|Posted February 27, 2009|
Strong defensive effort fuels ThunderWolves win
CSU-Pueblo exacted revenge for an earlier loss to Western State Friday, putting up one of its best defensive performances of the year as the ThunderWolves posted a 57-49 win over the Mountaineers.
The Pack held Western State to just 19 points in the first half and claimed a 43-39 advantage on the class, a season-high for boards for the Pack, as Western State shot just 29.8 percent from the field.
One of the keys to the Pack's win was its control of western State's Amber Murray. Murray, who torched the Pack for 34 points in Western State's win over the ThunderWolves on Jan. 23, was held to just six points on 2-for-10 shooting. Not one Mountaineer scored in double-digits in the game.
The ThunderWolves were led on both sides of the ball by Michelle Ambuul (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), who led the Pack with 15 points and 11 boards, her second double-double of her career. Rachel Espinoza (So., Pueblo, Colo.) added six assists and eight points for the Pack.
CSU-Pueblo's win brings them one step closer to hosting a playoff game in the RMAC Tournament. A CSU-Pueblo win over Mesa State Saturday, or a Metro State loss will create a Tuesday night playoff showdown at Massari Arena.