PUEBLO, Colo. (January 9, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball will look for its second consecutive 10-0 start to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play when the Pack visits Metro State University Denver at 5 p.m. The ThunderWolves will then look for some points in the Steel & Silver Trophy series when they face rival University of Colorado Colorado Springs on the road Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) Facing the top two offenses in the RMAC last week, the Pack shutdown South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Black Hills State University surrendering an average of 46.0 points per game. The two teams averaged over 72 points per game entering the weekend. The Pack dominated the Hardrockers 71-45 Friday before bouncing the Yellow Jackets 58-47 Saturday.
2) Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Monday. Cunningham claimed the honor with 12.0 rebounds per game and 3.0 steals per game. She also had 6.0 assists per game. For Cunningham this is her fourth RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Award of her career and first of the season.
3) Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) became the fifth-leading scorer in school history with 12 points Friday vs. the HardRockers. Anderson moved into second place all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 177 career 3-pointers Saturday in the Pack's win over BHSU. She is 38 3-pointers away from tying the all-time record of 215 set by Mary Rehfeld (2005-09).
4) The Pack ranks fifth in D-II in 3-point defense, holding opponents to just 24.2 percent from downtown. CSU-Pueblo allowed the Yellow Jackets to make just 13.3 percent from deep (2-for-15). The ThunderWolves own the nation's 19th ranked defense overall, limiting opponents to 55.8 points per game.
5) ) Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) had six blocks vs. Black Hills State, the third-highest single-game total in school history. It was also Rohrer's highest-blocking total of the season. Rohrer is tied for the RMAC lead with 2.1 blocks per game (27th in D-II) and 32 total blocks. She now has 176 career rejections, exactly 21 blocks shy of Katie Nehf's school record (197).
- Cunningham leads the RMAC with 5.2 assists per game. She ranks 32nd in D-II in assists per game. Her 4.3 career assists per game ranks third all-time at CSU-Pueblo. Cunningham's
- With 1,139 career points, Rohrer enters the weekend four points away from passing Lisa Osleson (Knafelc) for 11th all-time at CSU-Pueblo. A CSU-Pueblo Hall of Famer Osleson is the mother of Rohrer's teammate Jennah Knafelc
- The Pack ranks 12th in D-II in free throw percentage. They knock down 79.2 percent from the stripe. The ThunderWolves are the RMAC's top free throw shooting team, leading Fort Lewis by 1.6 percent.
- Rohrer ranks second in the RMAC in free throw percentage, hitting 86.3 percent at the line. Rohrer's 69 free throws made ranks 31st in D-II.
- Knafelc (Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) ranks third in the RMAC in 3-point percentage. The UCCS transfer sinks 44.8 percent from downtown. Knafelc ranks fifth in RMAC play with 2.1 steals per game.
- Cunningham ranks second in the RMAC with 10.0 rebounds per game. With 9.5 rebounds per game for her career, Cunningham owns the fourth-best rebounding average in school history. Cunningham leads the RMAC wit 10.4 rebounds per game during RMAC play.
- The ThunderWolves have held RMAC foes to just 51.8 points per game, the lowest average in the conference. They also limit RMAC opponents to a conference-low 32.0 percent from the field. CSU-Pueblo's 43.5 percent field goal percentage during RMAC play also tops the conference.
- Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) ranks sixth in the RMAC with an 85.4 free throw percentage. Anderson's 83.1 percent success rate at the line is good for seventh in the conference. Anderson went 14-for-14 at the line last week.
- CSU-Pueblo has beaten RMAC opponents by an average of 16.2 points per game. The Pack has averaged 68.7 points per game during conference play, second best in the RMAC
Scouting MSU Denver
- The Roadrunners bring a 6-3 RMAC record into the weekend. They are 10-5 overall. MSU Denver went 1-1 last week, losing to Fort Lewis College Friday, before beating Adams State Saturday.
- MSU Denver leads the RMAC with a +8.5 rebounding margin. Their 42.7 rebounds per game ranks second.
- Georgia Ohrdorf leads the Roadrunners with 13.0 points per game. Ohrdorf ranks second in the RMAC with a 54.0 field goal percentage.
- Jaelynn Smith ranks second in the RMAC with 4.9 assists per game. Smith averages 1.7 steals per game.
- The Mountain Lions stand 3-11 overall. All three wins have come in RMAC play, giving them a 3-6 RMAC record. Like MSU Denver, they beat the Grizzlies and lost to the Skyhawks last week.
- UCCS struggles offensively, averaging just 53.0 points per game. They are 14th offensively in the RMAC. They have a -13.4 scoring margin, also 14th in the RMAC.
- Shanah Leaf leads the Mountain Lions with 10.4 points per game.
- UCCS averages 5.21 steals per game, worst in the RMAC. Their -3.43 turnover margin ranks 13th in the conference.
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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.