PUEBLO, Colo. (January 14, 2017) – With first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at stake, No.8 /10 Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball blew out the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Mountain Lions, 70-49 in front of 1,300 fans on High School Night at Massari Arena.
CSU-Pueblo boosted its conference lead to two games over the field by toppling UCCS. The Pack remains one of just four undefeated teams left in Division II with a 17-0 overall record. They hold an 11-0 mark in RMAC games. The Mountain Lions saw their six game win streak snapped as they fell to 12-5 (9-2 RMAC).
Much like the night before, the Pack's defense suffocated its opponents. Entering the game as the conference's top shooting team, UCCS made just 28.8 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from downtown. The ThunderWolves defense limited the Mountain Lions to a season-low 49 points.
CSU-Pueblo also held a decided advantage at the free throw line despite taking less shots there. The Pack aced all 12 of their tries from the charity stripe, while the Mountain Lions made just 10-of-20.
Sophomore Molly Rohrer (Greenwood Village, Colo.) led all scored with 16 points. Rohrer knocked down 6-of-10 from the field. She also drained all four of her tries at the line. Defensively, Rohrer added to her RMAC blocking lead with two more rejections and a steal. The two blocks by Rohrer moved her into fourth place all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 104 swats.
Jaszymn Johnson (Sr., Denver, Colo.) lit up the scoreboard with 14 points. She sank 4-of-7 from the field and five free throws. Johnson grabbed six rebounds and matched her career-high with four points. She also added two steals and a block.
Coming off the bench, senior Angie Moore (Katy, Texas) matched a season-high with 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting in just 14 minutes. Moore also tied a career-best with two 3-pointers. She also drained a pair of free throws.
Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) netted 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting a pair of 3-pointers. Anderson pulled down six boards, giving her an average of seven for the weekend.
Junior Katie Cunningham (Aurora, Colo.) led the Pack with seven rebounds. She also dealt out four helpers and came away with a steal in the win.
The first quarter looked like the close game both teams anticipated entering the night. The Pack built a 10-4 lead, but UCCS answered with a 10-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game. They would hold a 16-14 edge after one. UCCS outshot the Pack 46.7 to 26.3 percent from the field in the first. This trend would not continue.
Johnson and the Pack took over in the second quarter. After a Katie Jones (Jr., Baldwin, Kan.) layup put the Pack in front 25-24, Johnson and Moore caught fire. Johnson scored seven points in the final half of the second quarter, while Moore added five as the Pack finished the frame on 14-3 run to take a 37-27 lead into intermission. CSU-Pueblo made 60 percent (9-of-15 )of its shots in the second, nearly doubling UCCS.
In the third quarter, the Pack's defense stymied UCCS. The ThunderWolves held the Mountain Lions to just five points in the third on 1-of-16 (6.3 percent) from the field. UCCS went 1-of-10 from beyond the arc in the third as CSU-Pueblo's defense frustrated their Steel & Silver Trophy rivals. The Pack finished the quarter on a 9-0 run that lasted the final four minutes of the third as they led 52-32 after three.
In the fourth quarter, the Pack continued to apply pressure defensively, limiting the Mountain Lions to just 33.3 percent from the field in the fourth. The Pack shot 58.3 percent in the fourth as they dispatched UCCS 70-49. Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) scored all seven of her points in the fourth and swished all three of her shots in the final frame.
With their win, the ThunderWolves added four points to the Steel & Silver trophy standings. They also became the first team to hold UCCS to under 30 percent shooting from the field. The Pack shot 45.6 percent for the game. They held their two opponents this weekend to just 26.0 percent shooting from the field.
After making a statement against the Mountain Lions, the ThunderWolves face a quick turnaround. They will hit the road to play at Colorado Christian University Tuesday night at 5:00 p.m. This game will be televised on Comcast Entertainment Television, channel 105/900 HD on Comcast Xfinity.
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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