PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Feb. 14, 2014) - It may not always be pretty.
And it definitely was not on Friday night.
After leading by as much as 11 in the second half, the ThunderWolves benefited from a 6-0 run late in regulation, highlighted by a key 3-pointer by Alex Evans (Sr., Louisville, Colo.) to pull way from the resilient Fort Lewis College Skyhawks en route to a 53-49 victory.
"Alex Evans hit a big three," head coach Kip Drown said. "I think her three point play, three point shot, was a monster, and it gave us some breathing room and put a little more pressure on them."
The ThunderWolves who defeated the Skyhawks on Dec. 3 in Durango, claimed the win over the Skyhawks Friday despite only shooting 29 percent from the field, 14 percent from 3-point range and 46 percent from the free throw line.
"I thought we got the ball to the rim a lot," Drown said. "We missed layups and we were 1-for-14 from three in the first half. I thought most of those were really good looks, but a couple we rushed. I felt like we were shooting ourselves in the foot. We weren't patient."
Taylor Fox (Sr., Santa Cruz, Calif.), who led the ThunderWolves in scoring Friday, finished with 17 points and nine rebounds. Evans, who hit what Drown said may have been the biggest shot of the night, finished the game with six points.
With the victory, the Pack is now 17-6 (14-3 RMAC), sitting in second place in the RMAC, just one win away from clinching a home playoff game in the RMAC Tournament. The win also gives CSU-Pueblo its first season sweep of Fort Lewis since 2006-07.
The ThunderWolves will play Adams State on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the Massari Arena, seeking the season sweep over the Grizzlies.
"Hopefully we shoot a little better - that's number-one," Drown said. "We beat them at their place and we have the chance to get the sweep. I thing the big thing for us is to mentally be ready to come out and play and not look past them."