Pack bounces back with 69-44 crushing of Cougars

Pack bounces back with 69-44 crushing of Cougars

PUEBLO, Colo. (January 16, 2018)  Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball jumped on Colorado Christian University from the opening tip, dominating the Cougars 69-44 in front of 717 fans at Massari Arena Tuesday.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Pack as they improved to 12-6 overall with a 10-2 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. Colorado Christian fell to 5-11 (3-8 RMAC).

CSU-Pueblo shot 50.0 percent from the field. It was their second time making 50 percent from the field this season.  They shot 51.5 percent in their win over Adams State University, Dec. 2 

Juniors Lauren Heyn (Loomis, Calif.) and Molly Rohrer  (Greenwood Village, Colo.) each scored a game-high 12 points in just 23 minutes of playing time.  Heyn sank 6-of-8 from the field. She also grabbed four boards and two steals.

Rohrer finished with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block. She made 5-of-9 from the field including her first 3-pointer of the season.

Jennah Kanfelc (Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) came off the bench with 10 points in just 12 minutes.  Knafelc was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field. She also drained a pair of 3-pointers. 

Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) tacked on10 points. Long knocked down 4-for-7 from the field. She set a career-high with two blocks. Long's two rejections were her first of the season. 

Senior Katie Cunningham (Aurora, Colo.) hauled in a team-best eight rebounds.  Cunningham added six points, making two 3-pointers. She dished out two assists and came away with two steals.

Jade Adams (Fr., Falcon, Colo.) scored eight points off the bench. Adams also added two steals.

The Pack wasted no time taking over the game. CSU-Pueblo closed the opening quarter on a 10-0 run that lasted for the final 5:19 of the frame. This 10-point swing put the Pack up 19-5 after one. The Cougars made 14.3 (2-for-14). percent from the field in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Pack continued to pad their lead. The ThunderWolves would score four points for every two for the quarters as they carried a 44-24 lead into the break. CSU-Pueblo shot an incredible 59.4 (19-for-32) percent from the field in the first half. Rohrer scored 10 points in the first half. 

The Pack started the second half with another 10- 0 run to make it a 30-point lead. They closed the quarter with a 60-36 lead.

Though the ThunderWolves pulled back the throttle offensively, they maintained the defensive pressure, holding the Cougars to eight points in the fourth. They would coast to a 69-44 win.

CSU-Pueblo committed just nine turnovers. The two teams were called for just 16 combined fouls.

The Pack will hit the road for one game. They will head to Golden, Colo. for a showdown with Colorado School of Mines. Tip off is set for 5 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.