The good news is the Fort Lewis College women’s basketball team is heading home.
Unfortunately, the road now behind FLC was pockmarked with potholes.
The Skyhawks lost their fifth consecutive game, falling 70-55 to CSU-Pueblo on Saturday in Pueblo.
Poor shooting was the culprit. The Skyhawks trailed 31-30 at halftime but finished just 28 percent from the field and didn’t hit a 3 after intermission. The ThunderWolves, meanwhile, hit at a 63-percent clip after the break.
“We let our cold spell offensively translate to our defense,” Fort Lewis head coach Jason Flores said.
“If we could’ve dug in on defense, maybe we could’ve dug out of our cold spell.”
Foul trouble buried the Fort Lewis bigs, hampering starter Christie Groh and eventually forcing freshman Meagan Prins into her first minutes as a Skyhawk.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak over CSU-Pueblo (5-1, 2-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) for the Skyhawks (1-5, 0-2 RMAC) and a five-game winning streak at Massari Arena.
Also, FLC hadn’t had a losing streak of five or more games since dropping six in a row in the 2005-06 season.
The Skyhawks are on the verge of losing more than five games for the first time since the 2006-07 season, as well.
FLC will look to get right when Adams State comes to town Saturday for Fort Lewis’ home opener.
Flores, for his part, said that while this streak is frustrating, he thinks his squad will pull through.
“Going forward, our focus is we’ve got 20 conference games left. ... It’s on me to get them ready to play on Saturday,” he said. “I know these kids, and there’s not quit in them.