Pack outlasts UCCS, takes Steel & Silver points

Pack outlasts UCCS, takes Steel & Silver points

ThunderWolves use 27-point game from Hicks to claim win.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ( - Feb. 4, 2012) - This season, Erica Hicks (Jr., Lakewood, Colo.) has been frustrated.

The Pack's sharp-shooter has been hampered all season by inaccuracy from beyond the arc, hitting just 19 percent of her three-point attempts, a season after shooting a solid 34 percent from three as a sophomore.

Saturday, as CSU-Pueblo attempted to move to an impressive 17-3 against UC-Colorado Springs, Hicks finally found her stroke.

The ThunderWolves' junior had her best collegiate game, going 9-for-10 from the field, including a career-best 6-for-7 from three, as CSU-Pueblo bested UCCS 66-60.

Facing a hostile environment, as the UCCS faithful packed its Gallogly Events Center for its rivalry game with the ThunderWolves, CSU-Pueblo repeatedly took the crowd out of the game all night long.  Hicks started the festivities by sinking three three-pointers early, but three first-half fouls forced her out of the game as the Pack led by just four, 29-25, at halftime.

Hicks stayed out of trouble in the second half, not committing another foul and repeatedly chucking threes that fell true time after time.  She also cut over the middle on repeated occasions for easy layups and took down five boards.

The rest of the ThunderWolves were also largely effective, lowering their collective shoulder and fighting for buckets, resulting in 31 trips to the free throw line and a total of 24 charity points, compared to just six by the Mountain Lions.  A near double-double output by Laurel Kearsley (Jr., Victor, Idaho) also helped matters, as she turned in an 8-point, 12-rebound game.

CSU-Pueblo, now 17-3, will return home for a showdown with nationally-ranked Fort Lewis Friday and Adams State Friday.