Third quarter frenzy helps No. 3 Pack take down Fort Lewis, now 23-0

Third quarter frenzy helps No. 3 Pack take down Fort Lewis, now 23-0

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 4, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball knocked off Fort Lewis College 66-50 Saturday night. Thanks to 26 points from Tuileisu Anderson and a Katie Cunningham double-double, the No.3 ranked ThunderWolves swarmed the Skyhawks to reach 23-0 in front of 2,000 fans at Massari Arena.

With their 23-0 record,  the Pack is one of just two unbeaten teams remaining in Division II. CSU-Pueblo never trailed Fort Lewis on their way to a 17-0 record in RMAC games . Fort Lewis falls to 16-6 (11-6 RMAC). The ThunderWolves have dealt the Skyhawks their only two double-digit losses of the season and have won their last nine games against Fort Lewis.

One night after scoring her 1,000th point, Anderson (Vancouver, Wash.) set her sights on her next 1,000 as she scored 26 points.  The junior went 11-fo-23 from the field including 4-for-15 from downtown. She also snagged five rebounds two steals and a block. With 50 points this weekend, Anderson vaulted from 16th to 12th on the Pack's all-time scoring list.

Cunningham (Aurora, Colo.) earned her third double-double of the season. The Pack's point guard scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Cunningham went 4-of-6  from the field, while going 2-for-2 from both downtown and the free throw line.

Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) led the Pack with three blocks. She now has seven blocks in her last three games. Heyn added five points.

Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) blocked two more shots. She totaled 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including a 3-pointer. Rohrer dished out two assists.

The Pack outrebounded the Skyhawks 45-36. CSU-Pueblo shined a t the free throw line, draining 11-of-12 (91.7 percent) from the line. Although Fort Lewis took 22 free throws, they would only make 13 of them finishing with a 59.1 percent showing at the line.

CSU-Pueblo seized control from the opening tip. The Pack began the game on a 7-0 run thanks to four points from Cunningham and a 3-pointer from Anderson. Though the Skyhawks would close within four they could not catch up to the Pack. CSU-Pueblo took a 14-9 lead after one. Neither team scored in the final three minutes of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Pack built their lead to double digits for the first time with 3:33 left in the half, taking a 28-17 lead on a pair of Heyn free throws. A 8-0 run from Fort Lewis brought it back within three. An Anderson jumper gave the Pack a 30-25 lead at halftime.

Fort Lewis cut the Pack's lead to two (32-30) less than a minute into the second half. However, they would not get any closer. A 14-4 run from the Pack made it a 46-34 lead with 1:43 left in the third. CSU-Pueblo owned a 48-36 edge after three.

The Pack sealed the deal in the fourth with a 12-2 run to start the quarter that made it 60-38.  CSU-Pueblo outscored the Skyhawks 28-8 between the final 5:31 of the third to the 6:35 mark of the fourth.  A Rohrer 3-pointer gave the Pack their biggest lead of the night at 63-40. They would close out the Skyhawks in a 66-50 win.

CSU-Pueblo will conclude its three-game homestand Tuesday when they host New Mexico Highlands University. With a four-game lead on the rest of the RMAC, the Pack would clinch a share of their first-ever RMAC regular season championship with a win over the Cowgirls.

Tuesday's game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. at Massari Arena.. CSU-Pueblo Athletics will recognize all student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher as part of Honor Roll Night. All CSU-Pueblo faculty and staff members will receive free admission to Tuesday'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