Pack Women eye first RMAC regular season crown

Pack Women eye first RMAC regular season crown

PUEBLO, Colo. (February  6, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball will wrap up its three-game homestand Tuesday night when they meet New Mexico Highlands University at 5:30 p.m. at Massari Arena. If the Pack wins, they would clinch a share of their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship.

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The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines

1) The Pack owns a 17-0 record in RMAC games. They hold a four-game lead on the rest of the conference. If the Pack can defeat Highlands, they would clinch at least a share of the first RMAC regular season title in program history.

2) With a 23-0 record overall, CSU-Pueblo is one of just two unbeaten teams left in D-II. They are ranked No.3 overall in both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and D-II Sports Information Directors Association polls. Their 23 wins ranks second overall.

3) The Pack started their three-game homestand with a 70-42 win over Adams State University Friday. CSU-Pueblo returned the following night to defeat Fort Lewis College 66-50. The ThunderWolves outscored the Grizzlies and Skyhawks by a combined 30 points in the second half (75-45).

4) Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) earned her third RMAC Offensive Player of the Week award of the season. Anderson averaged 25.0 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game last week. She reached the 1,000 point plateau in Friday's win over the Grizzlies. Anderson ranks 12th all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 1,028 points.

5) Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) set a CSU-Pueblo single-game record with eight blocks in the win over the Grizzlies. Rohrer earned RMAC Defensive Player of the Week honors with 10 blocks over the weekend. She now has six RMAC Player of the Week honors this season, more than any other player in the RMAC. Four of those awards have been Defensive Player of the Week.

-  With Rohrer and Anderson earning RMAC Player of the Week accolades, the Pack now has earned 11 RMAC Player of the Week awards. The rest of the RMAC hast 13 combined and no other team has more than two.

- The ThunderWolves rank fifth in the nation in field goal percentage defense. They limit opponents to 33.3 percent from the field. Conference opponents have shot just 31.7 percent from the field against the Pack.

-  Anderson ranks second in the RMAC with 17.5 points per game. She ranks 14th nationally with 67 3-pointers made this season. She is 10 triples away from tying the Pack's single season record for 3-pointers made.

- Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) continues to lead the RMAC in rebounding with 9.4 boards per game. She collected her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds against the Skyhawks. Cunningham also ranks second in the RMAC with 1.8 steals per game.

-  Rohrer leads the RMAC with 2.3 blocks per game. She ranks 21st in the nation in rejections per contest. Her 52 total blocks ranks 17th. As a team, the Pack ranks 23rd in the nation with 96 blocks. Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) ranks fifth in the conference with 1.1 blocks per game. She had five blocks last week.

Scouting New Mexico Highlands:

- The Cowgirls have a 2-19 record overall. They have a 1-16 record in RMAC games. They have lost 16 in a row.

- The Pack defeated Highlands 73-48 Dec. 6 to start the Cowgirls losing streak. CSU-Pueblo led this game by as many as 42 points. They lead the all-time series with Cowgirls 47-31 and have won four straight matchups between the two squads.

- Highlands has the worst field goal percentage defense in the conference. Opponents make 44.1 percent from the field against the Cowgirls.

-Kaylani Maiava ranks 12th in the RMAC with 13.0 points per game. Maiava ranks 13th in the conference in free-throw percentage, making 79.2 percent at the line.

- The Cowgirls are the worst rebounding team in the conference. They average just 30.1 rebounds per game. Opponents average 5.8 rebounds per game more than the Cowgirls.

Tuesday's game will also be Honor Roll Night where the CSU-Pueblo Athletics Department will recognize all student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher.

This contest will also be Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night. All CSU-Pueblo faculty, staff, and university employees will receive free admission to Tuesday's game.

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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