|Posted March 13, 2010|
Pack's Cinderalla story runs out of pages
NCAA Central Regional Semifinal: No. 21 Concordia, St. Paul 83, CSU-Pueblo 56
DURANGO, Colo. - Seeking their fifth straight elimination game, CSU-Pueblo simply ran out of gas Saturday night, falling to a spot-on Concordia, St. Paul team 83-56 in the Central Region Semifinals.
CSU-Pueblo simply started cold while Concordia was red hot. The ThunderWolves only made three of their first 15 shots, while the Golden Bears couldn't be stopped, sinking nine first-half three pointers and building a 45-19 halftime lead, the largest halftime deficit ever for a Kip Drown-coached team at CSU-Pueblo.
The ThunderWolves sought to recapture the magic they had Friday when they rescued their game with a 22-0 run, but it wasn't in the cards. The Pack's leading scorers over the past few games, Katrina Selsor (Fr., Glenwood Springs, Colo.) and Kendall Babler (So., Rifle, Colo.) each got into foul trouble, and Selsor eventually fouled out.
Meanwhile, Concordia just stayed hot. The Golden Bears sank more threes, and created more opportunities dumping the ball to the inside and never letting CSU-Pueblo get a run put together.
The disappointing loss brought to an end a magical season in which CSU-Pueblo defied all odds to accomplish more than any other women's basketball team in school history. The Pack overcame an injury to its leading scorer, Rachel Espinoza (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) in the postseason opener at Adams State, and rallied as each player on the roster raised her game to claim four straight postseason wins, including an RMAC championship over fourth-ranked Fort Lewis, where Selsor turned in 28 points in one of the best peformances in RMAC Shootout history, and the first regional tournament win in school history over Wayne State Friday night.
As raw as the feeling is after Saturday's loss, the future is bright for the program. The program will bid goodbye to two seniors, Kristi Arness (Sr., Chico, Calif.) and Kami Dahlberg (Sr., Peyton, Colo.), with one senior, Caitlyn Jewell (Sr., Pagosa Springs, Colo.), a possibility to return for one more season next year.
Next season's edition of the ThunderWolves will have just two seniors (Espinoza and Amanda Bartlett (Jr., Kiowa, Colo.)), and pair of juniors and four sophomores.