PUEBLO, Colo. (March 3, 2017) – Despite a furious fourth quarter rally attempt, Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball could not overcome the 3-point shooting of Regis University as the Pack fell to the Rangers 77-71 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout Semifinals Friday at Massari Arena.
Ranked No. 5/7 in the D-II polls, the Pack slipped to 27-3 and were eliminated from the RMAC Tournament. Regis improved to 23-6 as they advance to play University of Colorado Colorado Springs in the RMAC Shootout Championship Saturday at 7 p.m. in Massari Arena.
Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) picked up her fourth double-double of the season. Cunningham finished with a season-best 16 points on 2-of-5 shooting from the field. She sank 11-of-14 at the charity stripe. The RMAC's Defensive Player of the Year, Cunningham corralled 10 rebounds and three steals. She also dished out five assists. Cunningham has 10 or more rebounds in 15 of her 30 games this season.
Senior Angie Moore (Katy, Texas) made 5-of her-7 shots from the field en route to an 11 point night. Moore also swatted two Ranger shots to match a career-high. The senior scored her 11 points in just 12 minutes of playing time.
RMAC Player of the Year Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) led the Pack with 19 points. Rohrer scored 17 of her points in the second half as she ignited the Pack's rally. Defensively, Rohrer rejected two Ranger shots to set a new career-high with 68 total blocks this season, second most in school history. Rohrer also hauled in eight rebounds for the Pack.
The Pack trailed the entire game as the Rangers went on a 7-0 run to start the game. The Pack made just 1-of-10 from the field in the first quarter. However, eight free throws would keep the Pack in it as they trailed 18-13 after one.
A layup from Rohrer brought the Pack within three just over two minutes in the second quarter. Regis responded with a 12-5 run that gave them a double-digit lead at 30-20. The Rangers would carry a 40-29 edge into the break. They outshot the Pack 44.8 percent to 25.0 percent in the first half.
In the third quarter, the Pack cut the lead back to single digits at 42-33. Regis' lead would not stay in single digit for long as the Rangers went on a 10-4 run to jump back out in front 52-37. They would hold a 64-47 lead heading into the final frame.
Midway through the fourth Regis held a 75-57 lead. That's when the Pack finally found their rhythm. CSU-Pueblo scored the next 14 points to cut the lead to 75-71 with a minute left. Rohrer scored seven points in the run that brought the Pack back within four. Much to the dismay of over 1,000 ThunderWolves fans at Massari Arena, CSU-Pueblo would not score again as Regis came away with a 77-71 victory.
Long range continues to haunt the Pack as they went just 5-of-21 (23.8 percent) from deep. The ThunderWolves have made less than 30 percent from downtown in eight of their last nine games. Regis went 8-of-20 (40.0 percent) from 3-point range.
Ranked No.1 in the NCAA South Central Regional Rankings poll heading into the tournament, the Pack will now have to wait and see if they will host a NCAA Regional. The Pack's postseason fate will be revealed Sunday during the NCAA Selection Show at 8 p.m. Click Here to watch the NCAA Selection Show Sunday.
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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