GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (December 15, 2017) – A fast start and a hot-shooting finish led Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball to a 67-60 victory Colorado Mesa University on the Mavericks home court at Brownson Arena.
With the win, the Pack now owns a 7-4 record overall. They are 5-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play for the fifth consecutive season. The Mavericks fell to 9-2 (3-2 RMAC). CSU-Pueblo made 42.3 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from downtown (7-of-16).
Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) propelled the Pack to victory with seven points in both the first and fourth quarters. Anderson finished with a season-high 16 points on a 5-of-8 shooting from the field. This performance launched Anderson into sixth on the Pack's all-time scoring list with 1,240 points. She also secured three steals including one in the final minute to seal the victory.
Anderson also knocked down three 3-pointers on five attempts. She now has 172 career 3-pointers, just three shy of second place all-time at CSU-Pueblo.
Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) finished just short of her first career triple-double. Cunningham totaled nine points and matched her season-high with eight assists. The reigning RMAC Defensive Player of the Year also pulled down 12 rebounds and added a steal.
Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) tied her season high with 15 points. Long sank 6-of-8 tries from the field. The guard proved to be a force from beyond the arc, hitting 3-of-4 from downtown. Long added two boards and a steal.
Entering the game as the RMAC's leading scorer, Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) dropped in 12 points. Rohrer corralled seven rebounds and dished out three assists. She also added the Pack's lone block.
RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Lauren Heyn (Jr., Loomis, Calif.) fought her way to the free throw line. She swished 6-of-7 from the charity stripe on her way to an eight point night. Heyn hauled in eight rebounds in the win.
The Pack came out on fire on both ends of the court, rushing out to a 14-2 lead. CSU-Pueblo held the Mavericks to just 14.3 percent (2-of-14) from the field in the first quarter as they sprinted out to an 18-8 lead after one.
In the second quarter, the Mavericks closed the gap as the Pack went the first nine minutes of the quarter without a field goal. The Mavericks did not shoot much better, making just 22.2 percent in the second quarter. an 8-of-9 performance from the free throw line in the second quarter kept the Pack in front 28-21 at halftime. Heyn accounted for six of the Pack's 10 points in the second.
A 7-1 run to start the second half pushed the Pack's lead back to 13. The Mavericks did not fold as they went on a 19-5 run that tied the game at 40. Colorado Mesa took their only lead of the game with 16 seconds left in the third as a 3-pointer put the home team up 46-45. Long answered with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Pack back up 48-46.
The fourth quarter remained close. With less than three minutes left, Anderson hit a 3-pointer to push the Pack's lead to six. A Long steal led to a Cunningham layup that made it 63-55. Anderson scored the Pack's final four points to give CSU-Pueblo a 67-60 win. The Pack shot 50.0 percent from the field in the fourth quarter (7-of-14).
The ThunderWolves will meet Western State Colorado University Saturday in Gunnison, Colo. at 5 p.m. This battle withe the Mountaineers will be the Pack's final game before the holiday break.
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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.