PUEBLO, Colo. (November 17, 2017) – It was an off night for Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball in their home opener. The No. 5 ranked ThunderWolves shot just 28.1 percent from the field in a75-59 loss to Northern State University Friday night at Massari Arena in their first of two games of the 34th annual Al Kaly Shrine Classic presented by Quality Inn & Suites.
The Pack shot just 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from downtown. Northern State knocked down seven 3-pointers and shot 49.1 percent from the field including 43.8 percent from 3-point range.
Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) entered the top-10 in scoring all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 11 points. Anderson passed CSU-Pueblo Hall of Famer Lisa Osleson (Knafelc) to move into 10th place all-time. She is now 33 points away from ninth all-time in program history. Anderson went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.
Making her season debut, Katie Jones (Sr., Baldwin, Kan.) asserted herself at both ends of the court Jones scored 10 points, including a 7-of-8 showing from the free-throw line. Defensively, Jones recorded a career-high four steals.
The Wolves clearly game-planned for RMAC Player of the Year Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.), holding her to 1-of-12 shooting from the field and 10 points. Rohrer hit 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. As a team, the Pack was 24-of-28 (85.7 percent) on free throws.
It was another slow start for CSU-Pueblo. They fell behind the Wolves 10-2 in the first three minutes of the game. The Pack got as close as four, but did not take the lead, trailing 18-12 after one.
Less than a minute into the second quarter, the ThunderWolves cut the gap to four once again, at 20-16. However, the Pack would not get their first field goal until 5:29 into the quarter when Jones knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 30-21. Northern State scored the next 10 points to go up 40-21.
Unlike their victory last Saturday over Texas A&M Commerce, the Pack could not overcome their halftime deficit. Northern State built their lead to 20 in the third quarter as they stunned the 941 fans in attendance with a 75-59 win.
CSU-Pueblo slipped to 1-2 on the season. Northern State improved to 3-1. With their victory over the Pack, the Wolves have now knocked two top-five teams already in 2017-18.
The Pack is back in action Saturday as they face Davenport University in their last game of the Al Kaly Shrine Classic presented by Quality Inn & Suites. Tip off between the ThunderWolves and the Panthers is set for 5 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.