DENVER — No. 5 Metro State knocked off No. 4 Fort Lewis for the second consecutive time at home, defeating the Skyhawks 78-51 on Friday evening.
Metro State moved into a tie for first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with Fort Lewis, improving to 15-1 overall and 11-1 in the RMAC. FLC fell to 14-2, 11-1 in conference.
The 27-point victory was the largest margin of victory against a top-25 opponent for Metro.
Caley Dow recorded her third consecutive double-double with a career-high 14 rebounds to go with 12 points. She shot 6-11 from the floor and dished out three assists.
Brandi Valencia scored a game-high 13 points, going 6-6 at the line and pulling down five rebounds. Candice Kohn provided 10 points off the bench, hitting all four of her field goal attempts. She also grabbed a season-high seven boards.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 UC San Diego 73, Sonoma State 57|
|No. 5 Metro St. 78, No. 4 Fort Lewis 51|
|No. 17 Cal Poly Pomona 65, Dominguez 50|
|Monterey Bay 66, No. 22 Cal Stanislaus 46|
Emiliy Wood scored nine points and two Roadrunners scored eight points, Jasmine Cervantes and Jenessa Burke. Kristin Valencia added seven.
No Skyhawks player scored in double figures as they were held to just 25 percent shooting in the game. A swarming Metro State defense also forced 18 turnovers and out-rebounded FLC 48-33.
Dana Schreibvogel led the Skyhawks with nine points.
The Roadrunners put together one of their most dominant halves of the season, taking a 46-25 lead into the break behind 59 percent shooting from the floor, and a strong defense that forced 10 turnovers and limited FLC to 27 percent shooting.
Metro tore apart the FLC full-court pressure, outscoring the Skyhawks 24-8 in the paint.
After Fort Lewis scored the opening basket, Metro went on an 11-0 run to go up by nine, five minutes into the game.
A 15-2 run put Metro up 28-12 on a layup by Dow that gave her 10 points for the game with 7:45 left in the half. She led all scorers with 12 at halftime.
The Roadrunners stretched their lead out to 23 points, 46-23 after Wood hit two free throws following a technical foul issued to FLC head coach Mark Kellogg 36 seconds before halftime.
The Skyhawks trimmed the lead to 13 with 12:34 left in the second half after two free throws by Jenna Santistevan, but a quick 6-0 run pushed it back to 60-41.
Two free throws by Brandi Valencia stretched the lead back to 20 at 62-42 with 7:11 left. The Roadrunners led by 20 or more points the rest of the evening, and held a 30-point lead until a 3-pointer from Alex Easterbrook with five seconds remaining.