Pack clinches share of RMAC Championship in 78-67 win

Pack clinches share of RMAC Championship in 78-67 win

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 10, 2018)  The No. 24 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball team clinched a share of its second consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship with a 78-67 win over Westminster College Saturday at Massari Arena.

The ThunderWolves have a 17-2 record in RMAC play. They lead the rest of the conference by three games with three games remaining. With a 19-6 record overall, the Pack has earned its third RMAC Regular Season Championship in school history. Westminster stumbled to 13-10 (12-7 RMAC).

Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) earned her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Six of Cunningham's 14 rebounds came on the offensive glass. She also had eight assists, matching her career high.

Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) dropped 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Rohrer even knocked down a 3-pointer. The Pack's Center finished with six rebounds two steals, and a block.

Senior Taylor Long (Moreno Valley, Calif.) scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field. Long had two steals.

Lauren Heyn (Jr., Penryn, Calif.) totaled 11 points 4-of-7 shooting. She also sank a 3-pointer.Heyn secured six rebounds, four of which came on the offensive end. 

Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) led the Pack with four steals. She finished with eight points and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

The Pack dominated on the boards. CSU-Pueblo outrebounded Westminster 41-24. The Pack had 17 offensive rebounds, leading to 15 second chance points.

Offense told the story in the first quarter. The Griffins made 69.2 percent from the field. However, the Pack kept pace making 7-of-15. Westminster led 21-10 after one. Anderson scored all eight of her points in the first quarter.

The Pack opened the second quarter on a 19-3 run that put them in front 39-24. They led 41-30 at the half.  Rohrer had eight points during the Pack's run. She had 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the first half.

CSU-Pueblo made 52.6 percent from the field in the second quarter, compared to just 22.2 percent for Westminster. The Pack outrebounded the Griffins 19-10 in the first half, including an 8-1 advantage on the offensive glass.

After the Griffins closed the gap to seven, the Pack exploded with another 12-3 run to push the lead to 15. They would hold a  58-47 advantage heading into the final frame.

Every time the Griffins threatened to cut the Pack's lead to single digits, the Pack would answer. CSU-Pueblo led by as many as 15, but never let the Griffins get closer than nine as they prevailed 78-67.

With a share of the RMAC Championship, the Pack will look to claim their third RMAC Regular Season title outright when they travel to Colorado Christian University Saturday Feb. 17. The Pack's final road game of the regular season starts at 5 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.