Slow start hampers Pack against CSU-Monterey Bay

ThunderWolves nearly come back in closing seconds but run out of time.


SEASIDE, Calif. (GoThunderWolves.com - Nov. 23, 2011) - The ThunderWolves got off to a slow start against a highly-regarded Cal State-Monterey Bay squad Wednesday, losing by a slim 70-67 margin after a last-ditch comeback attempt.

The ThunderWolves were the victims of a 12-2 start by CSU-Monterey Bay, and it was simply a hole it could never climb out of.  CSU-Pueblo played the Otters even the rest of the half, outscoring them 24-23 the rest of the way, but trailed 35-26 at halftime.

Things got really ugly for the ThunderWolves, though, in the second half, as the Otters opened things up with an 11-2 run, all 11 points being scored by Erika Ward, who sank three three-pointers.  She would lead all scorers with 22 points.

CSU-Pueblo, however, made a spirited run at stealing the game back from CSU-Monterey Bay outright.  After going down a game-high 21 points midway through the half, the ThunderWolves went on a 23-7 run, getting within five, 62-57, with 4:17 remaining.

The Otters, though, quickly went on a 6-1 run, going up 68-58 and putting the game seemingly out of reach.  But another surge by the Pack, scoring six straight points to get to 68-64 with 29 seconds left, gave CSU-Pueblo signs of life.  But with too many fouls to give in a relatively clean game, time simply ran out on the Pack's comeback.

The ThunderWolves were led by Kendall Babler (Sr., Rifle, Colo.) and Jennelle Branting (Sr., Littleton, Colo.), each of which had 16 points.  Laurel Kearsley (Jr., Victor, Idaho) recorded her first career double-double, going for 10 points and 10 rebounds.

CSU-Pueblo falls to 2-1 on the heels of a showdown with its first Canadian opponent ever, British Columbia's Simon Fraser, on Friday as the team will close out its trip to the CSU-Monterey Bay Classic.