PUEBLO, Colo. (November 16, 2017) – The No. 5 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball team will host its home opener Friday when the Pack plays Northern State University at 5 p.m. in the 34th annual Al Kaly Shrine Classic presented by Quality Inn & Suites. CSU-Pueblo will square off with Davenport University Saturday in their second and final game of the annual tournament at 5 p.m. in Massari Arena.
The student athlete advisory committee is holding a canned food drive. Fans who bring canned food will receive discounted admission. Canned food donations will benefit the Pack Pantry.
Prices: $7 Reserved adult ticket $5 General Admission ticket
$6 reserved Students /Military/veterans $6 GA Students /Military/veterans
$5 reserved ticket with canned food donation $5 GA ticket with canned food donation
Fans can also purchase a family four-pack for $15. Family four-packs include two adult general admission tickets and two general admission youth tickets.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) CSU-Pueblo went 1-1 in its opening weekend, dropping a hard fought opener to No. 23 Lubbock Christian University 57-52. The Pack defeated Texas A&M University-Commerce 55-52 one night later.
2) Curtis Loyd earned his first win with the Pack Saturday against the Lions. Loyd's defense first approach was evident as the Pack held their first two opponents to 54.5 points per game, second-best in the RMAC.
3) Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) sits just one point away from 10th place on CSU-Pueblo's all-time scoring list. Anderson's 1,141 career points puts her just one-point shy of Lisa Osleson (Knafelc)'s 1,142 career points. Osleson was indtuced into the CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame in October and is the mom of Anderson's teammate Jennah Knafelc (Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.).
4) The Lady Chaps and the Lions mustered just 13.6 percent from 3-point range against the Pack. CSU-Pueblo has the best 3-point defense in the RMAC through the first two games. They rank fourth in D-II in 3-point defense through the opening weekend.
5) Reigning RMAC Defensive Player of the Year Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) picked up where she left off last season. Cunningham collected a career-high 15 rebounds in the Pack's win over the Lions. Her 12.0 boards per game leads the RMAC and ranks 24th in the nation. She finished with a conference-best 9.2 rebounds per game last season.
- Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) earned RMAC Player of the Year honors as a sophomore last season. Rohrer has been the Pack's scoring leader in each of the first two games. She has averaged 17.5 points per game. With 945 career points, Rohrer ranks 17th all-time at CSU-Pueblo.
- Rohrer currently leads the RMAC with 2.0 blocks per game. She topped the conference in blocks during each of her first two seasons. Her 2.2 blocks per game for her career is the best average all-time at CSU-Pueblo.
- Anderson ranks second in the RMAC with 3.0 steals per game. The senior matched her career-high with five steals against Lubbock Christian.
- Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) ranks among the RMAC leaders in free throw percentage. Long went 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the opening weekend, including a pair of game-clinching free throws in the Pack's win over the Lions. She scored 15 points in that game.
- Anderson ranks third all-time in 3-pointers made at CSU-Pueblo with 159 treys. She is 16 triples away from second place all-time.
- Scouting Northern State:
- The Wolves have started the season 2-1. Northern State already has a big upset in 2017-18, knocking off No. 3 Harding University, 83-78 in their season opener.
- CSU-Pueblo and Northern State have met just once. The Wolves topped the ThunderWolves 73-65, Nov. 28, 2003.
- Northern State was picked second overall and in the North Division in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Wolves finished 24-7 overall in 2016-17. They posted a 16-6 mark in NSIC games.
- Miranda Ristau ranks 10th in the NSIC with 16.7 points per game. Ristau has made 62.5 of her shots from the field, fifth most in the Northern Sun.
- In their first season at the D-II level, Davenport has started the year 1-2 The Panthers defeated Cornerstone University Monday for their first D-II win in program history
- The Panthers and Pack have never played. Saturday will be the first meeting between the two schools.
- Davenport went 31-4 in NAIA competition last season. They advanced to the second round of the NAIA D-II Tournament last season.
- Emily Severn is the Panthers leading scorer, averaging 15.7 points per game. Severn also averages a team-best 6.7 rebounds per 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.