|Posted January 22, 2009|
ThunderWolves bounce back, defeat Mesa
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The ThunderWolves survived a late surge by Mesa State Thursday night in Grand Junction, regrouping to come away with a 62-50 win over the Mavericks.
CSU-Pueblo held a 13-point halftime lead, 35-22, and led by as much as 14 midway through the second half, before Mesa State started burying shots, forcing stops and making things interesting.
The Mavericks embarked on a 17-0 run, holding CSU-Pueblo without a field goal for over eight minutes, turning a 41-27 disadvantage into a 44-41 lead.
The ThunderWolves shrugged off Mesa State's advance, however, answering right back with a 13-2 run that gave the Pack an eight-point advantage with just three minutes remaining, all but sealing the win. The run was keyed by Mary Rehfeld (Sr., Juneau, Alaska), who scored eight points during the advance, going 3-for-4 from the field, burying one three-pointer. Rehfeld finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.
The ThunderWolves were also led by Jonnie Draper (Sr., Littleton, Colo.), who turned in her best all-around performance of the season, recording 14 points and tying a career high with five steals. Michelle Ambuul (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) led all scorers with 17 points.
The Pack earned its victory by doing two things it has seemed to do all season when earning the win - leading at halftime and winning the rebound battle. CSU-Pueblo is now 10-0 this season when it leads at halftime, and is 8-0 win out-rebounding their opponent.
The ThunderWolves improve to 11-5 overall and 5-3 in RMAC play with the win. The Pack will look to sweep the weekend when they take on Western State in Gunnison Friday night.