Lethal Long leads Pack to outright RMAC Championship

Lethal Long leads Pack to outright RMAC Championship

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 18, 2016) –  On senior night, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball celebrated the careers of its four graduating players and an outright Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship. The Pack defeated Colorado Christian University 80-72 to clinch their first outright RMAC title in 29 years Saturday night at Massari Arena.

The  No. 4/6 ranked Pack's four graduating seniors will leave Pueblo with the most wins of any senior class thanks to a 25-1 record this season. The Pack also set a record with their 19th RMAC win of the season, most in school history.

Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) took over the game, scoring a season and career-high 26 points. Long swished 8-of-11 from the field. She also fired in an incredible 6-of-8 from 3-point land. The six treys set a new career-high for Long as well. She went 4-of-4 at the charity stripe to help seal the win. Defensively, Long snagged four steals and four rebounds.

Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) narrowly missed a triple double. Cunningham added to her RMAC lead with 11 rebounds. She also scored nine points and dished out a career-high eight assists. Cunningham completed her amazing defensive effort with five steals and a block.

Jaszymn Johnson (Denver, Colo.) celebrated senior night with 14 points and seven rebounds.  Johnson dished out two assists and rejected a Cougar shot.  She finished 5-of-11 from the field.

Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) contributed 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Rohrer controlled seven boards for the Pack.

Starting four seniors, the Pack cruised out to a 5-2 lead courtesy of Johnson. CCU took a 6-5 lead. It would be their last of the quarter as buckets by seniors Angie Moore (Katy, Texas) and Maddie Beagley (Russell, Kan.) gave the Pack the edge. After a Cougar basket, the Pack went on a 7-0 run to make it 16-8. CCU would close within three. With seven seconds left., Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) drained a 3-pointer to make it 19-13 after one.

The Pack built the lead to nine with a 3-pointer from Long early in the second quarter.  However, the Cougars went on an 14-1 run to jump in front 27-23. Rohrer ended the Pack's five-minute field goal drought with a pair of jumpers to tie the game at 27. Although Rohrer scored the last seven points of the half for CSU-Pueblo, the Pack went into the locker room trailing 32-30. The Cougars made 44.0 percent of their shots in the first half.

In the third quarter, the Cougars would lead by as many as five, taking a 43-38 lead with 3:14 left. That's when Long caught fire. Long would make three 3-pointers to ignite a 13 -3 the Pack run that made it 51-46. After a Cougar basket, the Pack got a lay up from Cunningham to make it 53-47 entering the final quarter of play.

With 3:30 gone in the final frame, the Cougars cut the Pack's to four, 60-56. They would not get any closer as the Pack unleashed an 8-0 run capped by a Long layup. The Cougars would extend the game through fouling, but Long made for free throws and Cunningham went 5-of-6 at the line to give the Pack an 80-72 win.

CSU-Pueblo shot 58.1 percent  (18-of-31) from the field in the second half. Long scored 20 points after intermission and made the team's only four 3-pointers of the second half.

The ThunderWolves will finish the regular season with two game road trip that starts Friday Feb. 2  at Western State Colorado University at 5 p.m.. CSU-Pueblo wraps up its regular season with a visit to Colorado Mesa University Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

With the RMAC Championship locked up, the Pack will open the RMAC Tournament at home Tuesday Feb. 28 at 5 :30 p.m.

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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.