PUEBLO, Colo. (December 5, 2016) - Ranked No. 12/10 in the nation, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball concludes its three game road trip to begin Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play Tuesday when they visit New Mexico Highlands University at 5 p.m.
The ThunderWolves enter the week with an 8-0 record. CSU-Pueblo stands as one of just 13 teams in D-II that are still undefeated. This is the first time the Pack has started 8-0 since 1975-76 when the Pack the season 11-0. CSU-Pueblo has started conference play 2-0 with a 79-56 win over Fort Lewis College and a 61-45 victory over Adams State University.
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 most recent Division II Sports Information Directors Association poll. CSU-Pueblo stands second in the South Central region in the SIDA poll.
2) Despite eight blocks last week, Molly Rohrer's RMAC Player of the Week streak was snapped at three. Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.)still became the first student-athlete to earn three consecutive RMAC Player of the Week honors since 2013-14. Rohrer's 3.0 blocks per game leads the RMAC by a block per game. She ranks ninth in the nation in blocks per game.
3) CSU-Pueblo ranks 21st in the nation in free throw percentage. The Pack has swished 76.9 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe. Jaszymn Johnson (Sr., Denver, Colo.) and Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) stand tied for fourth place in the RMAC with a 90 percent free throw percentage. Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) ranks fifth in the conference with an 87.5 percentage at the line. Rohrer ranks sixth, making 86.2 percent of her tries at the stripe.
4) The Pack ranks 37th in the nation in scoring average. CSU-Pueblo puts up 77.6 points per game. The ThunderWolves average four more points than any other RMAC team.
5) Tuileisu Anderson leads the RMAC in scoring with 18.0 points per game. She ranks 50th in the country in scoring average. Anderson also stands 27th in D-II in 3-pointers per game (3.5). Rohrer ranks second in the conference in scoring, averaging 15.4 points per game.
- Rohrer ranks ninth in the country with 3.0 blocks per game. The Cherry Creek High School product averages a block per game better than any other student-athlete in the conference. Her closest competition is Kaylani Maiava of NMHU. As a sophomore, Rohrer already ranks fifth in school history with 91 career blocks.
- Cunningham owns the highest rebounding average in the RMAC. She pulls down 9.6 boards per game. Cunningham also ranks second in the conference with 4.9 assists per game. She is third in steals per game (2.1).
- Rohrer's 56.3 percent from the field places her fifth in the RMAC. She stands 28th nationally in field goal percentage.
- CSU-Pueblo leads the RMAC in field goal percentage, making 43.7 percent of their shots from the field. The ThunderWolves also lead the conference in blocks per game (5.1) and assists per game (16.5). CSU-Pueblo ranks 23rd in the country in blocks per game and 36th in assists per game.
- The ThunderWolves grab 10.4 rebounds per game more than their opponents, which ties them for second in the RMAC. They rank 23rd in the country in rebounding margin. The Pack has outrebounded every opponent they have played in 2016-17.
Scouting New Mexico Highlands:
- The Cowgirls bring a 2-3 record overall into the weekend. They started RMAC play 1-1 with a 77-62 win over Adams State. NMHU lost the following night to Fort Lewis 79-48.
- CSU-Pueblo has won nine of their last 10 games against Highlands. The Pack leads the all-time series against the Cowgirls 48-30.
- Maiava was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week with six blocks, five steals, and 8.0 rebounds per game. She also scored 18.0 points per game. Maiava also leads the Cowgirls with 13.2 points per game, seventh most in the RMAC.
- The Cowgirls are the worst free throw shooting team in the RMAC, making just 61.8 percent from the charity stripe. They make 33.1 percent from the field, 13th best in the conference.
- NMHU has the worst scoring margin in the conference, losing by an average of 17 points per game. The Cowgirls allow 70.7 points per game, third most in the conference.
After they put the finishing touches on their three-game road swing, the ThunderWolves will return home for a four-game homestand. The Pack's homestand at Massari Arena begins Saturday when the play Westminster College at 5:30 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