March 13, 2009

Courtesy of Fort Lewis Athletics

MANKATO, Minn. - The lady Skyhawks (28-3) won the first round of the NCAA Regional’s Tournament for the first time in school history. The Skyhawks and the Huskies traded shots for most of the game however; Skyhawks were too tough in the end.

The first half of the game, Fort Lewis, went down 6 points right off the bat until Katie Mackey converted a three point play to rid the Skyhawks of their national tournament anxiety. The Huskies kept the lead until 10:38 of the first half when Abby Jackson drained a three pointer. The first half had three lead changes, and at 3:22 of the first half the Huskies led the Skyhawks 25-17 with Talisha Barlow of St. Cloud shooting 13-20 scoring 28 points on the game and 18 in the first half.

The last three minutes of the first half the Lady Skyhawks outscored the Huskies 10-2. The first half ended with the Huskies leading the Skyhawks 29-27.

In the second half FLC came out more fired up than the start of the first. The Huskies and the Skyhawks traded off shoots with seven lead changes within the first ten minutes of the second half. The Skyhawks finally found their rhythm and their upbeat tempo was too much for the Huskies to handle.

With ten minutes left in the half, the Huskies put the Skyhawks into the bonus. FLC took full advantage of the bonus free throw shooting 17-18 from the line in the second half.

The Skyhawk leading scores for the afternoon were Allison Rosel with 20, Katie Mackey with 18 and Abby Jackson with 16.

The Skyhawks are back in action tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m.