|Posted January 3, 2009|
ThunderWolves fall to the Yellow Jackets
PUEBLO, Colo. - The ThunderWolves had a golden opportunity to start the new year on the right foot Saturday when it hosted Montana State-Billings in a non-conference battle.
But the Pack was shut down in nearly all facets by the wily Yellowjackets, led by the second-leading scorer in the nation, Alira Carpenter, who put up 25 points in scoring a 62-48 win over the ThunderWolves.
The Pack had trouble controlling the ball against the Yellowjackets, committing 16 turnovers, 12 of which coming by steals by MSU-Billings. The ThunderWolves also had fits on the boards, outrebounded 49-38 by MSU-Billings, who also ruled the offensive glass, grabbing 17 offensive boards to just nine for the Pack.
The ThunderWolves, for the first time in two years, had no standout players offensively as no ThunderWolf scored in double digits - the first time since a loss to Regis on Dec. 9, 2006 that a single Pack player failed to eclipse the 10-point mark. The Pack's top scorer was Rachel Espinoza (So., Pueblo, Colo.), who scored nine points, with seven of which coming by charities.
The loss drops the Pack to 8-3 overall, and is its second loss in as many games. The ThunderWolves will look to reassert itself next Friday when it hosts Colorado Christian.