GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (February 25, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball ended its historic 2016-17 regular season with a whimper as they suffered their second loss of the season 91-56 at Colorado Mesa University.
Despite the loss, the Pack earned the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship with a 20-2 RMAC record and a 26-2 overall record. They will enter the RMAC Tournament as the No.1 seed and will host South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Massari Arena.
Colorado Mesa will be the two seed in the RMAC Tournament. The Mavericks conclude the regular season with a 20-6 record (17-5 RMAC). They will host Colorado School of Mines Tuesday in the RMAC Quarterfinals.
The Pack's defense struggled to contain the Mavericks offense. Colorado Mesa made 51.7 percent (15-of-29) from downtown. CSU-Pueblo was cold from 3-point range, shooting 2-of-15. The Mavericks also had a 49 to 26 advantage on rebounding.
Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) led the ThunderWolves with 18 points. Anderson moved into 11th place all-time at CSU-Pueblo in scoring with 1,066 career points. She also made her 73rd 3-pointer of the season to post the second-highest total in school history.
The ThunderWolves never led. They would rally from 12-5 to tie the game at 12. However, the Mavericks would unleash a 16-2 run with four 3-pointers to take a 28-14 lead after one.
In the second quarter, the Pack never got any closer than 10, making it 30-20 early in the frame. However, Mesa put the Pack away with a 25-4 run that would all-but guarantee them the win. They led 57-27 at halftime. Colorado Mesa used their 30-point halftime lead to cruise to a 91-56 victory.
CSU-Pueblo's men's team will follow when they face Colorado Christian University in their RMAC Tournament First Round game at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for these games will on sale Tuesday at 12 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.