PUEBLO, Colo. (November 25, 2016) – For the second time in three games, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's basketball scored 90 or more points as the ThunderWolves cruised past Morningside College 90-77 in the Quality Inn & Suites Thanksgiving Classic. The Pack outscored the Mustangs 49-27 in the middle quarters to remain unbeaten at 5-0 in front of 801 fans at Massari Arena.
With its five consecutive victories to start the season, CSU-Pueblo stands at 5-0 for the first time since 2007-08. The Pack also dealt Morningside its first loss of the season. The Mustangs have a 5-1 record overall.
Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) recorded her third consecutive 20+ point effort with a game-high 24 points. Anderson leads the RMAC with 21.0 points per game. She swished 8-of-13 from the field including four three-pointers. The junior also knocked down all four of her free throws. Anderson dished out a team-best four assists in the win.
As a team, the Pack made 17 of their 18 tries from the charity stripe. CSU-Pueblo entered the weekend as the fourth-best free throw shooting team in the country, sinking 84.3 percent of the shots at the line.
Junior Taylor Long (Moreno Valley, Calif.) scored 15 points, her best total in a Pack uniform. Long knocked down all four of her free throw tries. She also drained a trio of 3-pointers. Long added a block, two steals, and two assists.
Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) narrowly missed a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds. Cunningham made all four of her free throw tries and two 3-pointers on three attempts. She dealt out three assists.
The ThunderWolves held a 47-33 advantage in rebounding. Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) pulled down a team-best 11 boards. Heyn came up with two steals. She scored four points, shooting 2 of 3 from the field.
Senior, Maddie Beagley (Russell, Kan.) came off the bench with eight hustle points. Beagley grabbed six rebounds, five of which were offensive boards. She made 3-of-4 from the field and knocked down both of her free throw attempts.
Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) made an impact defensively with three blocks. Rohrer scored nine points and handed out two assists. She also swished 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.
Morningside jumped out to an early 7-2 lead. The Pack would eventually tie it at nine. Cunningham gave the Pack its biggest lead of the first with a trey that put CSU-Pueblo up 23-18. They led 23-21 after one. Cunningham scored eight points in the first quarter.
Less than two minutes into the second quarter, a Mustang jumper cut the Pack's lead to 29-28. CSU-Pueblo answered with a 12-3 run, including a 7-0 stretch from 5:20-4:15 of the second quarter. The ThunderWolves kept Morningside at bay the rest of the frame carrying a 47-36 lead into the break. Long scored eight points in the second quarter.
Anderson and the Pack took over in the third quarter. CSU-Pueblo unleashed a 16-1 run to start the second half. Anderson scored 13 of these points including three triples to put the Pack up 63-37 midway through the third quarter, their biggest lead of the game. The Pack would carry this run to a 72-48 lead heading into the final frame.
Late in the third quarter, freshman Khiya Adams (Falcon, Colo.) hit her first collegiate 3-pointer. Adams totaled a career-best five points. She grabbed two rebounds in six minutes of game time.
In the fourth quarter, the Pack's bench got a chance to shine. Chelsea Vallejos (Jr., Lamar, Colo.) took full advantage, scoring eight points in the fourth quarter. Vallejos rained in a pair of three pointers on 3-of-3 shooting. Though the Mustangs rallied against the ThunderWolves bench, the Pack held on to win the game, 90-77.
As a team, the Pack tickled the twine with 13 3-pointers, making 46.2 percent of their tries from downtown. CSU-Pueblo made 46.2 (30-of-62) percent from the field for the game.
The Pack will wrap up the first-ever Quality Inn & Suites Thanksgiving Classic when they meet Wayland Baptist University Saturday. Tip off between the ThunderWolves and the Flying Queens is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Massari Arena.
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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