CANYON, Texas. (November 24, 2017) – A see-saw struggle escaped Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball Friday afternoon. The ThunderWolves dropped a one-point heartbreaker to Eastern New Mexico University, 62-61 in their opening game of the Pak-a-Sak WT Thanksgiving Classic.
Jennah Knafelc (Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) shot perfectly Friday. Knaflec hit 5-of-5 from the field including 4-of-4 from downtown to finish with a season-high 14 points. Knafelc also swatted a career-high two blocks in the loss.
Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) narrowly missed a double-double with 19 points and a season-best nine rebounds. Rohrer hit 6-of-11 from the field. She also knocked down a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Senior Katie Cunningham (Aurora, Colo.) finished with 12 points, her season-high. Cunningham handed out a career-best eight assists. She collected six boards and went 3-of-7 from the field and 2-of-4 from downtown.
Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) added 10 points and went 4-of-4 from the line. Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) filled the stat sheet with eight rebounds, four assists and a team-best two steals.
The ThunderWolves rushed out to a 7-0 lead, but the Greyhounds would eventually take the lead for the first time with 1:04 left in the first quarter, 15-13. A pair of free throws from Rohrer and a Knafelc layup gave the Pack a 17-15 edge after one.
CSU-Pueblo led by as many as eight in the second quarter. The Greyhounds would eventually trim the lead 30-25 at halftime as the Pack never trailed in the second.
ENMU reclaimed the lead midway through the third quarter. The Pack jumped back in front 44-42 at the end of the third.
The two squads continued to trade the lead in the fourth. Neither team led by more than two in a thrilling fourth quarter. A pair of free throws gave the Greyhounds a 62-61 lead with 43 seconds left. The Pack had two chances go in front, but they could not get either of them to fall as CSU-Pueblo fell short in a 62-61 loss.
Fridays remain dark for the Pack slipped to 0-3 on the last day of the school week. They will hope for better luck on Saturday when the ThunderWolves play West Texas A&M University at 1:30 p.m. (MTN). CSU-Pueblo is 2-0 on Saturdays so far in 2017-18.
The Pack returns home Friday Dec. 1 when they host Fort Lewis College in their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener. This game will also be basketball alumni night at Massari Arena. There will also be an ugly sweater contest at this game between the Pack and Skyhawks.
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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.