Rohrer takes over as Pack rallies past Mines, 83-74

Rohrer takes over as Pack rallies past Mines, 83-74

PUEBLO, Colo. (January  21, 2017)  Down 61-54 entering the fourth, Colorado State University-Pueblo center Molly Rohrer scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Pack to an 83-74 win over Colorado School of Mines Saturday in front of a raucous crowd of 1,500 fans at Massari Arena.

This win sends CSU-Pueblo to 19-0. They own a 13-0 record in RMAC games and a two-game lead on the field in the RMAC. Colorado Mines fell to .500 with an 11-11 record (7-6 RMAC).

Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) scored a career-high 32 points. She made 11-of-her 18 tries from the field and sank 10-of-11 at the free throw line. Rohrer cleaned the glass with seven rebounds. She also swatted a pair of Oredigger shots and came away with a steal.

Junior Katie Cunningham (Aurora, Colo.) played the entire game for the Pack. She pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds against the RMAC's top rebounding team. Cunningham scored five points on 2-of-3 shooting. She dished out five assists and finished with a block and four steals.

Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) fired in 21 points. Anderson collected nine points in the fourth quarter and knocked down all four of her free throws down the stretch. She finished 5-of-6 at the charity and 6-of-15 from the field including 4-of-11 from downtown. Anderson added two steals.

Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) totaled 13 points for the second consecutive game. Long made 4-of-8 from the field and swished 3-of-4 at the charity stripe. She made a pair of 3-pointers. Long also added for assists and four rebounds.

The Pack began the game on an 8-2 run as Anderson drained a pair of 3-pointers early. Mines would rally and tie the game at 12. CSU-Pueblo would eventually reclaim the lead and hold a 21-15 edge after one. Long had five points and four assists in the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Orediggers rallied as a 14-3 run gave Mines a 29-24 lead and forced the Pack to take a timeout. Following the timeout, the Pack went inside as centers Angie Moore (Sr., Katy, Texas) and Rohrer scored the last 11 points of the first half to give CSU-Pueblo a 35-34 lead at the break. Rohrer totaled 13 points in the first half, including the Pack's last seven points.

The third quarter belonged to the Orediggers. They shot 9-of-16 from the field and took a 61-54 lead heading into the fourth.

CSU-Pueblo turned it around in the fourth. Down 66-59 with only six minutes remaining, the ThunderWolves went on 12-5 run over the next three minutes to tie the game at 71 on an Anderson 3-pointer. Rohrer scored nine of the 12 points during this run.

After tying the game, the Pack powered on with momentum scoring the next five points to retake the lead. They would ride this run to an 83-74 win.

The Pack outshot the Orediggers .533 to .188 in the fourth quarter. CSU-Pueblo held a .474 to .369 shooting advantage for the game. They also had five blocks compared to just one for the Orediggers. Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) had two blocks for the Pack.

With their unbeaten record still in tact the Pack will hit the road for games at Chadron State College and Regis University next weekend. They will return home Friday Feb. 3 to play rival Adams State University at 5:30 p.m.

The following night will be the annual Take a Kid to a game night against Fort Lewis College. Denver Nuggets super mascot Rocky will be at this game to entertain the fans.

 

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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.