PUEBLO, Colo. (December 1, 2016) – After an undefeated nonconference season, the No. 12/10 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball teams starts its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule with a road trip to play Fort Lewis College Friday and Adams State University Saturday. Both games tip off at 5:30 p.m.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) The Pack jumped from No. 17 to No.12 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association poll. CSU-Pueblo also ranks No. 10 in the Division II Sports Information Directors Association poll. The Pack is one of just 22 unbeaten teams left in the nation.
2) Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) earned RMAC Player of the Week honors for the third consecutive week. Rohrer received her second consecutive RMAC Defensive Player of the Week with 3.0 blocks per game. She became the first student-athlete to earn three consecutive RMAC Player of the Week honors since 2013-14 and has taken the award every week of 2016-17.
3) Jim Turgeon received Coach of the Month honors from D-II Bulletin. Turgeon has led the Pack to its first 6-0 start since 1975-76. Not only did the Pack start 6-0 for the first time in 40 years, but they also completed their first undefeated nonconference season in school history.
4) CSU-Pueblo ranks fourth in the nation in free throw percentage. The Pack has swished 83.9 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe. Angie Moore (Sr., Katy, Texas) has made all of her free throws. Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) ranks second in the RMAC with a 94.7 free throw percentage. Tuileisu Anderson (85.2 percent) Rohrer (91.7 percent), Jaszymn Johnson (90.0 percent), and Katie Cunningham (92.9 percent) all shoot above 85 % at the line.
5) Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) leads the RMAC in scoring with 20.0 points per game. She ranks 19th in the country in scoring average. Anderson also stands 10th in D-II in 3-pointers per game (3.5).
- The Pack ranks 25th in the nation in scoring average. CSU-Pueblo puts up 80.2 points per game. The ThunderWolves average eight more points than any other RMAC team.
- Rohrer ranks 15th in the country with 2.67 blocks per game. As a sophomore she already ranks fifth in school history with 86 blocks. Her 57.1 percent from the field places her sixth in the RMAC.
- CSU-Pueblo leads the RMAC in 3-point field goal percentage, making 39.8 percent of their shots from downtown. This ranks the ThunderWolves 13th in the country.
- Cunningham (Aurora, Colo.) owns the highest rebounding average in the RMAC. She pulls down 9.2 board per game. Cunningham also ranks third in the conference with 4.8 assists per game and a .500 3-point percentage. She is fifth in free throw percentage and fourth in steals per game (2.2).
- Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) ranks eighth in the RMAC with 7.5 rebounds per game. Heyn also ranks seventh in the conference with 2.5 offensive rebounds per game.
Scouting Fort Lewis:
- Friday's game between the Pack and the Skyhawks will be a rematch of the 2016 RMAC Tournament Championship game. The ThunderWolves won that game 72-61 to clinch their conference-record fifth RMAC Tournament Championship.
- CSU-Pueblo beat Fort Lewis in each of the three meetings between the two teams last season. The Pack has won its last seven games against the Skyhawks.
- Fort Lewis completed its nonconference schedule with a perfect 4-0 record. Alyssa Yocky leads the Skyhawks with 13.3 points per game. Yocky makes 85.7 percent of her tries from the charity stripe.
- The Skyhawks rank second in the conference in defense allowing just 54.8 points per game. They have limited opponents to 30.2 percent from the field and 20.0 percent from downtown. Both of these percentages lead the RMAC.
Scouting Adams State:
- The Grizzlies went 1-3 in their non-conference schedule. The RMAC Preseason Coaches Poll predicted that Adams State would finish 15th out of 15 teams.
- The Pack has come out on top in each of its last 10 meetings with the Grizzlies. Adams State last beat CSU-Pueblo Feb. 12. 2011.
- Adams State is the worst shooting team in the conference. The Grizzlies make 29.1 percent of their shots from the field.
- Maddy Merschel ranks second in the conference with 8.5 rebounds per game. She also stands second in the RMAC with 1.8 blocks per game. She ranks behind ThunderWolves in both categories.
This weekend's two-game swing is a part of a three-game road trip to begin conference play for the Pack. They will play at New Mexico Highlands University Tuesday at 5 p.m. before returning home to meet Westminster College at 5:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 10.
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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