CSU-Pueblo Fights off Tarleton State to advance to NCAA Regional Semifinals

CSU-Pueblo Fights off Tarleton State to advance to NCAA Regional Semifinals

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 10, 2017) Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball picked up its second NCAA D-II Women's Basketball Tournament win  Friday night when the No.1 seeded ThunderWolves dispatched No.8 seed Tarleton State University, 68- 59 in the NCAA South Central Region Quarterfinals at Massari Arena.

The Pack matched a season-high with 54 rebounds to eliminate the TexAnns from D-II's big dance. CSU-Pueblo now stands 28-3. Tarleton State finishes their season at 16-14. CSU-Pueblo also dominated defensively holding the TexAnns to 28.4 percent shooting from the field, while shooting 39.7 percent from range themselves.

With their victory, the Pack advances to the Second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010. CSU-Pueblo will host No.4 seed West Texas A&M University Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Massari Arena. The Lady Buffs beat Regis University, 75-67.

Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) earned her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Rohrer also broke the Pack's single-season blocking record with five swats in the win. The RMAC Player of the Year now has a Pack record 73 blocks this season to eclipse Lindsay Black's record of 72 set in 2007-08. Rohrer also jumped to second place on the Pack's career rejections list with her 140th career block.

Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) led the Pack with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Anderson also knocked down a trio of 3-pointers to claim sole possession of the Pack's single-season 3-pointers record. Anderson now has 80 3-pointers this season. Her 154 career 3-pointers places her fourth all-time at CSU-Pueblo. Anderson also added six rebounds and two assists.

Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) took over the game at times for the Pack. Heyn finished with eight points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field. She hauled in seven boards, four of which were offensive. Heyn also rejected four TexAnn shots before fouling out.

Senior Jaszymn Johnson (Denver, Colo.) totaled 11 points. She went 4-of-8 from the field including a pair of 3-pointers.

Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) led the pack with five assists. Long tacked on six points and five boards.

The ThunderWolves never trailed as they raced out to a 10-3 lead just 2:18 into the game. Anderson drained a pair of 3-pointers during this run. Tarleton State closed within two thanks to five unanswered points. However, the Pack put some distance between themselves and the TexAnns with a 12-5 run to close the quarter with a 22-13 lead. The Pack made 61.5 percent from the field in the first.

After five consecutive points to start the second quarter, the Pack owned a 14-point lead just over a minute in the second. CSU-Pueblo promptly went cold, going on a scoring drought that lasted over six minutes. The Pack's cold streak allowed the TexAnns to crawl back within striking distance at 27-22. CSU-Pueblo finally found the bottom of the net again, scoring the last six points of the second quarter to carry a 33-22 lead into the break.

In the third quarter, the Pack pushed their lead to a game-high 15 as a Rohrer layup made it 46-31 with 2:41 left in the frame. Tarleton State would find an answer as Mackenzie Hailey scored 10 consecutive points for the TexAnns to cut the gap to 46-41. A Katie Jones (Jr., Baldwin, Kan.) jumper would end Hailey's 10-0 run, but Hailey would score again to make it 48-43 entering the fourth. Hailey finished with 23 points.

A 6-0 run to start the fourth put the Pack up by double-digits once more, but the Lone star Conference Tournament Champions still had some fight in them as they closed within six midway through the quarter. The Pack fought off the TexAnns rally with an 8-3 run that gave them an 11-point lead again. The TexAnns would eventually climb back within six with 1:20 left, making it 63-57. CSU-Pueblo would not let the TexAnns get any closer as the Pack closed out Tarleton State 68-59.

Tickets go on sale for the Pack's Regional Semifinal game with the Lady Buffs at 3 p.m. The winner of this game will get the chance to play for a NCAA South central regional Championship Monday at 7 p.m. The first 300 CSU-Pueblo students in attendance for Saturday's game will receive free admission.

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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.