DENVER Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball battled Metro State University Denver in a back and forth contest Saturday, but in the end the Pack fell to the Roadrunners 85-82 in overtime at the Auraria Events Center.
Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) scored a career-high 19 points. Cunningham completed the double-double with 12 rebounds. She made 8-of-12 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. Cunningham also dished out five assists.
Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) recorded a season-high 26 points. The 26 point outburst was the most by a Pack player this season. She went 5-of-11 from the field and knocked down 14-of-18 from the charity stripe.
Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) totaled 23 points on 8-of-20 shooting. She made 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Lauren Heyn (Jr., Loomis, Calif.) earned her second double-double of the season. Heyn hauled in 12 rebounds. She also tack on 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field.
The Roadrunners used a 7-0 run to open up a 13-6 lead. Though they built their lead to eight, the Pack answered with a 6-0 run over the last 2:11 of the quarter to make it 18-17 after one.
In the second quarter, the Pack kept the Roadrunners in range. With eight seconds left in the half, Cunningham hit a layup to tie the game at 37 heading into the break.
The Pack took their first lead of the game with a 9-0 run to start the second half. They would close the quarter in front of the Roadrunners 58-55.
CSU-Pueblo went scoreless for the first 4:34 of the fourth quarter, but the Pack kept the Roadrunners quiet as well. The Pack's first bucket of the frame, tied the game at 60. The two teams traded the lead the rest of the way.
A 3-pointer by J'Nae Squires Horton put the Roadrunners in front 73-71 with 11 seconds left. Down two, Cunningham was fouled with four seconds left. She knocked down both free throws to send the game to overtime.
In the extra period, the Roadrunners used a pair of 3-pointers against the Pack's top ranked 3-point defense to take the lead. The Pack would give chase, but they would never catch up, dropping an 85-82 final.
The hard-fought road loss was the Pack's first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference loss of the season. They stand 11-5 overall with a 9-1 record in RMAC Play. The Roadrunners improved to 11-5 (7-3 RMAC).
CSU-Pueblo will look to bounce back Saturday when the play University of Colorado Colorado Springs on the road. The two Steel & Silver Trophy Rivals will tip off at 5:30 p.m.