SPEARFISH, S.D. (January 7, 2017) - For the second consecutive night, a Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball game came down to the last shot, and for the second consecutive night the Pack survived as they beat Black Hills State University 88-87 in overtime Saturday.
Senior, Jaszymn Johnson scored on a lay up with three seconds left to preserve the Pack's undefeated record as they knocked off the Yellow Jackets to move to 15-0. CSU-Pueblo now owns a 9-0 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. The Yellow Jackets slipped to 4-10 (4-6 RMAC). The Pack has now beaten Black Hills State twice in the last eight days.
Johnson (Denver, Colo.) finished with 15 points, but more importantly, she scored the Pack's final six points of overtime to give them the victory. She knocked down 7-of her 8 free throws. Johnson also grabbed four rebounds.
Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) totaled a game high 21 points. Rohrer drained 7-of-9 from the field. She swished 7-of-10 at the free throw line. Rohrer pulled down six rebounds.
Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) netted 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Heyn had five rebounds, two steals, and a block. She also dished out a pair of assists.
Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) collected 15 points, on 5-of-14 shooting. She also hit all five of her free throw attempts. She snagged three steals, and three assists.
Junior Katie Cunningham (Aurora, Colo.) secured a game-high 10 rebounds. Cunningham added three assists, three steals, and a block. The Pack's point guard scored six points.
Both teams caught fire in the first quarter, shooting 50 percent or better. The Pack made 6-of-12 from the field and 10-of-10 at the charity stripe. However, the Yellow Jackets sank 8-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-6 from deep to carry a 26-23 lead into the second quarter.
The Yellow Jackets built the lead to as many as six, 33-27 midway through the second. However, the Pack answered with an 11-4 run to take the lead. A technical foul allowed the Yellow Jackets to score four consecutive points to take a 41-38 lead at the break.
In the third quarter, the Pack kept pace with the Yellow Jackets, but did not take the lead until the final minute of the quarter. A Katie Jones (Jr., Baldwin Kan.) 3-pointer gave the Pack a 58-55 lead with 31 seconds left in the third, but the Yellow Jackets hit a triple of their own to force a 58-58 tie going into the fourth quarter.
Midway through the fourth, the Pack fell behind by seven, 70-63. A 7-0 run courtesy of Rohrer and Heyn knotted the game up at 70. Every time Black Hills State took the lead during the rest of regulation, the Pack would answer. Rohrer scored a jump shot with 20 seconds left to tie the game at 74 and send it into overtime.
In the fourth quarter, the Pack and Yellow Jackets continued to trade the lead. With the game tied at 82, Johnson took over the offense for the Pack scoring four consecutive points for the Pack to give CSU-Pueblo an 86-84 lead. The Yellow Jackets answered with 10 seconds left, getting a bucket and a free throw to take an 87-86 lead. Johnson and the Pack would not be denied the win as she scored on a lay up with three seconds left to earn the victory.
CSU-Pueblo went 31-of-40 from the line (77.5 percent). The two teams shot 48 percent from the field with the Pack holding a 48.2 to 48.1 percent edge in shooting percentage. The Pack overcame a 10-3 disadvantage from downtown as the Yellow Jackets shot 41.7 percent from beyond the arc.
After a pair of scares in South Dakota, the Pack will return home to meet Metro State University of Denver Friday. Tip off at Massari Arena is set for 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.