PUEBLO, Colo. (December 1, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball opened Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play with a statement victory of No. 11 Fort Lewis College, 63-48 in front of 915 fans at Massari Arena.
The Pack defeated Fort Lewis for the 10th consecutive time to improve to 3-4. More importantly, they are 1-0 in RMAC play after a win over the Preseason No.2 team in the RMAC poll. Fort Lewis tasted defeat for the first time in 2017-18, falling to 5-1 (0-1).
Averaging 76.0 points per game, the Skyhawks only mustered 48 against the Pack's defense. CSU-Pueblo forced 21 Skyhawk turnovers and held Fort Lewis to 28.6 percent from the field in the second half. The Skyhawks went 0-for-10 from downtown.
Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) scored 15 points for the Pack. The 15 points launched Anderson into seventh all-time in scoring at CSU-Pueblo with 1,190 career points. Ranked 10th all-time coming into the weekend, she passed Shelly Watts (1,185 points, 1985-88), Shelly Grasmick (1,186 points, 1990-95), and Sheryl Phipps (1,187 points, 1976-81). Anderson also dished out four assists.
Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) led the scoring effort for the Pack with 16 points. She added five rebounds and went 8-of-9 at the free throw line. Entering the game with 27 consecutive makes at the charity stripe, Rohrer's streak of consecutive free throws made reached 35 before a miss in the fourth quarter.
Jennah Knafelc (Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) tacked on 10 points, making 4-of-6 from the field. She knocked down 2-of-4 from deep. Defensively, Knafelc came away with four steals.
Playing in her first game of the season, Lauren Heyn (Jr., Loomis, Calif.) delivered eight points. She went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Heyn swatted a Skyhawk shot in the win.
Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) did everything but score for the Pack. Cunningham collected 13 rebounds. She also handed out five assists. Defensively, she provided the Pack with three steals and a block.
The Pack's trend of slow starts persisted. Fort Lewis rushed out to a 9-0 lead. Anderson got the Pack on the board after starting the game's first 5:38 without a point. After another pair of Skyhawks buckets, the Pack went on a 7-0 run to end the quarter trailing 13-9.
CSU-Pueblo made it nine in a row as the Pack tied the game 39 seconds into the second quarter. The Pack led by as many as six in the second quarter as 3-pointers from Knafelc and Chelsea Vallejos (Sr., Alamosa, Colo.) put CSU-Pueblo up 23-17. The Skyhawks responded and tied the game at 27 heading into the half. Vallejos finished with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting.
A 12-3 run to start the third gave the Pack some breathing room as they opened up a 39-30 edge. They concluded the third holding a 43-36 advantage. Anderson and Rohrer each scored seven points in the third.
In the fourth, the Pack pulled away. After the Skyhawks trimmed the Pack's lead to 45-40, CSU-Pueblo rattled off a 13-2 run to build the lead to 15. It reached as much as 17 as the Pack won its 10th consecutive game over the Skyhawks.
The Pack's three-game homestand continues Saturday when they play rival Adams State University at 5:30 p.m. in Massari Arena. CSU-Pueblo will try for its 13th consecutive victory over the Grizzlies.
Saturday's game will also be Youth Basketball Night. Fans who wear their youth basketball jerseys will receive free admission into Saturday's game.
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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.