Gritty Pack squeezes past Lopers

Sophomore Alex Evans (24) goes up for a layup during the Pack's 52-38 win over Nebraska-Kearney Jan. 21.

PUEBLO, Colo. ( - Jan. 21, 2012) - They say tough times never last but tough people do, and in the case of the Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball team, they provided enough toughness to squeeze past Nebraska-Kearney 52-38.

Even though the Pack never trailed in the game, the team had to deal with turnovers and poor shooting, combating it with tough, gritty defense.

The Pack held the Lopers to 22 percent shooting while holding their top two scorers, Debi Johnson and Vanessa Leeper-Jones, to just 19 points combined. In the first half, the defense was tough holding Nebraska-Kearney to only four made field goals.

Kendall Babler (Sr., Rifle, Colo.) was the lone ThunderWolf to reach double digits, finishing with a game-high 15 points.

The Lopers got as close as six points in the second half, but the Pack was able to buckle down defensively to keep the Lopers from making a comeback.

Instead of scoring from the field, the Pack relied on its toughness as the team constantly drove to the basket to force fouls. The team shot29 free throws in total throughout the game.

Babler was most efficient from the charity stripe, finishing 8-for-10 on the evening.

The Pack now embarks on a three-game road trip beginning Jan. 27 when they take on New Mexico Highlands. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.