. The two teams didn't disappoint, with the lead changing 11 times during the contest. The Grizzlies led 32-31 at intermission.
Schreibvogel, who has earned RMAC Player of the Week honors three times thus far in 2010-11, had a blue-collar type of performance, adding six rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocked shots.
The bench played a big role in the win, with the Skyhawk reserves outscoring their visiting counterparts 30-19. Garcia led the way with 17, while Stephanie Beeman had 11.
Abby Jackson was the only other Skyhawk starter to score in double digits with 14 points, plus four assists and four steals.
Crystal Loch came off the bench to lead the Grizzlies with 17 points, making three of four three-pointers. Kendra Coveal and Vera Jo Bustos each scored 14 for Adams State.
Adams State managed to outshoot the Skyhawks, going 28-of-55 from the field (.509) and six-of-14 from behind the arc (.429).
The Skyhawks went just 26-of-56 from the field (.464) and five-of-14 from three-point range (.357), but pushed the pace to its advantage, outscoring ASC 18-4 in fast break points and 25-19 in points off turnovers.
Fort Lewis continues its three-game homestand on Sunday, Dec. 19 against Mesa State and Monday, Dec. 20 against Western State. Both games start at 5:30 p.m. The games will be played on the odd dates due to Fort Lewis College's winter commencement, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 18 in Whalen Gymnasium.