|Posted January 10, 2009|
Charities, Ambuul lift Pack over Mines
PUEBLO, Colo. - Over the course of a season, each successful team has a legitimate highlight moment.
Saturday, Michelle Ambuul (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), delivered that moment.
In the midst of potential shot clock violation situation, faked a drive into paint, stepped back, and drilled a lazer of a three-pointer with 27 seconds left, giving the Pack a clinching 57-52 lead over Colorado School of Mines, enabling the Pack's 59-54 win over the Orediggers.
"That's one of the prettiest three-pointers I've seen," Pack coach Kip Drown said. "It was great to see Michelle come through in a big situation like that."
Ambuul's three capped a game in which the ThunderWolves overcame poor shooting from the field and a lack of control on the glass. The Pack was out-rebounded 46-32 and were the victim of eight blocks. Mines also shot a paltry 36.8 percent from the field, but dwarfed the Pack's output of an even 30 percent.
The Pack's shooting percentage was the lowest since Jan. 29, 2005 when they shot .254 against UC-Colorado Springs. Remarkably, the Pack somehow grinded out a win in that game too. And the way they did, just as they did Saturday vs. Mines, was by drawing fouls and making their opponent pay for it with excellent shooting from the charity stripe.
The Pack was 23-for-29 from the line, led by Rachel Espinoza (So., Pueblo, Colo.), who was 12-for-13 from the line, matching her career high with 23 points, also a game high. Her 12 free throws was also a career high.
The ThunderWolves' win breaks their season-long three-game losing streak and elevates their mark to 9-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play. The Pack will return to the hardwood to open a four-game road swing next Friday when they travel to Denver to take on Metro State.