COMMERCE, Texas (November 10, 2017) – In their first game of the 2017-18 season, No. 5 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo did something they did not do until February last season as the Pack lost No. 23 Lubbock Christian University 57-52 in the first game of the South Central Region Challenge.
Turnovers proved costly for the Pack as they gave it away 21 times. Lubbock Christian turned it over just 14 times as they would pull off the upset.
Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) showcased the skills that made her Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Rohrer led all scorers with 19 points, including 17 in the second half. She went 6-of-13 from the field, but 5-for-8 in the second half. Rohrer swished 7-of-7 from the free throw line. She also rejected two Lady Chap shots.
Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) struck for 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting. She also came away with five steals.
Senior Katie Cunningham (Aurora, Colo.) pulled down nine rebounds. She added six points on 2-for-5 shooting. Cunningham completed her line with two assists two steals.
The two squads traded buckets throughout the first quarter, finishing the frame tied at 11. Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) scored all five of her points in the opening stanza. The Pack held the LadyChaps to just 20 percent from the field in the first quarter.
With 3:16 left in the second quarter, Anderson drained her second 3-pointer of the half to put the Pack up 25-22. Lubbock Christian answered with an 8-0 run that gave them a 30-25 advantage at the break.
Lubbock Christian added to its lead in the third quarter. The LadyChaps went on a 7-0 run to that gave them a 47-33 lead. This would be their biggest lead of the match as they were up 51-39 after three.
The Pack tried to rally in the fourth. CSU-Pueblo began the quarter on a 9-2 run that trimmed Lubbock's lead to five, 53-48. However, the ThunderWolves could not complete the comeback as Lubbock Christian would hold on for a 57-52 win.
Much like his predecessor, Head Coach Curtis Loyd's tenure at CSU-Pueblo begins with a loss to Lubbock Christian. Loyd will look to earn his first win as the Pack's bench general Saturday when the ThunderWolves battle host institution Texas A&M University Commerce at 6:30 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 Pueblo