PUEBLO, Colo. (February 27, 2018) – In the first round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament, the No. 1 seed, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball team knocked off the No. 8 seed South Dakota School of Mines 60-50 Tuesday night at Massari Arena.
Senior Tuileisu Anderson (Vancouver, Wash.) led the Pack to victory with a game-high 24 points. With her 24 points, Anderson moved into second all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 1,491 career points. Anderson sank 5-of-12 from deep, making her only the second player in program history to make 200 3-pointers, (202). She had seven rebounds in the win. Her five 3-pointers are the most by a CSU-Pueblo player in 2017-18.
RMAC Player of the Year, Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) scored 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting. She narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Rohrer had two blocks to become the first player in Pack history to reach 200 blocks.
Lauren Heyn (Jr., Penryn, Calif.) added eight points. Heyn hauled in 10 rebounds. Heyn had a season-high three assist along with a block and a steal.
Katie Cunningham (Aurora, Colo.) totaled 11 points after making 6-of-6 at the free throw line. The RMAC Defensive Player of the Year had three steals and pulled in eight rebounds. Cunningham had four assists.
The Pack outrebounded the Hardrockers 45-35. CSU-Pueblo made 11-of-12 at the line (91.7 percent).
After the Pack jumped out to a 5-0 lead, the Hardrockers went on an 8-2 run to jump in front 8-7. The ThunderWolves countered with a 13-1 run to take a 20-9 lead. South Dakota Mines score the final four points to make it 20-13 after one.
The second quarter belonged to the Hardrockers. They held the Pack to five points on just 2-of-15 shooting, including a 1-for-10 mark from downtown. A 10-2 Hardrockers run, gave them their first lead of the second quarter. Cunningham quickly answered with a three. The Hardrockers would tie it at 25 heading into intermission.
In the third quarter, the Pack led by as many as five. However, South Dakota Mines kept pace with the ThunderWolves, cutting the gap to one, 41-40 after three.
The Hardrockers took a 48-47 lead with 6:15 remaining on one of their nine 3-pointers. This lead did not last long as the Pack jumped in front by one on a Rohrer layup 24 seconds later. Rohrer's bucket started an 8-0 run for the Pack. The ThunderWolves' defense clamped down, holding the Hardrockers scoreless for over five minutes.
When they finally scored again, the scoreboard showed 44 seconds and a 55-50 Pack lead. CSU-Pueblo hit its free throws down the stretch to close out a 60-50 win.
After eliminating the Hardrockers, Massari Arena will be the site for the RMAC Tournament Semifinals. The No.1 seed Pack will face the No.5 seed Regis University in the second semifinal Friday at 7 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