Pack stunned, falls 64-51 at UCCS

Pack stunned, falls 64-51 at UCCS

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 13, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball team suffered a 64-51 setback at University of Colorado Colorado Springs Saturday in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference contest.

After 20 points in the first quarter, the ThunderWolves (11-6, 9-2 RMAC) failed to score in the second to switch the momentum to the Mountain Lions (5-11, 5-6 RMAC) into the second half. UCCS scored 11 points in both the first and second quarters, but then followed with 21 points in each of the third and fourth frames to guide it to the win. After shooting 72.7 percent from the field in the first quarter, the Pack finished the game shooting 37.5 percent. The home team shot 26.7 percent in the first quarter, but finished the game touting a 42.6 percentage from the field. Both teams turned the ball over 19 times, but UCCS owned an 11-5 advantage in points off giveaways. The Pack bench didn't score in the game, while the Mountain Lions produced 27 points from non-starters. CSU-Pueblo lost the rebounding battle 34-29. 

Junior Lauren Heyn (F, Loomis, Calif.) led the team with 19 points and brought down a team-high seven rebounds. She shot 7-of-12 (58.3%) from the field and added three steals with a block and an assist. Senior Taylor Long (G, Moreno Valley, Calif.) played all 40 minutes and totaled 14 points. 

CSU-Pueblo's two top scorers, junior Molly Rohrer (C., Greenwood Village, Colo.) and senior Tuileisu Anderson (G, Vancouver, Wash.), combined for just 11 points. Anderson recorded seven points with six steals and four rebounds. 

The Pack came out of the gates hot and opened a 14-5 lead with 6:29 remaining in the first frame. The ThunderWolves took a nine-point advantage into the second quarter at 20-11 with Heyn scoring 10 of her 19 points in those opening 10 minutes. 

In a very uncharacteristic second quarter, the ThunderWolves went 0-for-9 from the field, with four of those from long range. The Pack didn't attempt a free throw, was outrebounded 12-6 and totaled five turnovers to UCCS's two. Fortunately the home team scored only 11 points and CSU-Pueblo trailed 22-20 at the break. 

The ThunderWolves never regained the lead and by four minutes into the third quarter trailed by 10 at 34-24. A 3-pointer by Long with 46 ticks left in the quarter moved the score to 41-33, but the Mountain Lions would score on their final possession to hold a 10-point lead of 43-33 headed to the fourth. 

CSU-Pueblo failed to score for the first 2:30 of the final quarter and trailed 48-33 until Heyn converted on a pair of free throws. Thirteen would be the closest the Pack would get in the frame and that is where it ended at 64-51. 

The ThunderWolves will return home to shake the two-game losing streak, as the Pack host Colorado Christian University Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 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.