Skyhawks rebound from its deficiency to collect N.M. sweep

New Mexico Highlands won the rebounding battle.

Fort Lewis College won just about everything else, including the game.

The FLC women’s basketball team hit nine 3s, forced 21 turnovers and overcame an off rebounding night to pull past N.M. Highlands 71-64 on Saturday in Las Vegas, N.M.

“It was a really good game in pretty much every aspect other than rebounding. That was the only negative,” FLC head coach Jason Flores said.

A 10-0 second-half run gave FLC a nine-point lead, and although the Cowgirls cut that deficit to 51-50, FLC would use another 9-2 run to go up 60-52 before holding off N.M. Highlands.

FLC (12-8, 11-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) lost the rebounding battle 51-32. But the Skyhawks outshot N.M. Highlands 41 to 38 percent, forced 21 turnovers to just 16 Cowgirls’ assists, shot 47 percent from 3-point range and nearly had a 2-to-1 assist-turnover ratio, handing out 17 helpers against just eight turnovers.

“Everything else we did what we needed to do. We held them to (38) percent from the field on their home floor,” Flores said.

Katerina Garcia continued an impressive stretch of stellar play with a career-high 23 points, including a key 3 in the final two minutes to push the lead from five to eight points. Her backcourt partner, Alex Easterbrook, wasn’t too shabby herself, scoring 20 points.

“When they got hot, credit to the other players on the team; they found them,” Flores said.

FLC will return home to host CSU-Pueblo at 5:30 p.m. Friday.