ThunderWolves Clinch share of RMAC Championship with 69-45 win over NMHU

ThunderWolves Clinch share of RMAC Championship with 69-45 win over NMHU

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 7, 2017) –  For the first since 1987-88 Colorado State University-Pueblo  Women's Basketball clinched a share of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship. The ThunderWolves defeated New Mexico Highlands University 69-45 at Massari Arena Tuesday to earn their first RMAC Championship since moving to Division II.

The Pack remains one of just two undefeated teams in D-II. They own a 24-0 record overall and an 18-0 record in RMAC games. With four games left and a four game lead over the field, the Pack would clinch the conference outright with a win Friday at Westminster College. New Mexico Highlands dropped to 2-20 (1-17 RMAC).

Jaszymn Johnson (Sr., Denver, Colo.) propelled the Pack to victory with 19 points. Johnson made 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-5 from deep. She made her only two free throws. Johnson pulled down seven rebounds, dished out two assists and came away with a steal. 

Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) narrowly missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds. Heyn went 3-of-5 from the field and 3-of-3 at the charity stripe. She added a block, a steal and an assist.

Heyn's nine rebounds led the Pack to a huge rebounding advantage. The Pack doubled up the Cowgirls on the glass 52-26.

Reigning RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) added two more blocks. She also tacked on 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 at the line. Rohrer also recorded two steals and four rebounds. 

Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) hauled in eight rebounds and dished out four assists. She finished with four points.  Junior Taylor Long (Moreno Valley, Calif.) also corralled eight rebounds for the Pack.

CSU-Pueblo struggled initially going without a field goal for the first three minutes. However, the Pack would take a 12-4 lead three minutes later. They would close out the quarter with a 19-11 advantage.

Highlands cut the Pack's lead to three early in the second quarter. However, a 9-0 gave the Pack a double-digit lead midway through the quarter thanks to two 3-pointers from RMAC Offensive Player of the Week Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) and a triple from Johnson. The Pack closed out the half with a 36-23 edge.

The ThunderWolves opened the second half on a 16-4 run that made the score 52-27. They would use this run to make it 56-30 after three. 

With the outcome pretty much guaranteed, the Pack went on cruise control in the fourth. They would finish of the Cowgirls 69-45 to clinch their first Regular Season RMAC Championship in 28 years.

The Pack will try to take the conference outright and lock up the No.1 seed for the RMAC Tournament Friday when they hit the road to play Westminster Friday at 5:30 p.m.  CSU-Pueblo will also try to match the RMAC record for consecutive wins with a victory against the Griffins.

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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.