Long ball lifts Pack to 6-0 start in RMAC play and 69-57 win at Western State

Long ball lifts Pack to 6-0 start in RMAC play and 69-57 win at Western State

GUNNISON, Colo. (December 16, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball team knocked down eight 3-pointers, four from junior Jennah Knafelc (G, Highlands Ranch, Colo.), in a 69-57 road win at Western State Colorado University Saturday. The win moved the ThunderWovles to 6-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play before heading out on winter break. 

The eight 3-pointers tied for the second most for the Pack (8-4, 6-0 RMAC) this season, as the road team shot 44.4 percent from long range. CSU-Pueblo shot 43.7 percent from the field, while holding Western State (4-8, 1-5 RMAC) to only 32.1 percent. The ThunderWolves outrebounded the Mountaineers 43-34, which included 13 offensive boards. 

Knafelc knocked down 4-of-5 (80%) from long range and went 7-for-11 (63.6%) from the field to total 18 points in 24 minutes off the bench. Junior Molly Rohrer (C, Greenwood Villiage, Colo.) finished with 16 points, five rebounds and four blocks, while senior Taylor Long (G, Moreno Valley, Calif.) added 16 points with five rebounds and four assists. 

Junior Lauren Heyn (Loomis, Calif.) gathered 11 rebounds (four offensive) with seven points and two steals. Senior Tuileisu Anderson (G, Vancouver, Wash.) had a rough shooting night, but pulled down seven rebounds, one shy of her career-high. 

The two teams were tied 14-14 after one quarter of play, but then the Pack knocked down three 3-pointers in the second quarter and recorded a 15-8 advantage to own the 29-22 lead at the half. Long had eight points in the second frame.

Both teams found an offensive rhythm in the third quarter, as the Pack needed a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Knafelc to give the road team a 21-18 advantage in the 10 minutes. She led the team with eight points, while the ThunderWolves shot 50 percent from the field in the quarter. 

The CSU-Pueblo lead was 13 at 55-42 with 7:47 remaining in regulation following a layup by Rohrer and the advantage never dipped below nine the rest of the way in the 12-point victory. 

The team will break for the holidays and return to the court Dec. 30 in a road contest at Black Hills State University (11-2, 5-2 RMAC). The RMAC contest is scheduled to begin at 4 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.