ThunderWolves clamp down on Yellow Jackets 58-47

ThunderWolves clamp down on Yellow Jackets 58-47

PUEBLO, Colo. (January 6, 2018) Behind a suffocating defensive performance, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball squashed Black Hills State University 58-47 in front of 980 fans at Massari Arena.

The Pack remains unbeaten in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play at 9-0. They stand 11-4 overall. Black Hills State fell to 11-4 (5-4 RMAC).  

Facing the RMAC's top shooting team, the Pack limited the Yellow Jackets to just 24.1 percent from the field, 20 points below Black Hills State's season average. The Pack shut down the Yellow Jackets deep attack, limiting them to 13.3 (2-for-15) percent from 3-point range. The 47-point showing is 25 points below the Yellow Jackets season average.

Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.)  scored a team-high 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field and seven free throws. Rohrer swatted a season-high six shots.  She also hauled in seven rebounds.

Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) matched her season-high with 15 rebounds. Cunningham collected six assists and two steals.  

One day after she moved into the top five in scoring all-time at CSU-Pueblo, Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) set her sights on the top four with 16 points. The guard sank two 3-pointers to move into second place all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 177 career 3-pointers. Anderson was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line.

Jennah Knafelc (Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) had 10 points off the bench. Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) tacked on nine more, making 4-of-4 at the line.

The Pack's defense took over from the opening tip. CSU-Pueblo held the Yellow Jackets without a field goal for the first nine minutes of the game. A 10-2 run to start the contest helped the Pack to a 14-6 lead after one.

In the second quarter, the Pack continued to quiet the Yellow Jackets potent offense with a 13-3 run that lasted the first eight minutes of the stanza.  The ThunderWolves led by as many as 19 (29-10), but Black Hills State scored the final three points of the quarter to make it 29-13 at the half.

CSU-Pueblo held the Yellow Jackets to just 11.1 percent  (3-of-27) from the field in the first half. The Pack swished 14-of-15 at the charity stripe in the first half.

A 9-4 run to start the second half gave the Pack their biggest lead of the game, 38-17. They closed the quarter with 42-25 lead.

The Black Hills State press allowed the Yellow Jackets to close the Pack's lead to as few as 11 points. However, the Pack held off the Yellow Jackets and kept their lead in double-digits as they rolled to a 58-47 win. 

After a 2-0 homestand, the Pack will hit the road for a pair. They will face Metro State University Denver Friday Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. The Pack will also face Steel & Silver trophy rival University of Colorado Colorado Springs Saturday Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

The ThunderWolves return home Tuesday Jan. 16, when they play Colorado Christian University at 5:30 p.m. It will be Dr. Dan Caprioglio Honor Roll Night as CSU-Pueblo Athletics celebrates the academic success of its student-athletes. 

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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.