|Posted December 12, 2009|
Pack busts three-pointer record in drubbing of UCCS
CSU-Pueblo 85, UC-Colorado Springs 54
If you would have told CSU-Pueblo head women's basketball coach, Kip Drown, that his best player, point guard Rachel Espinoza (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) was only going to score two points and make zero field goals, he would have thought a UCCS win was certainly in the cards.
But the ThunderWolves shrugged off a bad night by the two-time RMAC Player of the Week, and still saw five players score in double digits as the Pack scored an 85-54 win over UC-Colorado Springs, claiming the women's basketball points in the "Steel and Silver Series," the all-sports competition between CSU-Pueblo and UC-Colorado Springs.
The Pack's night was defined by the three ball. The ThunderWolves sank 15 threes, a school record, in just 24 attempts for a .625 percentage from beyond the arc, the third-highest single-game three point percentage in school history. The Pack's long ball parade was led by Amanda Bartlett (Jr., Kiowa, Colo.), who sank three treys en route to a game and season-high 17 points, and Kami Dahlberg (Sr., Peyton, Colo.), who set a career high in scoring 11 points, sinking three three-pointers, also a career-high.
But the win had added importance as it awarded CSU-Pueblo its first points in the "Steel and Silver Series." Coming in, the Mountain Lions led CSU-Pueblo 18-0, on virtue of wins in men's and women's soccer, volleyball, men's golf and women's cross country. The school that claims the season series in head-to-head competition is awarded four points for that sport. CSU-Pueblo won the season series in women's basketball, as Saturday's game was the season's only meeting between the two schools. With five sports complete, CSU-Pueblo now trails 18-4. For the Pack to win the series, they must claim season series in men's basketball, softball, women's indoor track and women's outdoor track.
The win also puts the Pack squarely in first place in the RMAC West Division with a 3-0 conference record. CSU-Pueblo is the only team in the West to be undefeated through two weekends of conference play.
CSU-Pueblo will now travel to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Great Western Shootout, where the Pack will take on Western Washington and Central Washington.