Cunningham claims RMAC Defensive Player of the Week honors

Cunningham claims RMAC Defensive Player of the Week honors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 8, 2018) The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced Monday that Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball point guard Katie Cunningham earned the RMAC's Defensive Player of the Week award.

Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) led the Pack to double-digit victories over South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Black Hills State University. She averaged 12.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game. Offensively, Cunningham chipped in 6.5 points and 6.0 assists per game.

The senior finished one rebound shy of a double-double in the Pack's 71-45 win over the Hardrockers Friday night. Cunningham corralled nine rebounds and scored 11 points. She was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and handed out six assists to facilitate the Pack's offense. Cunningham tallied four steals as the Pack forced 18 Hardrocker turnovers.

Saturday night, Cunningham sparked the Pack's 58-47 win over Black Hills State. She matched her season-high with 15 rebounds, 14 of these boards came on the defensive end. Cunningham collected two more steals and dished out six more helpers as the Pack beat the Yellow Jackets for the second time in eight days.

Cunningham leads the RMAC with 5.2 assists per game. Her 10.0 rebounds per game ranks second. Cunningham has averaged a RMAC-best 10.4 rebounds per game and 5.8 assists per game during conference play.

For Cunningham, Monday's honor was her fourth RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Award of her career and her first of 2017-18. Cunningham becomes the third Pack student-athlete to earn RMAC Player of the Week honors this season. Lauren Heyn (Jr., Loomis, Calif.) seized RMAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades Dec. 11 and Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) earned RMAC Offensive Player of the Week honors the following week.

Facing the RMAC's top two offenses, the Pack held both the Hardrockers and Yellow Jackets to 25 points below their season average. The Pack has the fourth-best three point defense in the nation, limiting opponents to 24.2 percent shooting from downtown. CSU-Pueblo's defense ranks 18th nationally, surrendering just 55.8 points per game.

Cunningham and the Pack's defense will travel to Metro State University Denver Friday for a 5 p.m. showdown with the Roadrunners. The ThunderWolves will face Steel & Silver Trophy rival University of Colorado Colorado Springs Saturday at 5:30 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.