Second half surge, Anderson’s 27 points leads Pack past Tarleton

Second half surge, Anderson’s 27 points leads Pack past Tarleton

PUEBLO, Colo. (November 19, 2016) –  In the last game of the 33rd annual Al Kaly Shrine Classic, Colorado State University-Pueblo, women's basketball rallied to beat Tarleton State, 76-64. Down as many nine points, the Pack fought back to earn its second come from behind victory of the weekend and third of the season. 

With the victory, the ThunderWolves remain unbeaten at 4-0. The TexAnns fell to 1-3.

Tuilesu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) led the Pack with 28 points.  Anderson earned Most Valuable Player honors for the Al Kaly Shrine Cassic honors with 27.0 points per game for the weekend. She made 4-of her-5 tries downtown, and 10-of-18 from the field.  Anderson finished with three steals. She made 10 3-pointers in the tournament. 

Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) scored 15 points, making six  of her nine attempts from the field. Rohrer also rejected three TexAnn shots and pulled down six rebounds. Rohrer received All-Tournament team honors with 15 points per game on 57.8 percent shooting from the field and 3.0 blocks per game. 

Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) continued her well rounded play. Cunningham pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out four assists. She finished with four points in 34 minutes of action.  Cunningham earned All-Al Kaly Shrine Classic honors for her efforts

Junior Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) finished with 12 points. Long knocked down all three of her free throw attempts. 

Entering the weekend as the fifth-best free throw shooting team in the nation (85.7 percent), the Pack made 21 of their 24 free throws in the win.  

The Pack fell behind early as the Texanns caught fire from beyond the arc. A quartet of 3-pointers put the Pack in a 12-3 hole just four minutes into the game.  A 6-0 run by the Pack cut the lead to three. The Texanns responded and made it an eight-point lead. In the waning seconds of the first, Tarleton looked to go up by double digits, when Anderson stole a pass and finished with lay up to make it 19-13 after one.

CSU-Pueblo answered early in the second, cutting the Texanns lead to 23-20 early in the quarter.  CSU-pueblo would keep it close throughout the quarter as the Texas carried a 30-26 lead into halftime. Anderson scored nine points in the first half.

In the third quarter, the Pack surged with the first seven points of the second half. CSU-Pueblo took its first lead of the game at 8:09 of the third quarter (33-30).  Rohrer came alive in the third quarter with seven points in the first five minutes to help the Pack to a 43-38 advantage. Tarleton reclaimed the lead at 49-48. With one second left on the clock, Angie Moore (Sr., Katy, Texas) was fouled shooting a 3-pointer. Moore swished all three of her free throws to give the Pack a 51-49 lead heading into the fourth.

The Pack dominated the fourth quarter. After the Texanns cut the Pack's lead to two, 57-55, unleashed a 9-0 run that put the Pack up double digits. They would pull away with a 76-64 victory.

CSU-Pueblo will return to action Friday Nov. 25 when they host Morningside in the Quality Inn & Suites Thanksgiving Classic at Massari Arena. First tip is set for 7 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.