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FLC women lose final game to Mesa

Team honors senior Candelaria
Sydney Candelaria of Fort Lewis College drives to the basket Saturday night while playing Colorado Mesa University at FLC. Candelaria finished the season with 578 points, setting a single season record for FLC. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

The Fort Lewis College women’s basketball team ended its season at home Saturday, falling 77-54 to Colorado Mesa University.

The contest marked the final game of redshirt senior Sydney Candelaria’s career, but her name will be etched in FLC’s record books for years to come. Candelaria finishes her career ninth all-time in scoring with 1,258 points and first in single season scoring with 578 points this season. The Albuquerque native finished the season with a league-best 21.4 points per game – good for fifth in NCAA Division II.

Candelaria led all players Saturday with 25 points, followed by a 12-point outing for redshirt sophomore Kelsey Sorenson.

After trailing 20-11 after the first quarter, Candelaria hit a three, and Ember Cervantes sank a field goal to get FLC within four of Mesa, 20-16. Mesa, however, pulled away to 41-22 at halftime.

The Skyhawks opened the second half with a 15-7 run, getting 3-pointers from Sorenson, Candelaria and Jana Conejero.

Mesa took a 55-40 lead into the fourth. FLC cut it to 10 points, 55-45, but the Mavericks responded with a 15-0 run and never looked back.

The Skyhawks end the year 2-25 overall and 1-20 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Mavericks improved to 22-5, 17-5.

Ember Cervantes of Fort Lewis College plays defense Saturday night against Colorado Mesa University at FLC. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
Brooke McGee of Fort Lewis College plays defense Saturday against Colorado Mesa University at FLC. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)