PUEBLO, Colo. (December 17, 2016) – Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball made history Saturday night, defeating Western State Colorado University 63-43 at Massari Arena to go 12-0 for the first time in program history. The 12 consecutive wins also stands as the longest winning streak in school history.
The Pack broke the previous best start of 11-0 by the 1975-76. At 12-0, with a 6-0 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games, the Pack sits alone atop the conference heading into the holiday break. The Mountaineers dropped to 3-7 (2-4 RMAC).
CSU-Pueblo shined defensively, limiting the Mountaineers to just 26.3 percent shooting from the field. The Pack drained 46.2 percent of its shots from range. The 43 points allowed marked a new season-low for the ThunderWolves.
After a career-high 27 points in the Pack's victory over Colorado Mesa University Friday, Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) delivered an encore with 16 points. Rohrer made 6-of-10 from the field and sank 4-of-5 from the line. She also pulled down eight rebounds and added another blocked shot.
Facing her former team, Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) collected 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Long also added one of the Pack's 10 steals.
The RMAC's leading scorer, Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) finished with nine points, but delivered an incredible defensive effort. Anderson matched her career-high with five steals. Offensively, Anderson scored on 4-of her-6 field goal attempts.
Senior Angie Moore (Katy, Texas) thrived off the bench with eight points. Moore swished 3-of-5 from the field. She also contributed a pair of free throws. Defensively, Moore set a career-high with two blocks. Fellow senior Jaszymn Johnson (Denver, Colo.) also delivered a pair of emphatic blocks.
Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) facilitated the Pack's offense with four assists. She also pulled down eight rebounds.
From the opening tip, the Pack overwhelmed the Mountaineers on the defensive side of the ball. The Pack rushed out to an 11-3 lead just over six minutes into the game. Though the Pack struggled offensively themselves in the first, they carried a 14-6 lead into the second quarter. The ThunderWolves limited the Mountaineers to 15.3 percent shooting in the first quarter.
The Pack built their lead to as many as 14 in the second quarter, pushing their advantage to 27-13 with 1:33 left to go in the half. The Mountaineers scored the last five points of the half, to cut the Pack's lead to 27-18 at the break. The Pack held the Mountaineers to 23.3 percent shooting in the first half.
In the third quarter, the Pack pulled away. CSU-Pueblo began the second half on a 10-0 run, holding the Mountaineers scoreless for the first four minutes of the third quarter. The ThunderWolves upped their advantage to 22, 44-22, with 2:20 left in the half. They would lead 46-25 after three.
The ThunderWolves jumped out to their biggest lead of the night with 5:29 left in the fourth when a Khiya Adams (Fr., Falcon, Colo.) layup made it 59-32. After this bucket, the Pack went into cruise control, rolling to a 63-43 win.
CSU-Pueblo will now celebrate more than just the holidays. They will celebrate with the best record and longest winning streak in school history at this time of the season.
After a much deserved week off, the Pack will return to action Friday Dec. 30 when they host Black Hills State University at 5:30 p.m. It will be Fan Appreciation Night at Massari Arena. All fans will receive free admission to watch the Pack play the Yellow Jackets.
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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