Pack slips thanks to LadyBuffs late surge

Pack slips thanks to LadyBuffs late surge

CANYON, Texas (November 25, 2017) Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball could not pull off a road upset of the No. 5 ranked West Texas A&M LadyBuffs Saturday. The Pack wound up on the short end of a 65-49 final in the Pak-A-Sak WT Thanksgiving Classic. 

Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) scored a season-high 15 points on a perfect shooting day from the field. Cunningham went 4-for-4 from the field and hit a pair of 3-pointers. She also sank 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. 

Cunningham led the Pack in virtually every statistical category. The senior captain pulled in seven rebounds. She added five assists and a season-best four steals.

Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) reached the 10-point plateau for the sixth time in six games. Rohrer went 3-of-8 from the field and extended her free throw streak to 27 with a 4-for-4 day at the line.

Freshman Jade Adams (Falcon, Colo.) totaled a career-best nine points and four rebounds. Adams scored on 4-of-9 from the field.

The Pack fell behind early as the LadyBuffs opened the game on a 7-0 run. CSU-Pueblo answered with a 9-0 run to end the quarter that handed the Pack a 17-13 lead after one.

West Texas would not reclaim the lead until the final minute of the first half. A pair of free throws put the LadyBuffs up 24-23 heading into the break. The Pack went scoreless the final 6:46 of the first half.

The two squads stayed close throughout the third quarter. With 2:40 left in the third, Adams put in a feed from her sister Khiya Adams (So., Falcon, Colo.) to bring the Pack back within one, 35-34. However, a 6-2 run gave the LadyBuffs a 41-35 lead heading into the fourth.

The fourth quarter belonged to West Texas. They began the frame on a 17-0 run to put the Pack behind 58-36. This run would be the difference as West Texas went on to win 65-49. 

The Pack shot just 31.9 percent from the field compared to a 41.5 percent showing from range for West Texas. The LadyBuffs won the battle for the boards 39-29.

After going 2-4 during their non-conference schedule, 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.