PUEBLO, Colo. (November 30, 2017) – After facing a difficult non-conference schedule, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball begins Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play with another challenge as they battle No. 11/21 Fort Lewis College Friday at home. The Pack's three-game homestand continues Saturday when they square off with rival Adams State University. Both games tip off at 5:30 p.m. in Massari Arena
Friday night's game will be alumni night at Massari Arena. Pack Basketball alumni will be recognized during halftime during the women's game. Fans are also encouraged to wear ugly Christmas sweaters to Friday's game. A contest for the ugliest sweater will be held during halftime of the men's game with the winner receiving a prize.
Saturday's game will be youth basketball night at Massari Arena. Fans who wear their youth/school basketball jersey will get in free.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) The Pack went 2-4 during the non-conference slate. Three of the Pack's four losses have come to teams currently ranked in the WBCA top 25: No. 5 West Texas A&M University, No. 7 Lubbock Christian University, and No. 16 Northern State University.
2) Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) scored her 1,000th career point in the Pack's game at West Texas. Rohrer became the 15th player in school history reach this milestone. With 21 points this weekend, Rohrer would move into 13th all-time at CSU-Pueblo.
3) Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) enters this weekend as the 10th leading scorer in school history at 1,175 points. With 13 points, Anderson would vault into seventh all-time on the Pack's points leaders, passing Shelly Watts (1,185 points, 1985-88), Shelly Grasmick (1,186 points, 1990-95), and Sheryl Phipps (1,187 points, 1976-81).
4) The Pack ranks seventh in the nation in free throw percentage. CSU-Pueblo has hit 82.9 percent of its tries from the charity stripe, second-best in the RMAC.
5) Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) leads the RMAC with 36.2 minutes played per game. Cunningham ranks second in the RMAC with 9.5 boards per contest.
- Rohrer has made 27 consecutive free throws. She ranks 10th in D-II with 38 free throws made. Rohrer and Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) both rank second in the RMAC with a 90.5 percent free throw percentage.
- Anderson ranks fifth in the RMAC with 2.0 steals per game. She stands sixth in the RMAC making 89.5 percent of her tries at the charity stripe.
- Cunningham leads the Pack in field goal percentage, making 51.4 percent from the field. She made 4-of-4 from range against the Lady Buffs. She averaged 13.5 points per game in the Thanksgiving Classic.
- Rohrer ranks third in the RMAC in scoring. The Pack's center averages 15.7 points per game. She sits second in the conference with 1.8 blocks per game. Her 11 blocks leads the RMAC.
Scouting Fort Lewis:
- The Skyhawks have started the season 5-0. They rank No. 11 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association poll. The D-II Sports Information Directors Association poll has Fort Lewis as the No. 21 team in the country. They knocked off NCAA South Central regional finalist Angelo State University 57-56 last week.
- CSU-Pueblo leads the all-time series against the Skyhawks 45-36. The Pack has won the last nine meetings against Fort Lewis by an average of 11.2 points per win. Fort Lewis stood 4-0 entering last season's RMAC opener against the Pack. CSU-Pueblo won that game 79-56.
- Vivian Gray ranks second in the RMAC with 16.2 points per game. Gray holds third place in the conference with 9.2 rebounds per game. Her 1.8 blocks per game places her fourth in the RMAC.
- The Skyhawks stand third in the RMAC in both scoring offense and scoring defense. They average 76.0 points per game and allow 54.0 points per game. Fort Lewis' 22.0 scoring margin places them second in the RMAC and 22nd in D-II.
- Fort Lewis leads the RMAC with 16.0 offensive rebounds per game. They average 44.8 boards per game, second best in the conference.
Scouting Adams State:
- The Grizzlies bring a 2-1 record into conference play with blowout victories over Central Christian College and Johnson & Wales University. They have yet to compete against a D-II opponent. Adams State went 2-23 a year ago with a 1-21 mark in RMAC games.
- CSU-Pueblo leads the all-time series against the Grizzlies 53-27. The Pack has won each of the last 12 meetings by an average of 16.5 points per game.
- Adams leads the RMAC with a .478 field goal percentage. They rank second in the conference hitting 35.9 percent from downtown.
- Stephanie Ruiz leads the Grizzlies scoring attack with 13.5 points per game. Brooke Neal makes 61.5 percent of her shots from the field.
- The Grizzlies rank second in the RMAC with 76.2 points per game. They have used the steal to set up these buckets. Adams State stands second in the RMAC with 11.3 steals 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.