PUEBLO, Colo. (December 5, 2017) – From the opening tip, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball swarmed New Mexico Highlands University as the Pack rolled to a 78-53 win at Massari Arena.
The Pack dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Cowgirls 45-23. CSU-Pueblo Head Coach Curtis Loyd's team outscored Highlands by a combined score of 41-9 in the first minutes of each quarter
Jennah Knafelc (Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) led the Pack with a season-high 18 points, shooting 50 percent from the field and from deep. Knafelc snatched five steals, tying a career-high, and five rebounds. She rained in 4 treys in the win.
Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) moved into 12th all-time in scoring at CSU-Pueblo with 1,053 career points. Rohrer went 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. She has made 42 of her last 43 attempts from the line. Rohrer added four rebounds.
Lauren Heyn (Jr., Loomis, Calf.) was a force in the box score. Heyn totaled 11 points on 5-of-7 from the field. She also hauled in seven rebounds and blocked three shots. Heyn handed out a pair of assists without committing a turnover.
Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) tacked on 13 points. She knocked down a trio of 3-pointers and dished out three assists.
Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) handed out five assists. Chelsea Vallejos (Sr., Lamar, Colo.) dished out three helpers. As a team, the Pack had 21 assists, their second consecutive game with 20+ assists.
The Pack wasted no time as they scored the game's first seven points. CSU-Pueblo made the lead double-digits less than four minutes into the game as a Rohrer layup made it 14-4. CSU-Pueblo finished the quarter on another 7-0 run that made it 26-9 after one. Anderson had nine points and went 3-for-3 from deep in just the first quarter. The Pack went of 9-of-13 from the field (69.2 percent) in the first 10 minutes.
Early in the second quarter, the Pack continued to pour it on, starting the stanza with a 9-0 stretch, making it 16 consecutive points overall. CSU-Pueblo's lead stood at 26 in the second quarter at 38-12 after a Knafelc 3-pointer.
With a sizeable advantage, Curtis Loyd turned his bench. At this point .Highlands went on an 11-0 run to trim the lead to 15.. It would remain a 15-point lead as the Pack went into locker room up 45-30. Knafelc had 11 points in the first half. CSU-Pueblo went 7-fo-14 from beyond the arc in the opening half.
The second half started the same way the first half did. The Pack went on an 8-0 run to start the second half that made it a 23-point cushion. The ThunderWolves would lead 61-37 after three.
A 12-3 run to start the fourth pushed the Pack's lead to a game-high 34. They cruised to a 78-53 win. CSU-Pueblo shot 61.5 percent from the field in the fourth and 47.6 percent for the game.
The ThunderWolves will now spend the next month on the road. The first game of their four-game trip will be Friday when they play Westminster College at 5:30 p.m. in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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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.