Rohrer leads Pack rally past Mesa to match best start in school history

Rohrer leads Pack rally past Mesa to match best start in school history

PUEBLO, Colo. (December 16, 2016)   A 21-point second half outburst by Molly Rohrer led the No. 9/10 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball team to a come-from behind victory over Colorado Mesa University, 73-61, Friday night at Massari Arena.

With the win, the Pack matched their best start in program history, moving to 11-0 for the first time since 1975-76. By knocking off the Mavericks, the Pack also own sole possession of first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with a 5-0 conference record. Colorado Mesa dropped to 7-2 (4-1 RMAC).

Rohrer (Greenwood Village, Colo.) went on a 21-point rampage in the second half to finish with a career-high 27 points. She went a perfect 9-for-9 from free throw line and sank 9-of-her 14 attempt, including 7-of-9 in the second half.

Defensively, Rohrer shined as she matched her career-high with five blocks. All five of Rohrer's rejections came in the second half.  Rohrer also grabbed eight rebounds for the Pack.

As a team, the Pack shot 51.7 percent from the field in the second half. They limited the Mavericks to just 25.0 percent shooting from the range. The Pack held a 41-22 scoring advantage in the second half, including a 25-12 edge in the fourth quarter.

The RMAC's leading scorer, Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) fired in 22 points. Anderson made 7-of-18 from the field and 4-of-11 from deep. She swished all four of her free throw attempts. Anderson chipped in five rebounds.

Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) led all players with 11 rebounds as she added ton her conference lead. Cunningham dished out six assists and came away with two steals.

The Pack made 20-of their-23 attempts at the free throw line. CSU-Pueblo forced 19 Maverick turnovers. The Pack also held a 34-12 scoring advantage in the paint.

The Mavericks came out on fire, scoring the game's first eight points. Though the Pack would close within two, they struggled offensively shooting just 23.1 percent in the first quarter. This allowed the Mavericks to carry a 17-13 lead into the second.

A 7-2 run to start the second quarter gave the Pack its first lead with 7:45 left in the quarter. The Mavericks answered with an 11-2 run that pushed their lead to 30-22. With less than a minute left in the first half, the Mavericks took their largest lead of the game on a Bryanna Adams 3-pointer, that made it 39-29. An Anderson 3-pointer cut the lead to 39-32 at the half.

In the second half, the Pack and Rohrer took over. CSU-Pueblo began the third quarter on a 14-5 run that allowed them to retake the lead 46-44. The Mavericks bounced back in front 49-48 heading into the final quarter. Rohrer scored 12 points in the third.

Down by one entering the final quarter, the Pack seized the opportunity to make history, quickly erasing the lead with four consecutive points. Though the Mavericks would tie it at 54, they would never lead again. The Pack scored the next nine points to create some separation. With the Pack up nine with 17 seconds to go, Anderson hit the dagger with a long 3-pointer that gave the ThunderWolves a 73-61 win.

With their win the Pack ensured that they are lone unbeaten team left in RMAC play. They have beaten all five of the conference opponents by double-digits.

The Pack will look to make school history Saturday when they try to become the first team to start 12-0 when they play Western State Colorado University at 5:30 p.m. in Massari Arena. If the ThunderWolves win, their 12-game win streak would also set a program record.

Saturday's game between the Pack and Mountaineers will also be a toy drive at Massari Arena. Fans who bring an unopened toy to Massari Arena will receive free admission to that night's Pack Women's Basketball and Pack Men's Basketball games. The toys will be taken to Pueblo area Foster children.

 

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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