PUEBLO, Colo. (December 10, 2016) – Tuileisu Anderson caught fire for the No.9 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball team as the ThunderWolves stormed through Westminster College 68-54 Saturday night at Massari Arena.
CSU-Pueblo jumped to 10-0 with the win as they continue their best start since 1975-76. They stand 4-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. The Griffins fell 2-2 in the RMAC play and 4-4 overall.
Anderson(Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) scorched the nets with a career-high 30 points. She swished 11-of-13 attempts from the field. Anderson also knocked down 7-of her-9 attempts from downtown. The seven 3-pointers ranks as the second-highest single game total in school history. Anderson added four rebounds and a steal in the win. She scored 48 points in just 46 minutes of game time this week.
The RMAC's leading rebounder, Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Co.) added to her league lead Saturday night. Cunningham snagged 12 rebounds. She also dished out three assists and scored two points.
Senior Maddie Beagley (Russell, Kan.) provided a spark off the bench with eight points and seven rebounds. Beagley made 4-of-5 from the field. Three of her rebounds were on the offensive glass. The eight points matched a season high for Beagley.
Angie Moore (Sr., Katy, Texas) added an offensive presence with nine points. Moore sank 4-of-9 from the field including her first triple of the season. She pulled down five rebounds in the win.
Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) corralled eight rebounds for the Pack as they held a 54-32 advantage on the glass. Heyn chipped in six points.
The ThunderWolves outshot the Griffins 40.6 percent to 30.2 percent from the field, including a 43.1 percent to 29.1 percent advantage for the first three quarters. The Pack led by as many as 28, before pulling their starters midway through the fourth.
Westminster kept pace with the Pack in the first. The ThunderWolves jumped out to an early 13-5 lead thanks to eight points from Anderson. The Griffins would rally as a pair of 3-pointers cut the Pack's lead to two. Four points from Beagley helped the Pack carry a 19-15 lead into the second frame.
In the second quarter, the Pack took over. CSU-Pueblo began the second quarter on an 8-2 run that ballooned the advantage to 10. The Pack finished the quarter on a 7-2 scoring spree that gave them a 37-22 edge heading into halftime. Anderson scored 17 points in the first half. After The Griffins shot 46.2 percent in the first quarter, the Pack buckled down defensively in the second, limiting Westminster to just 15.8 percent from the field.
The Pack continued to roll in the third quarter. Midway through the third, Anderson went on an 8-2 run that would lead to the Pack going up by 20, 51-31. Moore drained her 3-pointer at the end of the quarter to give the Pack its biggest lead yet 57-33. Anderson almost outscored the Griffins in the third. Westminster had 11 points while Anderson had 10.
After sinking a three that put the Pack up 60-35, Anderson exited with 6:47 left in the game. Moments later, Jaszymn Johnson (Sr., Denver, Colo.) made a 3-pointer that gave the Pack its biggest lead of the night at 28 points. With the game well in hand, the ThunderWolves pulled their starters. Westminster took advantage of this, cutting the Pack's to 14 by game's end. Despite the Griffins rally attempt over the last five minutes, the Pack remained unblemished in 2016-17 winning in front of their home fans 68-54.
The Pack will continue its four-game homestand next Friday, December 16 when the Pack battles Colorado Mesa University at 5:30 p.m. in Massari Arena. A win by the ThunderWolves over the Mavericks would match the best start in school history.
Fans can attend the Pack's game with Colorado Mesa and CSU-Pueblo's following four home games for just $15 with the Santa Six Pack. Individual adults can enjoy the 12 games of Christmas with six Pack women's basketball games and Pack men's basketball games for $15 with an adult individual ticket or $20 for a family four pack. That's over $70 worth of savings.
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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