COMMERCE, Texas (November 11, 2017) – Curtis Loyd earned his first win as the Head Coach of Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball Saturday night as the No. 5 ranked Pack defeated Texas A&M University Commerce 55-52 in the final game of the South Central Region Challenge.
Commerce scored 14 consecutive points to start the game and led 24-4 after the first quarter. The ThunderWolves trailed by as many as 23 points in the first half as the Lions led 27-4 two minutes into the second quarter. CSU-Pueblo rallied with 14 consecutive points. They trailed 29-22 at halftime.
The ThunderWolves cut the gap to four in the third quarter, but the Lions closed out the quarter with a 45-38 lead.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Pack. CSU-Pueblo scored 13 consecutive points to take a 51-45 lead. Commerce went scoreless the first eight minutes of the fourth. The Lions would eventually trim the Pack's edge to one with 1:41 to go. The score remained tied until Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) hit a layup to take a 53-50 lead. Long knocked down a pair of free throws to seal the win for the Pack 55-52.
With seven points in the fourth quarter, Long led the Pack to victory. She scored 15 total points and pulled in eight rebounds. Long went 6-for-6 at the free throw line.
Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) secured a career-best 15 rebounds including five on the offensive glass. Cunningham also handed out six assists in the win.
Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) led the Pack with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field. Rohrer pulled down seven rebounds. She also swatted two shots for the second consecutive night.
The ThunderWolves will host Northern State University Friday at 5 p.m. in CSU-Pueblo's home opener as part of the 34th annual Al Kaly Shrine Classic. The Pack will continue play in the Al Kaly Shrine Classic Saturday when they play Davenport University at 5 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 Pueblo