The No. 11 Fort Lewis College women improved to 14-1 (7-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with a hard-fought 65-58 win over Colorado Christian University on Saturday night.
Junior guard Laura Haugen attacked the basket throughout, finishing with 20 points and three steals.
Junior post Allison Rosel also forced four steals, as the Skyhawks forced 26 Cougar turnovers while committing just 16 themselves.
"Laura Haugen was fantastic - the best player on the floor, I thought, (Saturday night)," said head coach Mark Kellogg.
Senior guard Erin Kerr, after hearing screams from Kellogg to shoot, was 3-for-5 behind the arc on her way to a 15-point night.
The Skyhawks shot only 37.7 percent from the floor - compared to Colorado Christian's 45 percent - and found themselves facing a 6-0 deficit to start the game before responding with a 9-2 run of their own.
Fort Lewis went into halftime with a 31-30 lead, despite getting outrebounded by 10, a problem they were able to remedy in the second half, in which they nabbed seven more rebounds than the Cougars (9-6, 5-2).
"We worked hard, but didn't play very smart in the first half," Kellogg said. "We did some ditzy things that were out of character. That's what Colorado Christian makes you do."
Despite an improved Fort Lewis strategy, Colorado Christian still managed to tie the game at 51 with little more than seven minutes left, before the Skyhawks buckled down for a 12-3 run to put it out of reach.
"Great last seven minutes of this ballgame," said Kellogg. "That was a different ballgame."
Junior forward Abby Rosenthal scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds for Colorado Christian. Freshman forward Kelsie Hert and sophomore guard Jodie Krall both scored 10.
"I'm pretty proud of this one. We swept the (RMAC) East for the second year in a row, and that's pretty special."
It's the 11th consecutive win for the Skyhawks, who ended a 5-game winning streak for the Cougars.
Next up, the Skyhawks travel to Adams State for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday.