|Posted February 12, 2010|
Pack gets monumental win over Adams State
CSU-Pueblo 66, Adams State 49
It may have been impossible to overstate the magnitude of Friday night's CSU-Pueblo/Adams State matchup.
At stake in the game, which featured two squads tied at 10-3 in conference play and tied for second place in the RMAC West Division standings, was the right to potentially host a home playoff game between the two schools, as well as solidify their respective places in the NCAA Division II Central Regional Rankings, which will ultimately decide which teams qualify for the national tournament.
A number of factors worked in the ThunderWolves' favor Friday, and CSU-Pueblo, which opened the week ranked eighth in the Central Region, were dominant from the outset against the third-ranked team in the region in Adams State. It also helped that Adams State's top scorer, Vera Jo Bustos, suffered a knee injury prior to the start of Friday's game, and she was a late scratch from the lineup.
Tied at 12 midway through the first half, CSU-Pueblo went on 13-3 run to open up a 25-15 lead near the end of the half. Katrina Selsor (Fr., Glenwood Springs, Colo.) nearly took down a double-double in the first half alone, ending the half with eight point and seven rebounds. She ended the night with 14 points and eight boards
The second half, though, belonged to the strong play at post by Caitlyn Jewell (Sr., Pagosa Springs, Colo.). Jewell had one of her top games of her career, knocking down a team-high 16 points. A number of Jewell's points was set up by Kendall Babler (So., Rifle, Colo.), who came through with four steals, part of the Pack's 15 steals overall.
Defensively, the ThunderWolves were stout, overcoming a 37-25 disadvantage on the glass by forcing 22 turnovers. The ThunderWolves' perimeter defense was also tough, holding the Grizzlies to an 0-for-7 night from beyond the arc.
Now in sole possession of second place in the RMAC West Division, the ThunderWolves will seek to put an exclamation point on their weekend when they host the number-six team in the nation in Fort Lewis Saturday night.