CHADRON, Neb. (January 27, 2017) – The No. 4 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball team entered the gym for the 20th time this season Friday night and for the 20th time this season they left with a win as they dominated Chadron State 77-54.
The ThunderWolves never trailed as they moved to 20-0, reaching 20 wins for the eighth time in school history. They have a 14-0 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. Chadron State stumbled to 5-12 (5-9 RMAC).
Katie Cunningham (Aurora, Colo.) delivered her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds. She swished 3-of-5 from the field including a perfect 2-of-2 from downtown and 2-of-2 at the free throw line. Cunningham chipped in two steals, a block and three assists.
Senior Jaszymn Johnson (Denver, Colo.) sparked the Pack's offense with 17 points off the bench. Johnson sank 4-of-6 from the field. She also knocked down 3-of-4 from downtown and 6-of-6 at the line.
Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) totaled 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field. Anderson added four steals.
RMAC Offensive Player of the Week, Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting. She also swatted her 41st shot of the season.
Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) fired in nine points on 4-of-9 from the field. She swiped her way to two steals.
The Pack outshot the Eagles 45.9 percent to 32.3 percent. CSU-Pueblo hit 50.0 percent of its 3-pointers, going 9-of-18 from downtown. The Eagles made 15.6 percent (5-of-32) from deep.
An 8-0 run to start the game gave the ThunderWolves control from the opening tip off. They would never trail as they piled on to take a 25-12 lead after one. The Pack made 5-of-7 from downtown in the first quarter. Anderson had eight points in the first. Johnson was not far behind with seven points.
The ThunderWolves continued to dominate in the second quarter. Holding a 35-21 lead midway through the second, the Pack went on a 12-0 run to finish the half with a 26-point lead at intermission. CSU-Pueblo outshot the Eagles 50.0 percent to 20.0 percent in the second quarter. Johnson tacked on another eight points in the second quarter to finish the half with 15. The Pack committed just one turnover in the first half.
With the game well in hand and a 47-21 lead at halftime, the Pack lightened up a little in the second half. They outscored the Eagles 15-13 in the third quarter to take a 62-34 lead into the final frame. Anderson picked up three steals in the third.
CSU-Pueblo rested its starters for much of the fourth as they coasted to a 77-54 win. No Pack starter played more than 25 minutes.The ThunderWolves committed 12 turnovers in the second half. They outrebounded the Eagles 42-36.
A big test looms for the Pack on Saturday as the meet No. 18 Regis University in a road showdown. Tip off in Denver is slated for 5 p.m.
The Pack will return to Massari Arena for a three-game homestand beginning Feb.3 at 5:30 p.m. against rival Adams State University. The following night will be the annual Take a Kid to a game night against Fort Lewis College. Denver Nuggets super mascot Rocky will be at this game to entertain the fans.
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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