ThunderWolves squash Skyhawks 79-56 in RMAC opener

ThunderWolves squash Skyhawks 79-56 in RMAC opener

DURANGO, Colo. (December 2, 2016) In their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game of the season, the No.12/10 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball team made a statement, rolling through previously unbeaten Fort Lewis College 79-56.

Both squads entered the weekend as two of the 22 unbeaten teams remaining in Division II. The Pack led by as many 37 as they improved to 7-0 (1-0 RMAC). Fort Lewis fell to 4-1 (0-1 RMAC.).

CSU-Pueblo held a 32-6 scoring advantage in the paint. The ThunderWolves outrebounded the Skyhawks 47-39. CSU-Pueblo shot 46.5 percent from the field, while limiting Fort Lewis to just 27.1 percent, including 23.8 percent from downtown.

Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) dominated for the Pack scoring a season-high 15 points. Heyn made 6-of-7 from the field including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. She also grabbed seven rebounds. Defensively, Heyn made an impact with two steals and a block.

Senior Jaszymn Johnson (Denver, Colo.) led all players with 16 points. Johnson swished 7-of-9 from the field. She added a pair of 3-pointers  and two assists coming off the bench for the Pack.

Reigning Two-Time RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) added four more blocks to her conference lead. Rohrer scored 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field. Rohrer matched her career high with four assists and chipped in five boards.

Angie Moore (Sr., Katy, Texas) netted a season-high 10 points. Moore made four of her nine shots from the field in the game and added a pair of free throws.

Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.)continues to facilitate for the Pack. Cunningham had five assists and 12 rebounds in the win. She made the only shot she took from the field.

Early in the game, a Fort Lewis 3-pointer gave the Skyhawks a 5-4 lead. Fort Lewis's lone lead of the game did not last long as the Pack bounced back with an 11-0 run that lasted four minutes. The ThunderWolves pushed the lead to as many as 13, but Fort Lewis scored the final five points of the first quarter to make it 23-15 after one.

Anderson scored seven points in the first. Cunningham pulled down seven rebounds and dished out three assists in the opening frame.

The second quarter belonged to the Pack. CSU-Pueblo began the quarter with a 10-2 run that pushed the lead to 16. The Pack continued their onslaught for the entire second quarter, taking a 46-23 lead at halftime. CSU-Pueblo outscored Fort Lewis 23-8 in the second quarter. Johnson poured in seven points in the second.

CSU-Pueblo dominated the rebounding margin in the first half, 26-11. The Pack also made 63.6 percent of their shots from the field in the first half.

The Pack continued to dominate in the third quarter. An 8-0 run gave the Pack a 63-32 lead midway through the third quarter. They would carry a 70-37 lead into the final frame. The ThunderWolves outshot the Skyhawks 52.6 percent  to 22.2 percent from the field in the third. CSU_pueblo also made 53.3 percent from downtown in the first three quarters.

Up 33 entering the final quarter, the Pack scored the first four points of the fourth. With their lead at a game-high 37, the Pack went into coast mode, cruising to a 79-56 win.

Standing at 7-0 for the first time since 1975-76, the Pack will look to keep it going when they visit conference rival Adams State University Saturday. Tip off between the ThunderWolves and Grizzlies is set for 5:30 p.m.

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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