COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 18, 2017) – After leading Colorado State University-Pueblo to a pair of wins last weekend, Taylor Long earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) led CSU-Pueblo to road wins over Colorado Mesa University and Western State Colorado University. The senior averaged 15.5 points per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the field. She sank 62.5 percent from downtown. The guard knocked down 6-of-6 at the free throw line.
Facing a then 9-1 Mavericks team in hostile territory, Long drained three 3-pointers in just 23 minutes on her way to a 15 point night. With the Pack trailing for the first time all game, 46-45 in the waning seconds of the third quarter, Long hit a 25 foot buzzer beater that brought the lead and momentum back to the Pack. They would never trail again on their way to a 67-60 win.
Long hit 6-of-8 from the field and had two rebounds in the win. Defensively, Long delivered a steal.
Competing against her former team Saturday night, Long delivered 16 points and two more 3-pointers to guide the Pack to a 69-57 win over the Mountaineers. Long swished a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. She also handed out four assists and grabbed five rebounds.
For Long, this is her second career RMAC Offensive Player of the Week honor. She last earned this award Feb. 20, 2017.
Thanks to Long's efforts this weekend, the Pack is the only unbeaten team left in RMAC play at 6-0. CSU-Pueblo stands 8-4 overall.
Long and the rest of the Pack will enjoy a two-week holiday break. They return to the court Dec. 30 when they play Black Hills State University at 4 p.m.
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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.