Pack solidifies standing with win over Mines

Pack solidifies standing with win over Mines

Espinoza becomes second-leading scorer in school history in win.

GOLDEN, Colo. ( - Feb. 25, 2011) - CSU-Pueblo claimed its third straight win Friday after besting Colorado School of Mines 80-75 in Golden.

CSU-Pueblo, now 16-9 on the season and 13-8 in RMAC play, moved closer to claiming the RMAC's fifth seed in the upcoming playoffs.

CSU-Pueblo overtook Mines after they uncorked a hot start on the ThunderWolves, leading the Pack for the entire half but eatching as an 8-point lead disintegrated on a 7-0 run by the Pack in the final 4:28 of the first half.

After giving up a three-pointer to Mines to open up the second half, CSU-Pueblo embarked on a 9-1 run to take a 40-35 lead, giving the Pack enough cushion to hold the lead for the remainder of the game.

CSU-Pueblo got a game-high 24 points from Rachel Espinoza (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.), who got enough points to move into sole possession of second place on the CSU-Pueblo all-time career scoring charts with 1,455 points, passing Suzanne Gonzales (1988-92), who scored 1,426 points in her time with the ThunderWolves.

CSU-Pueblo now will play for position as it enters its final conference game of the season Saturday at Colorado Christian.