18-0 !!! Pack Women clobber Cougars, 80-61

18-0 !!! Pack Women clobber Cougars, 80-61

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (January 17, 2017) In a rare Tuesday night game, No. 6/7 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball powered past Colorado Christian University to reach 18-0.

The ThunderWolves rolled past the Cougars thanks to a 47.7 percent shootin effort and 51.0 percent shooting through the first three quarters. They now have a 12-0 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. Colorado Christian dropped to 7-10 (5-7 RMAC).

Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) dominated on the inside with 20 points on 10-for-14 (.714) shooting. Rohrer also dished out a pair of assists. The reigning RMAC Defensive Player of the Week rejected another shot and pulled down a pair of boards. 

Junior Taylor Long ( Moreno Valley, Calif.) also caught fire, scoring 13 points. Long tickled the twine with 5-of-8 attempts from the field.  She made 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Long finished with a career-high three steals. She also secured five rebounds and handed out three assists.

Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) took over in the first half, scoring all 17 of her points in the opening 20 minutes. Anderson went 6-of-9 in the first half including five 3-pointers. She came away with two steals and two assists. 

Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) netted nine points. She pulled down six boards and stole the ball twice. Cunningham dished out four assists.

Forwards Maddie Beagley (Jr., Russell Kan.) and Lauren Heyn (So. Loomis, Calif.) were a force on the glass. Beagley grabbed a season-high eight rebounds. Heyn hauled in seven. Heyn added six points, and two blocks while Beagley totaled three points and a steal. 

The Pack rushed out to an early lead in a high-scoring first quarter. A trio of 3-pointers gave the Pack an 11-4 edge. After a CCU bucket, CSU-Pueblo used another 8-0 run to go in front 19-7. They would lead by as many 13, but would carry a 28-17 lead into the second quarter. The Pack shot 52.6 percent  (10-of-19) from the field including 4-of-9 from downtown.

A 12-2 run to start the second quarter put the Pack up by 21 as they led 40-19. Anderson caught fire from downtown scoring 14 points in the first quarter and a half. The Pack would ride this run to a 51-32 lead at intermission.

CSU-Pueblo made 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from the field in the second quarter, They shot 59.4 percent for the first half. Anderson made all four of her field goals in the first half, including three 3-pointers. 

In the third, the Pack's lead reached as many as 28 . They would lead 67-41 after three. Defensively, the Pack limited CCU to just 14.3 percent (2-0f-14) from the field in the third. They have now held their last two opponents to a combined 10 percent (3-of-30) from the field in the third quarter.

The Cougars offense found its groove in the fourth, making of 8-of-13 from the field. On the other hand, the Pack coasted through the fourth quarter as they marched to 18-0 and an 80-61 win.
 
CSU-Pueblo outrebounded the Cougars 40-33.  They had 17 assists compared to just seven for the Cougars.

With this midweek trip in the books, the Pack will return home Saturday night to meet Colorado School of Mines at 5:30 p.m. Saturday's game will also be Military Appreciation Night at Massari Arena. All active and retired military personnel and their immediate families (four guests) will receive free admission to Saturday's game between the Pack and the Orediggers.

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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.