PUEBLO, Colo. (November 18, 2017) – No. 5 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball bounced back Saturday night with a 67-59 win over Davenport University in the 34th annual Al Kaly Shrine Classic presented by Quality Inn & Suites.
Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) led the Pack to victory with 20 points. Rohrer knocked down 10-of-10 from the free throw line. She also went 5-of-9 The 2016-17 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year swatted five shots. Rohrer filled the stats sheet with five rebounds and three assists. Her 20 point outing put her 25 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) corralled 12 rebounds for the Pack. She scored eight points on 3-of-5 shooting and a pair of free throws. Cunningham handed out four assists in the win.
One night after she moved into 10th place on the Pack's all-time scoring list, Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) set her sights on ninth all-time with another 11 points. Anderson went 3-for-6 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
Katie Jones (Sr., Baldwin, Kan.) scored 10 points for the second consecutive night. Jones went 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 from downtown.
Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) sank all five of her free throw attempts. As a team, CSU-Pueblo made 25-of-30 tries from the charity stripe.
After slow starts in their first three games, the Pack got going quickly Saturday. CSU-Pueblo scored the game's first five points and held the Panthers scoreless for the opening three minutes. A 6-0 run put the Pack up 17-10 in the first quarter. They would lead 17-12 after one.
The second quarter started similarly to the first as the Pack put up six straight points to push their lead to nine. They led by as many as 11 in the second quarter, 32-21, but the Panthers trimmed the lead to seven, 34-27 at halftime.
CSU-Pueblo came out of the locker room on fire. An 11-2 run to start the second half put the Pack up 45-29. They led 54-43 after three.
In the fourth quarter, the Pack went cold, going scoreless for the first 5:45 seconds of the quarter. The Panthers went on a 9-0 run during this time to cut the lead to two.
The Panthers kept pace with the ThunderWolves, slicing the Pack's lead back to two with 54 seconds. CSU-Pueblo answered with six consecutive points as Rohrer, Anderson, and Cunningham all scored two points and held the Panthers scoreless on the defensive end to pull away with a 67-59 win.
The win was the first home victory for Pack Head Coach Curtis Loyd. His ThunderWolves are shooting 82.4 percent from the charity stripe.
CSU-Pueblo will hit the road for Thanksgiving when they compete in the WT Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 24-25 in Canyon Texas. The ThunderWolves will play Eastern New Mexico University at 11 a.m. on Black Friday before facing the host LadyBuffs Saturday at 1:30 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.