PUEBLO, Colo. (December 14, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball will face a road test in their final two games before the holiday break when they head to Grand Junction, Colo. for a showdown with Colorado Mesa University Friday at 5:30 p.m. The Pack's four-game road trip continues Saturday at Western State Colorado University at 5 p.m.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) Lauren Heyn (Jr., Loomis, Calif.) earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors. This is the first weekly award of Heyn's career and it was also the Pack's first RMAC Player of the Week of the 2017-18 season. Heyn averaged 12.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game last weekend in wins over New Mexico Highlands University and Westminster College last week.
2) The ThunderWolves are the third-best free throw shooting team in the nation. They make 82.2 percent from the charity stripe. This percentage leads the RMAC by 3.3 percent over their closest competition.
3) Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) enters the weekend six points shy of Tawona Wilson (1988-1992) for sixth place on the Pack's all-time scoring list. Anderson has 1,224 career points. If she scores 36 points this weekend, she will move into the top-five in scoring at CSU-Pueblo.
4) CSU-Pueblo continues to keep opponents quiet from 3-point range. The Pack holds opponents to just 22.8 percent from downtown. They rank eighth in D-II in 3-point defense. Conference opponents have shot just 20.5 percent from deep against the Pack. CSU-Pueblo ranks 39th in overall defense, holding opponents to 57.9 points per game.
5) Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) leads the RMAC in scoring with 15.9 points per game. Rohrer ranks sixth in D-II with 57 free throws made. Her 90.5 free throw percentage ranks second among qualified shooters in the RMAC.
- Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) ranks second in the RMAC with 4.9 assists per game. With eight assists against the Griffins, Cunningham now averages 4.9 assists per game. The Pack's point guard has averaged 5.5 assists per game in RMAC play to lead the conference.
- Anderson has made 169 career 3-pointers, third-most all-time at CSU-Pueblo. She is just six treys away from second place all-time currently owned by Beth Thiebaut (1990-1994).
- Cunningham averages 9.3 rebounds per game and 33.7 minutes per game. Both of these totals place Cunningham third in the RMAC.
- The Pack leads the RMAC in rebounding margin in RMAC play. They have outrebounded conference foes by 8.0 boards per game. With Heyn in the lineup, the Pack has averaged 40.0 rebounds per game and is beating opponents by 21.0 points per game.
- Rohrer ranks second in the RMAC with 1.7 blocks per game. Her 161 career blocks ranks second all-time at CSU-Pueblo. The Pack leads the conference with 4.5 blocks per game during RMAC play.
- Heyn has moved into ninth place all-time in blocks at CSU-Pueblo with 62 career rejections. She is averaging 1.3 blocks per game this season.
Scouting Colorado Mesa:
- The Mavericks bring a 9-1 record into the weekend. They are 3-1 in RMAC play and are receiving votes in the WBCA rankings. Colorado Mesa went 1-1 last week with a 57-51 loss to No. 21 Fort Lewis last Friday.
- CSU-Pueblo trails the Mavericks 42-28 in the all-time series. The two teams split last year's series with each team winning at home.
- Colorado Mesa will test the Pack's 3-point defense. The Mavericks lead the RMAC with 37.4 percent clip from downtown. They rank 21st in D-II in 3-point percentage. The Mavericks also defend the 3-point shot well, limiting opponents to 23.5 percent from downtown second in the RMAC and 13th in D-II.
- Jaylyn Duran and Erin Reichle are a 1-2 punch for the Mavericks offense, averaging 14.4 points per game and 14.2 points per game respectively. Duran leads the RMAC with 3.2 3-pointers per game. Her 32 triples ranks eighth in D-II.
- The Mavericks average 19.0 assists per game, most in the RMAC. Colorado Mesa ranks second in the conference in scoring offense with 67.9 points per game.
- Ma'ata Epenisa leads the RMAC in field goal percentage, making 55.8 percent of her shots from the field. Epenisa is the Mavericks leading blocker with 0.7 blocks per game.
Scouting Western State:
- The Mountaineers enter the weekend with a 4-6 record overall. They stand 1-3 in RMAC play. Western State's lone RMAC win came last Friday with a 67-53 over Adams State University.
- The ThunderWolves lead the all-time series with Western State 43-27. The Pack has won each of the last nine meetings. CSU-Pueblo has beaten Western State by 19.2 points per game over this span. They have won the last five meetings by at least 20 points.
- Tammarrah Gothard leads the RMAC with 3.0 steals per game. She ranks 20th in D-II in steals per game. Gothard has averaged 3.3 steals per game in RMAC play.
- Katie Dalton has scored on 60.0 percent of her field goal attempts in conference play. She leads the RMAC in field goal percentage over the last two weeks. Dalton leads the Mountaineers with 10.5 points per game and a 49.5 field goal percentage.
- The Mountaineers rank 14th in the RMAC with a 64.8 free throw percentage. They are 13th in 3-point field goals made per game, making 3.6 treys per game.