Pack Women pounce on Grizzlies thanks to second half dominance

Pack Women pounce on Grizzlies thanks to second half dominance
ALAMOSA, Colo. (December 3, 2016) –  The No. 12/10 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball team remained unbeaten as they knocked off Adams State University 61-45. 

CSU-Pueblo now owns an 8-0 record. They have started 2-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The Grizzlies dropped to 1-5 (0-2 RMAC).  The 45 points allowed marked a new season-low for the Pack. No Grizly scored more than seven points. 

Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) led all scorers with 17 points. Rohrer also rejected four more shots. She now averages 3.0 blocks per game thanks to her eight blocks this weekend.

Rohrer scored 11 of her 17 points in the second half. She made 7-of-12 from the field and swished all three of her free throw attempts. 

Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.)  scored 15 points. Anderson also dished out four assists, blocked a shot, and came away with a steal.  She shot 6-for-16 from the field.

Junior Katie Cunningham (Aurora, Colo.) continues to make an impact. The RMAC's leading rebounder pulled down 10 boards. She also dealt out five assists and came away with three steals. Cunningham scored five points.

The ThunderWolves led the entire way, netting the game's first five points. They built their lead to as many as 10 at several points during the first quarter. CSU-Pueblo led 17-10 after one. Anderson scored nine points in the first.

Adams State rallied somewhat in the second. The Grizzlies would close the gap to 30-25 at halftime.

Coming out of halftime, the ThunderWolves took over, scoring the first six points of the second half, to push their lead to 11. They would keep that advantage hovering around double-digits for the entire quarter,  leading 43-33 after three.

CSU-Pueblo took over in the fourth quarter. The Pack began the frame on a 14-2 run that pushed their lead to 22 and ended the Grizzlies upset bid. The fourth quarter belonged to Rohrer. She scored seven points in the Pack's 14-2 run.  The Grizzlies went over four minutes without a bucket during this run for the Pack.

The Pack's defense shined limiting the Grizzlies to just 26.3 percent shooting from the field. Adams State shot just 20.7 percent (6-for-29 in the second half. CSU-Pueblo shot 37.3 percent for the game.

For the eighth time in eight games, the Pack outrebounded their opponent. CSU-Pueblo grabbed a season-high 51 boards as a team. Maddie Beagley (Sr., Russell, Kan.) collected eight rebounds. The Grizzlies had 37 rebounds.

With their best record in 40 years, the Pack will wrap up their three-game road trip with a visit to New Mexico Highlands University Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Pack returns home Saturday Dec. 10 when they host Westminster College at 5:30 p.m. at Massari Arena. 

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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.