PUEBLO, Colo. – The Chadron State College women’s basketball team closed the first half on a 14-0 run to pull within Colorado State University-Pueblo 24-21, but the ThunderWolves shot over 46 percent from the field in the second half to earn a 61-49 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory Friday night at Massari Arena.
Marla Munsen scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Kaitlin Petri scored a game-high 18 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome CSU-Pueblo as it moved to 13-3 overall and 10-2 in the conference.
The Eagles, who had won their previous three games, closed the first half in a flurry. They held Pueblo scoreless the final seven and a half minutes and scored 14 straight points to cut the lead to 24-21 at intermission.
However, the ThunderWolves took control of the game at the start of the second half. They scored eight straight points and maintained at least a 6-point lead the rest of the game.
Eight of the nine players who saw time, scored. Laurel Kearsley led Pueblo with 17 points and eight rebounds and Jennelle Branting added 12 points and six boards.
Neither team shot well in the first half – the two teams combined to make 17 of 69 shots – but Pueblo hit 13 of 28 from the field in the second half, including three 3-pointers. The Eagles, meanwhile, hit 10 of 28 and went 0-for-6 from long range.
Chadron State, now 4-12 overall and 4-8 in the RMAC, will play at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs tonight (Saturday). Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.
CSC 21 28 – 49
CSU-P 24 37 – 61
—CSC Sports Information
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