DENVER, Colo. (November 11, 2016) – In their first game of the season, Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball dominated Texas A&M University-Commerce in the opening game of the Denver Holiday Inn Cherry Creek Classic. The Pack won by a score of 81-58 over a Commerce team that went 16-13 a season ago.
The ThunderWolves outshot the Lions, making 42.6 of their shots from the field, compared to just 26.5 percent for Commerce. CSU-Pueblo sank 45.5 percent of their shots from downtown and went 19 for 22 from the charity stripe (86.5 percent). With 81 points, the Pack posted its highest scoring total since Nov. 15, 2014 and their highets regulation total since a Dec. 13, 2013, 89 point showing against Regis University.
Molly Rohrer (Greenwood Village, Colo.) began her sophomore season with a bang. Rohrer led all scorers with 18 points. She also matched her career-high with eight rebounds. After leading the RMAC in blocks as a freshman, Rohrer started her season with three blocks against Lions. She made 7-of-11 from the field and all four of her free throw attempts.
Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) led all players with 13 rebounds. Heyn finished with two blocks and four points. In two career games against the Lions, Heyn has averaged 14.5 rebounds per game.
In her Pack debut, Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) filled the stat sheet. Cunningham collected eight points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field, including two 3-pointers. She added seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
Junior Tuileisu Anderson (Vancouver, Wash.) scored 17 points. Anderson went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Coming off the bench, senior Jaszymn Johnson (Denver, Colo.) delivered 14 points. Johnson hit 5of her 7 attempts from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Johnson crashed the glass with three rebounds, two of which were offensive.
The Pack fell behind early, trailing 4-0 and eventually 7-5. The Pack would reclaim the lead and push it to 16-12. After a Commerce bucket, the Pack sank three 3-pointers, two from Johnson and one from Anderson to increase the lead to double digits, 25-14. They would lead 25-16 after one. Johnson had 10 points in the first quarter. The Pack went 5-of-8 from deep in the opening frame.
In the second quarter, the Pack scored the first six points to up their lead to 15. When the Lions, closed within nine again, the ThunderWolves responded with another six-point run over 1:34 that put them back up by 15. They would carry a 42-28 lead into halftime. Rohrer did not miss a shot in the first half, going 5-for-5 over the first 20 minutes. She had two blocks in the second quarter.
A 7-3 run to open the second half helped the Pack build their lead to its highest total yet, 18. However, late in the quarter, the Lions would trim the lead to single digits at 56-47 with 1:20 left in the third. Heyn scored the final three points of the third to take the lead back to 12, 59-47 after three. Anderson scored seven points in the third.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Pack. CSU-Pueblo went on a 13-2 over the first five minutes of the final frame to make it a 72- 49 lead. The Pack would make all 14 of their free throw attempts in the fourth quarter to put away the Lions 81-58. Junior Taylor Long (Moreno Valley, Calif.) drained six free throws in the fourth en route to a nine point debut with CSU-Pueblo.
The ThunderWolves outrebounded the Lions 50-41. They held a 17-8 edge in assists and a 7-2 advantage in blocks.
With a 1-0 record, the Pack will face a test Saturday when they play defending National Champion, Lubbock Christian at 5 p.m. That game will be held on the campus of Metro State University Denver as the pack wraps up play in the Denver Holiday Inn Cherry Creek Classic.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics