Pack defense corrals Roadrunners to move to 16-0

Pack defense corrals Roadrunners  to move to 16-0

PUEBLO, Colo. (January 13, 2017)   The No.8/10  ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball team sprinted past Metro State University Denver Friday night at Massari Arena. The Pack rode a dominant defensive performance to a 66-49 win. 

The Pack limited the Roadrunners to just, 23.4 percent shooting from the field as they reached 16-0. CSU-Pueblo now owns a 10-0 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. MSU Denver slipped to 9-8 (5-5 RMAC). 

Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) led the Pack with 17 points. She made 4-of-9 from the field and drained 8-of-11 at the charity stripe. Defensively Rohrer stifled MSU Denver with four blocks, giving her 35 on the season. 

Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) delivered nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field. The RMAC's leading rebounder, Cunningham also grabbed 11 more boards.

Junior Tuileisu Anderson (Vancouver, Wash.) added 14 points, making 5-of-13 from range including a pair of 3-pointers. Anderson matched her career-high with eight rebounds. She dished out two assists and added a steal. 

Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) was a force defensively. Heyn rejected four Roadrunner shots to set a new career-high in blocks. She finished with six points and five rebounds. 

Senior Angie Moore (Katy, Texas) totaled eight points in 11 minutes off the bench. Jaszymn Johnson (Sr., Denver, Colo.) collected six points and six boards. 

Both teams started slowly. The Pack began the game on a scoring drought that lasted over six minutes before Rohrer got CSU-Pueblo on the board. Defensively they limited the Roadrunners to just four points during this stretch. Four points from Anderson in the final minute of the quarter made it a 6-6 tie after one.

The Pack limited the Roadrunners to just 18.8  (3-of-16) percent shooting from the field in the first. However, CSU-Pueblo turned it over seven times in the opening quarter alone. They had just five turnovers the rest of the way.  

In the second quarter, the Pack pushed the lead to five twice. However, the Roadrunners would tie it up at 21. The Pack would go on a 6-0 run to close the half with a 27-21 lead.

The Pack limited MSU Denver to just 22.9 percent shooting in the first half. CSU-Pueblo made 46.2 percent of their tries in the second.

Rohrer went on a rampage in third quarter, scoring eight points. CSU-Pueblo built its  to lead to as many as nine, but the Roadrunners would cut it to 43-37 after three.

CSU-Pueblo shined in the fourth quarter. The ThunderWolves began the final frame with a 12-2 run.  They would ride this run to a 66-49 win.

The ThunderWolves won the rebounding battle 48-42.  They held the Roadrunners to just 16.7 percent shooting from downtown (3-of-18).

The Pack will face University of Colorado Colorado Springs Saturday in a crucial contest. Tip off between the Steel and Silver trophy rivals is set for 5:30 p.m. at Massari Arena. A win for the ThunderWolves would keep them in sole possession of first place in the conference.

Saturday's game will also be High School Night. All high school and middle school student will receive free admission to Saturday's game with a student ID. The CSU-Pueblo admissions staff will have a booth at this event and will be giving high school seniors a chance to get their application fee to the university waived. 

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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.