|Posted January 9, 2009|
CCU overtakes ThunderWolves at Massari
PUEBLO - The ThunderWolves were greeted by a determined Colorado Christian team Friday night, who claimed their first win over the ThunderWolves since 2000 with a 70-68 victory over the Pack.
The ThunderWolves' foil against the Cougars was one that has hindered them as of late - inability to make medium to long range shots. Aside from Michelle Ambuul (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), who led all scorers with a 29-point effort, sinking a career-high seven three-pointers in 13 attempts, the rest of the ThunderWolves combined to go 3-for-19 from beyond the arc, sinking the Pack's field goal to a paltry 30.3 percent.
Despite that, the ThunderWolves battled Christian virtually even on the scoreboard until the final minutes. With 1:34 remaining in the game and trailing by one, 66-65, the ThunderWolves could not regain possession of the ball. Though Christian was 1-for-3 from the field and 2-for-4 from the line inside of two minutes, the Pack couldn't take down a board, allowing four rebounds, three of them offensive, as the Cougars managed to reset the shot clock twice and seal the game.
When it was all said on the done, the Cougars were buoyed by a 20-point, 9-rebound game by Abby Rosenthal, and a stellar game on the boards, out-rebounding the ThunderWolves 51-40. The Cougars were also aces dishing the ball, recording 21 assists on just 30 field goals.
The ThunderWolves' loss was their third straight, their first three-game losing streak since Coach Kip Drown's first season in 2005-06. The ThunderWolves will look to break the hex Saturday night when they host Colorado Mines.
Notes: Mary Rehfeld (Sr., Juneau, Alaska) had an 11-point effort, which gives her 1,051 points for her career, rising to 8th on the all-time CSU-Pueblo scoring list ... Amanda Bartlett (So., Kiowa, Colo.) recorded 10 rebounds for her second double-digit rebound game of the season.