Furious fourth quarter rally gives Pack a 66-64 victory over SD Mines

Furious fourth quarter rally gives Pack a 66-64 victory over SD Mines

RAPID CITY, S.D. (January 6, 2017) Down 13 points heading into the fourth quarter, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball battled back to sneak away with a 66-64 win over the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Friday night.

The Pack improved to 14-0, the longest winning streak in school history. They remain unbeaten in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games at 8-0. The upset minded Hardrockers slip to 5-9 (3-6 RMAC).

After being outshot .500 (20-out of 40) to .333 (16 of 48) for the first three quarters, the Pack flipped the script in the fourth. They outshot the Hardrockers .600 to .235 in the fourth and held South Dakota Mines scoreless from downtown (0-for-5).

Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) keyed the victory for the ThunderWolves with another complete performance. Cunningham scored eight points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field . She controlled nine rebounds. Cunningham also dished out five assists and recorded a big steal late in the game.

Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash. ) helped spark the Pack's win with 16 points. Anderson scored 14 of those points in the second half. The ThunderWolves' leading scorer shot 6-of-14 from the field, including 5-of-10 in the second half. She also sank two of her three free throws late to give the Pack the win.

Senior Jaszymn Johnson (Denver, Colo.) fueled the Pack with 11 points including eight in the fourth quarter. Johnson drained a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth including a game tying triple. Defensively, she recorded a block and defended the Hardrockers desperation 3-point attempt as the clock ran out.

Facing off against her older sister, Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) netted 10 points. She went 4-of-4 from the free throw line and dished out three assists.  Her sister Megan Rohrer led the Hardrockers with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Coming off the bench senior Angie Moore (Katy, Texas) scored six points. Moore went 3-of-4 from the field.

The Hardrockers could not miss in the first quarter. They went 8-for-12 ( .667) from the field in the first to take a 19-17 lead after one.

Four early points for Molly Rohrer in the second quarter gave the Pack a 21-19 lead with 7:53 left in the second. This would be the Pack's last lead until the fourth quarter. SD Mines would retake the lead by halftime, carrying a 30-28 lead into the break. The Pack went 0-for 8 from beyond the arc in the first half, compared to a 5-for-10 performance from downtown by SD Mines.

In the third quarter, the Hardrockers pushed their lead to double digits thanks to a 13-5 run to start the frame.  They would up the lead to 13 after three, holding a 54-41 edge into the fourth.  SD Mines went 5-of-7 (.714) from downtown in the third quarter and 10-for 17 (.588) over the first three frames.

With their win streak in jeopardy, the Pack responded with a 7-0 run to start the fourth that brought them back within six. Anderson had five of these seven points. Moore netted the other bucket.

After a SD Mines bucket, the Pack answered with another 8-0 run, including a pair of 3-pointers from Johnson. SD Mines pulled back in front by four, but the Pack would score the next 10 points to take the lead for the first time in 26 minutes of game time. The Hardrockers fought back within two and even had the chance to win the game, but Johnson denied the buzzer beater attempt to give the Pack the 66-64 win.

The Pack will wrap up their road trip to the Mount Rushmore State when they face Black Hills State University Saturday at 4 p.m. This game will be the second meeting in eight days between the ThunderWolves and Yellow Jackets.

- 30 –

As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics