PUEBLO, Colo. (December 30, 2016) – Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball fought through a challenge from Black Hills State University Friday night as the Pack came away with a 66-55 victory at Massari Arena.
CSU-Pueblo kept the longest winning streak in school history going as they reached 13-0 for the first time ever. The Pack now owns a 7-0 record in Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference games. The Yellow Jackets slipped to 2-9 (2-5 RMAC).
Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) did miss a shot on her way to a team-best 14 points. Heyn went 5-of-5 from the field. She was also a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Hey added seven rebounds along with an emphatic block and two steals.
Free throw shooting continued to pay off for the Pack. Entering the game as the 15th best free throw shooting team in D-II, the Pack swished 18-of-20 from the charity stripe. Black Hills State made just 11-of-22 from the line.
Katie Jones (Jr., Baldwin, Kan.) netted 11 points in just 16 minutes off the bench. The 11 points marked a new high for Jones in her Pack career as she went 3-of-7 from the field and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Jones kicked out three assists in the win.
Junior Katie Cunningham (Aurora, Colo.) led the Pack with eight rebounds. She also scored seven points and dealt out three helpers. Cunningham came away with two steals. Offensively, she went 2-for-3 with a pair of makes from the free throw line to tally seven points.
Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) scored 11 points on 5-of-13 from the field. Rohrer recorded her RMAC-leading 31st block of the season.
Jaszymn Johnson (Sr., Denver, Colo.) hit a huge three late to clinch the win for the Pack. She finished with eight points. Johnson also matched a career-high with two blocks.
The Pack opened the game on a five-point run as Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) scored five of her nine points in the first minute of the game. CSU-Pueblo would go without a field goal for the next five minutes as BHSU pulled in front 7-5. A Cunningham 3-pointer ended the drought for the Pack. They would lead 14-13 after one.
In the second quarter, it looked like the Pack would cruise past the Yellow Jackets as they began the frame on a 10-2 run to go up 24-15. The Yellow Jackets used an 11-2 run to tie the game at 26 with under a minute left. A Jones 3-pointer gave the Pack the lead again, but the Yellow Jackets would tie it on a buzzer beater to force a 29-29 tie at halftime.
Neither team could gain much separation in the third quarter as neither team led by more than two in third. After an evenly matched third quarter, both teams would go into the fourth deadlocked at 44.
Early in the fourth, Black Hills State built its largest lead of the contest going up 50-46 with 8:18 left to play. With their unblemished record on the line, the Pack responded with a 10-1 that would put them back in front 56-51. With just under two minutes to play, the ThunderWolves held a four-point lead when Johnson drained a 3-point dagger to put the Pack up seven. Johnson, Heyn, and Jones would each hit a pair of free throws to seal a 66-55 win for the ThunderWolves.
The Pack outshot the Yellow Jackets .50.0 percent to 26.7 percent in the fourth quarter and 37.9 percent to 32.8 percent for the game. CSU-Pueblo also limited the Yellow Jackets to just 16.7 percent shooting from downtown (4-for-24).
These two teams will meet again in eight nights in Spearfish S.D. Before that the Pack travels to South Dakota School of Mines Friday Jan. 6 for a 5:30 p.m. showdown with the Hardrockers. CSU-Pueblo will return home Friday Jan. 13 when the play Metro State University Denver 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