ThunderWolves knock off Western State 72-52 to match wins record at 26

ThunderWolves knock off Western State 72-52 to match wins record at 26

GUNNISON, Colo. (February 24, 2017) –  Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball matched their program's wins record with a 72-52 win over Western State Colorado University. The No.4/5 Pack outscored the Mountaineers 21-7 in the fourth quarter to reach a school – record 26 wins for the second consecutive season.

With a 26-1 record, the Pack owns the third-best record in D-II. They now also have a 20-1 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games and have already clinched the Conference Championship. Western State dropped to 6-19 (5-16 RMAC).

The Pack controlled the game on the inside with 44 points in the paint compared to just 22 points down low for the Mountaineers. CSU-Pueblo also blocked 10 shots.

Senior, Jaszymn Johnson (Denver, Colo.) caught fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 points to outscore the Mountaineers in the final frame. She finished with 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from downtown and 5-of-9 from the field. Johnson also came up with two steals and two rebounds.

Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) led the Pack with 18 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the field. Rohrer also rejected five Western State shots to reach 60 blocks for the second consecutive season.  The Pack's center also corralled six rebounds.

Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.)  totaled 12 points. She went 6-of-7 at the free throw line and 3-of-6 from the field. Heyn hauled in five rebounds and rejected three shots. Two of Heyn's blocks came in the fourth quarter.

Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) took down her former team with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting. Long also dished out four assists. She finished with six rebounds and a steal.

The RMAC's leading rebound Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) finished with eight boards. Cunningham also added four assists, a steal and six points.

It was Western State that jumped out to a 9-4 lead over the No.4/5 team in the land. The Pack responded with a 7-0 run, five of which came from Heyn, to take an 11-9 lead. CSU-Pueblo would lead 15-12 after one.

An 8-2 run gave the Pack a 23-14 edge midway through the second period. Western State did not go away as they clawed back within four. However, another 7-2 run would put the Pack up 30-21 at intermission. Heyn and Rohrer combined for 19 of the Pack's 30 points in the first half.

Western State fought back in the third quarter. The Mountaineers began the second half on a 19-8 run to reclaim the lead at 40-38. It would be their last lead of the night. The Pack scored the next seven points to take a 45-40 lead. They would carry a 51-45 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Johnson and the Pack took over in the fourth. CSU-Pueblo started the quarter on a 15- 4 run that put the Mountaineers away. Johnson would score the last 11 points of the game to lead the Pack to a 72-52 win.

The Pack sank 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from the field in the fourth compared to just 20.0 percent (3-of-15) for Western State. CSU-Pueblo made 9-of-10 at the free throw line compared to just 6-of-10 at the line for the Mountaineers.

After matching their school wins record set last season, the Pack will try to set a new program record in victories in their regular season finale in a road test against Colorado Mesa Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The ThunderWolves have already established a new school record with 19 conference wins.

The Pack will open the RMAC Tournament at home Tuesday Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. as the No.1 seed. CSU-Pueblo Men's Basketball will host its RMAC Shootout Quarterfinals game 30 minutes after the completion of the Pack Women's game. Tickets will go on sale at 12 p.m. Feb. 28.

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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