DURANGO, Colo. (February 3, 2018) – Down five entering the fourth quarter, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball rallied to defeat No. 23 Fort Lewis College 63-61 Saturday in a road challenge at FLC Whalen Gymnasium.
With the win, the Pack has now defeated the Skyhawks in 11 straight meetings. They stand 17-6 overall. CSU-Pueblo's 15-2 RMAC record gives them what is essentially a three-game lead in the RMAC standings due to tiebreakers with five games remaining. The Skyhawks fell to 12-5 in RMAC play and 18-5 overall.
Senior, Katie Cunningham (Aurora, Colo.) fueled the Pack's fourth quarter rally with 10 points in the final frame alone. Cunningham finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. She swished 6-of-6 at the free throw line, all coming in the fourth. Cunningham had four steals, three coming in the fourth. The Pack's point guard also dealt out four assists.
Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) led all scorers with 22 points including nine in the fourth quarter and 13 in the second half. Anderson came away with five steals. The senior scored on 8-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from downtown. She swished all three of her free throw attempts. Anderson dished out four assists in the win.
Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) scored 12 points, all coming in the first half. She hauled in eight rebounds.
Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) tacked on 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting and two 3-pointers. Long had two steals and three assists in the win.
The two teams traded the lead throughout the first quarter. CSU-Pueblo led 14-8, but the Skyhawks tied it at 14 heading into the second quarter.
For the first three minutes of the second quarter, neither team scored. The Pack finally broke the tie when Rohrer scored on a layup at 6:54. After the Skyhawks took a 26-25 lead with 2:48 left, the Pack went on a 6-0 run to close the half with a 31-26 lead.
Fort Lewis controlled the third quarter. The Skyhawks opened the second half on a 9-4 run to tie the game at 35. They would close the quarter with a 49-44 lead after shooting 63.6 percent from the field. In the third quarter the Skyhawks shot 10 free throws compared to zero for the Pack.
After trailing for most of the fourth quarter, the Pack went on a 13-3 run to take a 61-57 lead with 2:50 left to play. Cunningham would sink another pair of free throws and the Pack's defense stood tall as CSU-Pueblo held on for a 63-61 road win.
The Pack will conclude their three-game road trip Tuesday when they visit New Mexico Highlands University. Tipoff between the Pack and the Cowgirls is slated 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.