Pack rally comes up short in RMAC Tourney

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GOLDEN, Colo. No. 5 seed Colorado State University -Pueblo Women's Basketball's season came to end with a 62-57 loss to No. 4 seed Colorado School of Mines in the quarterfinals of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference / Under Armour Tournament at Lockridge Arena.

Down by as many as 16, the Pack would rally back within one, but could not jump in front of the Orediggers. The ThunderWolves forced 20 turnovers, while only committing nine.

Lauren Heyn (Sr., Penryn, Calif.) wrapped up her career with a 12-point showing. Heyn hauled in a game-high nine rebounds. Six of Heyn's boards came on the offensive glass. She made 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 at the line.

Her 95 career wins ranks second all-time at CSU-Pueblo. She won two RMAC Regular Season Champions and two RMAC Tournament Championships.

JaNaiya Davis (Fr., Hewitt, Texas) piled on 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field. Davis matched a career-high with three blocks. She scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half.

Jennah Knafelc (Sr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) capped her career with 14 points. Knafelc made four 3-pointers. She finished her season with 76 3-pointers, the second-highest single season total in program history. Defensively, Knafelc came away with two blocks and two steals.

Khiya Adams (Jr., Falcon, Colo.) netted nine points. Nadirah Oakman (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) had a career-high five steals.

The Orediggers took control in the first quarter. Mines started the game on an 8-2 run. They led 20-8 after one.

In the second quarter, the Pack could not cut into the Oredigger lead. They got as close as nine points, but went into the break down 36-24.

Mines scored the first four points of the second half to take a game-high 16 point lead. After that, the Pack began a furious rally. They went on a 22-7 run the rest of the quarter that pulled the Pack back within one at 47-46.

The Pack remained close throughout the fourth quarter. However, they could not take the lead as the Orediggers (18-10, 14-8 RMAC) held on to claim the 62-57 victory and advance to the RMAC / Under Armour Tournament semifinals.

For the Pack, they finish their season 16-13. This will likely be the first time since 2013 that they did not advance to the NCAA Tournament or the second round of the RMAC Tournament.