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Lady Stangs Fall to Fort Lewis College

by Michael Rowse

Fort Lewis College started fast and held off the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team Saturday night coming away with the 66-37 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory. 

Fort Lewis College (FLC) opened with the first seven points two minutes in. Jelesia Gray, who had a big night for the Western New Mexico University (WNMU) Lady Mustangs, scored the first of her game-high 18 points at the 17:33 mark to put WNMU (2-12, 1-9 RMAC) on the board down five, 7-2.

FLC (7-6, 6-3 RMAC) responded, going on an 11-0 run over the next four minutes for the 18-2 advantage.  The Skyhawks would jump the lead into the 20’s several minutes later and after Gray hit a pair from the line late in the first half to drop the deficit to 19, FLC closed the half with the last basket to take a 39-18 lead into the locker room.

The second half started with another FLC run, this one a 5-0 variety before Gray again tallied the first points of the half for the Lady Mustangs on a layup two minutes in.  Sasha Montez and Desiree Young helped close the game strong, with Montez posting three points and a layup from Young to go on a 5-0 run to end the contest with FLC winning by 29.

Gray recorded 10 of her 18 points at the free throw line, as she went a perfect 10-for-10. Heather Hamilton added six points. Veronica Celaya again led the team in rebounds with nine.  Katerina Garcia led FLC with 14 points, as they had three in double-figures.

Both teams struggled from the field, with FLC hitting at a 36.8 percent clip (25-68), while WNMU shot just 14.8 percent (8-54). FLC made seven more three-pointers (8-1), while the Lady Mustangs had a solid 20-8 advantage on made free throws.

WNMU will return home this coming week, as they will host Black Hills State on Friday night with game time set for 5:30 p.m. inside Drag’s Court.

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