PUEBLO, Colo. (January 20, 2017) – After a rare midweek road trip, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball returns home to tangle with Colorado School of Mines Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Massari Arena. Saturday's game will also be Military Appreciation Day , with all active and retired military personnel and their immediate families (four people) receiving free admission to Saturday's game.
At 18-0, the Pack is one of just four undefeated teams remaining in D-II. Their 18 wins ranks as the second most in the nation.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) The ThunderWolves rolled through Colorado Christian Tuesday night 80-61. The Pack scored 51 points in the first half and led by 19 points at intermission before coasting in the fourth quarter. Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood, Village, Colo.) scored 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field.
2) CSU-Pueblo reached its highest ranking ever in both D-II polls this week. The Pack hopped up two spots into No.6 in the D-II Sports Information Directors Association poll. The ThunderWolves bounced up three spots in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association poll to No.7. The Pack's previous best ranking came at No.8 twice this season.
3) Rohrer was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season. Rohrer had six blocks last week. She now has four RMAC Player of the Week honors in 2016-17 and six in her two year career, including five Defensive Player of the Week honors.
4) CSU-Pueblo ranks eighth in D-II in free throw percentage. The Pack makes 78.7 percent of their tries from the line. They made 12-of-12 against UCCS. Six ThunderWolves shoot 80 percent or better at the charity stripe.
5) Tuileisu Anderson(Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) ranks second in the conference with 17.0 points per game. Her 2.7 3-pointers per game also stands second in the RMAC. With 124 career 3-pointers, Anderson ranks seventh all-time at CSU-Pueblo. She is 12 triples away from the top 5 and one away from sixth. With 50 3-pointers this season, she has set a new career-high and ranks 19th nationally.
- Rohrer averaged 16.5 points per game, 3.0 blocks and 8.0 rebounds per game against the Orediggers last season. Anderson scored 15.5 points per game against the Orediggers in 2016-17.
- CSU-Pueblo leads the RMAC with 74.1 points per game. They are also the conference's best shooting team, making 43.2 percent of their shots from the field. They beat conference opponents by 15.1 points per game.
- Offensively, Rohrer ranks fourth in the conference with 15.0 points per game. Her 52.6 percent field goal percentage also places her fifth in the conference and 30th nationally. Rohrer's 81.8 free throw percentage ranks fifth among qualified players.
- CSU-Pueblo boasts the nation's 14th best field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to just 34.1 percent shooting from the field. The Pack holds conference opponents to just 56.0 points per game and 32.2 percent from the field, both are the best in the RMAC.
- Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) leads the RMAC with 9.2 rebounds per game. She stands fourth in the conference with 4.3 assists per game. Her 1.8 steals per game ranks third in the conference. Cunningham also owns the third best assist to turnover ratio in the RMAC (2.1).
Scouting Colorado Mines:
- The Orediggers bring an 11-10 overall record into the weekend. They stand 7-5 in RMAC games. Mines has won back-to-back games after defeating Western State Saturday and Highlands Tuesday.
-CSU-Pueblo leads the all-time series against Colorado Mines 35-19. The two squads split the two meetings last year.
- Colorado Mines leads the conference in rebounding, pulling down 43.6 rebounds per game. They are the 31st best rebounding team in D-II. The Orediggers grab 14.1 offensive rebounds per game.
- Emily Bailey leads the Orediggers with 12.8 points per game, the 12th highest average in the RMAC. Bailey also ranks fifth in the RMAC with 1.2 blocks per game.
- Defensively, the Orediggers rank 10th in the conference, allowing 65.5 points per game. They are also 10th in defending 3-pointers.
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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