PUEBLO, Colo. (February 28, 2017) – On the day she was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Molly Rohrer led the No. 5/7 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball team to a 69-65 win over South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in the RMAC Tournament Quarterfinals Tuesday at Massari Arena
With the victory, CSU-Pueblo will advance to host Regis University in the RMAC Shootout Semifinals Friday at 7 p.m. The Pack now owns a 27-2 record on the season. The Hardrockers fell to 12-16 in their final game of the year as they were eliminated from the RMAC Tournament.
Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) led all scorers with 23 points. She went 11-of-19 from the field. The Center made an impact in the passing game with a career-high six assists. Rohrer also swatted five more shots to add to her RMAC lead. With 66 total blocks this season, Rohrer sits just six away from the single-season record for blocks at CSU-Pueblo.
Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) finished with 13 points including seven in the fourth quarter. Long hit two 3-pointers in the final frame. In the final seconds, with SD Mines looking to crawl back within one, Long stuffed a SD Mines 3-pointer to preserve the Pack win.
RMAC Defensive Player of the Year Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) finished with six points. Cunningham also hauled in eight rebounds and came away with two steals.
Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) totaled 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. Heyn also had a block, a steal and a rebound.
Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) also tacked on 10 points. She went 2-for-5 from downtown. Anderson also added two steals.
The Pack inched out to an 8-2 lead. However, the Hardrockers responded with a 9-0 run to jump in front. CSU-Pueblo reclaimed the lead on a Cunningham layup to carry a 17-16 advantage into the second quarter.
A pair of 3-pointers put the Hardrockers up five early in the second quarter. They would lead by as many as six, before the Pack tied it at 32. SD Mines reclaimed the lead with another 3-pointer. Ana Gurau (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) sank a buzzer beater to cut the Hardrockers lead to 35-34 at the break.
SD Mines went 7-for-11 from downtown in the first half. CSU-Pueblo came out cold from deep, hitting just one of their 11 3-point attempts in the first. Rohrer countered the Hardrockers attack from beyond the arc with 13 points before the break.
In the third quarter, the Pack woke up. A 7-0 run to start the third quarter gave the Pack a 41-35 lead they hold the rest of the quarter. CSU-Pueblo carried a 50-46 edge into the final frame. Anderson scored six of the Pack's 16 points in the third.
Rohrer and Long took over in the fourth, scoring 15 of the Pack's 19 points in the last quarter. Despite the production from these two players the two teams would trade the lead back and forth throughout the fourth. With the Hardrockers leading 59-57, the Pack unleashed a 10-2 run to take the lead for good. They would close of the Hardrockers 69-65 to advance in the RMAC Tournament.
With the victory the Pack has guaranteed that the rest of the RMAC Women's Tournament will be held in Pueblo.
Friday's RMAcCShootout semifinals at Massari Arena begin with a 5 p.m. game between the No.2 seeded Colorado Mesa University and the No.3 seed University of Colorado Colorado Springs. The Pack will play the No.4 seeded Rangers Friday at 7 p.m.
Tickets for Friday's RMAC Shootout Semifinals cost $8 with youth/senior/military tickets running $4. All tickets will be general admission.
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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.