PUEBLO, Colo. (January 5, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball made a triumphant return to Massari Arena, dominating South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 71-45 in the Pack's first home game in a month.
The Pack improved to 8-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. They now stand 10-4 overall. The Hardrockers slipped to 9-5 (4-4 RMAC).
Though the Hardrockers entered the game with the RMAC's best 3-point shooting percentage (37.5%) they could only muster 22. 2 percent (6-for-27) from deep against the Pack's second ranked 3-point defense. CSU-Pueblo drained 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from beyond the arc.
Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) scored 12 points on 3-of-8 shooting. Anderson knocked down 2-of-4 from downtown. She was also a perfect 4-for-4 from the line. With her 12-point night Anderson moved into fifth in all-time scoring at CSU-Pueblo with 1,263 career points. She added four rebounds and three assists in the win.
Senior Katie Cunningham (Aurora, Colo.) controlled the game in all facets. Cunningham scored 11 points, shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the field. She would narrowly miss a double-double, finishing with nine rebounds. Cunningham also handed out six assists and also matched a season-high with four steals.
Jennah Knafelc (Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) led the Pack with 16 points. Knafelc sank 5-of-8 from the field and 4-of-7 from downtown. Defensively, Knafelc came away with two steals and a block in just 20 minutes.
Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) tallied 12 points. Long landed 5-of-9 from the field including a pair of threes. She finished with four rebounds and two steals.
Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) made 5-of-9 from the field as the Pack's leading scorer for the season accounted for 11 points. Rohrer recorded four rebounds and a block. Fellow junior Lauren Heyn (Jr., Loomis, Calif.) ended up with nine points and seven rebounds.
The ThunderWolves took over in the last five minutes of the first quarter. CSU-Pueblo came out of the first quarter media timeout with an 11-0 run that put them up 18-10, a lead they would never relinquish. The Pack finished the quarter on a 15-3 run that made it 22-13 after one. CSU-Pueblo made 8-of-13 from the field in the first.
The Pack picked up where they left off in the second quarter, holding the Hardrockers scoreless for the first five minutes of the frame. CSU-Pueblo used a 9-2 run to coast to a 33-19 lead at halftime.
After a Hardrocker bucket to start the second half, the Pack unleashed another 8-0 run in just 1:12 to make it a 19-point lead. The Pack closed the quarter on another 11-0 run that made it 56-27 after three. CSU-Pueblo kept South Dakota Mines scoreless for the final 4:39 of the third.
The Hardrockers would never threaten again as the Pack pulled away with a 71-45 win. CSU-Pueblo held a 20-4 advantage in points off of turnovers. The ThunderWolves outscored the Hardrockers 32-16 in the paint.
CSU-Pueblo wraps up its two-game homestand when the Pack plays Black Hills State University for the second time in eight days Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Pack knocked off the Yellow Jackets 60-49 last Saturday.
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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