PUEBLO, Colo. (February 3, 2017) – Tuileisu Anderson and Molly Rohrer wrote their names in the Colorado State University-Pueblo record book Friday night as they led the Pack to a 70-42 win over Adams State University. A second-half stampede helped the No.3 ranked ThunderWolves reach 22-0.
Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) became the 14th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. She entered the game 22 points shy of 1,000 and finished the night with a game-high 24 points. Anderson made 6-of-13 from the field including 5-of-10 from downtown. She swished 7-of-8 at the free throw line. Anderson also corralled six rebounds.
Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) set the school record for blocks in a game. Rohrer rejected eight Grizzly shots to break Katie Nehf's record set Dec. 5, 2014 also against Adams State. The Pack's center also finished with a team-high seven rebounds. Rohrer knocked down 6-of-12 from the field to tally 12 points. She also dished out two assists.
The Pack outscored the Grizzlies 39-20 in the second half to earn their 22nd win of the season. CSU-Pueblo also remains unbeaten in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play at 16-0. Adams State slipped to 1-18 (0-16 RMAC). By virtue of their win and a Regis University loss, the ThunderWolves now enjoy a four-game lead on the rest of the RMAC.
Defensively, the Pack limited the Grizzlies to just 26.8 percent shooting from the field. The Pack shot 38.5 percent from range. CSU-Pueblo also forced 26 Grizzly turnovers.
Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) led the Pack with two steals. Long also pulled down six rebounds and dealt out a team-high four assists.
Sloppy play told the story in the first quarter. The Pack built a 10-9 lead with 3:47 to go in the first. Neither team would for 3:09 before an Angie Moore (Sr., Katy, Texas), jumper ended the drought. Because of this bucket, the Pack enjoyed a 13-11 lead after one.
Early in the second quarter, Adams State rallied to take 22-20 lead midway through the second. This would be the Grizzlies last lead of the game. The Pack went on an 11-0 run to end the first half up 31-22.
In the third quarter, the Pack showcased its dominance. CSU-Pueblo began the second half on a 13-2 run that lasted 4:22. After an Adams State bucket, the ThunderWolves embarked on a 10-4 run to close the quarter. The Pack outshot the Grizzlies 44.4 percent to just 16.7 percent in the third quarter as they held a 54-29 lead after three. CSU-Pueblo held a 23-7 scoring advantage in the third quarter.
Entering the fourth quarter, Anderson had collected 20 points for the night. Pack Head Coach Jim Turgeon left Anderson in to try and reach the 1,000 point plateau. Turgeon and the crowd of 1,500 fans would not have to wait long as Anderson put in a layup on a beautiful assist from Long just 25 seconds into the fourth quarter to earn her 1,000th career point. Anderson added two more before exiting with a game-high 24.
The Pack would keep the Grizzlies at bay for the rest of the fourth quarter as they came away with a 70-42 win. CSU-Pueblo outshot the Grizzlies 45.5 percent to just 28.6 percent in the fourth.
With their victory the Pack remains one just three undefeated teams left in D-II. They have now won 12 in a row over Adams State.
The Pack will keep its homestand going Saturday night when they face Fort Lewis College. Tip off at Massari Arena is slated for 5 p.m.
Tomorrow's game will feature the return of Denver Nuggets Super Mascot Rocky at the Pack's annual Take-A-Kid-to-A-Game Night. There will also be a Kid Zone with autographs from CSU-Pueblo men's and women's basketball players and Rocky, along with face painting. Saturday's men's basketball game will air on CET channel 106/900 HD for Comcast Xfinity subscribers.
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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.