Pack women return home to tangle with Griffins

Pack women return home to tangle with Griffins

PUEBLO, Colo. (December 9, 2016)    After a 3-0 road trip, the No.9/11 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball returns home to battle Westminster College Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Massari Arena. The Pack will be looking for its 600th win all-time against the Griffins.

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The Pack leads the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with a 9-0 record. CSU-Pueblo has a 3-0 record in RMAC games.

The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines

1) Jim Turgeon earned his 350th career win Tuesday when the Pack defeated New Mexico Highlands 73-48. The Pack led by as many as 44 points in that game before pulling their starters. Turgeon has a record of 35-6 at CSU-Pueblo. His .853 winning percentage is better than the previous best for a Pack coach through 41 games, .585 set by Kip Drown.

2. The Pack cracked the top 10 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll, jumping from No. 12 to No.9. The Pack debuted in the poll for the first time in school history three weeks ago at No.17. Their 9-0 start leaves the Pack as one just 13 unbeaten teams remaining in D-II.

3) Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) leads the RMAC in scoring with 18.0 points per game. She ranks 45th in the country in scoring average. Anderson also stands 22nd in D-II in 3-pointers per game (3.1). The junior ranks 17th in the country with 29 3-pointers on the season.

4) CSU-Pueblo ranks 16th in the nation in free throw percentage. The Pack has swished 77.2 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe. Jaszymn Johnson (Sr., Denver, Colo.) and Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) stand tied for fourth place in the RMAC with a 90.9 percent free throw percentage. Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) ranks fifth in the conference with an 87.5 percentage at the line.

5) The Pack owns the RMAC's best offense, scoring 77.2 points per game. They rank 38th nationally in scoring average. CSU-Pueblo has beaten opponents by an average of 15.1 points per game, 35th best in the nation. They have beaten RMAC opponents by an average of 21.3 points per game.

- Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) leads the RMAC with 2.7 blocks per game. She ranks 14th in the nation in blocks per game. Rohrer ranks seventh in the country in total blocks with 24 rejections . 

- Offensively Rohrer ranks fourth in the RMAC with 14.7 points per game. Her .543 field goal percentage places her fifth in the conference.

- Cunningham leads the RMAC in rebounding, grabbing 9.2 boards per game. Cunningham's average stands 1.8 rebounds per game better than anyone else in the conference. She also ranks second in the RMAC with 4.8 assists per game. Cunningham's 2.3 steals per game ranks third in the RMAC.

- CSU-Pueblo leads the RMAC in field goal percentage, making 43.6 percent of their shots from the field. The ThunderWolves also lead the conference in blocks per game (4.7) and assists per game (16.3). CSU-Pueblo ranks 31st in the country in blocks per game.

- The ThunderWolves has started 9-0 for the first time since 1975-76. The 1975-76 team began the season 11-0.

Scouting Westminster:

- The Griffins bring a 3-3 (1-1 RMAC)record into the weekend. They will play New Mexico Highlands Friday before making the trip to southern Colorado. Saturday's game will be Westminster's first visit to Massari Arena

- Westminster and CSU-Pueblo have met just once and it came last season in Salt Lake City, Utah. The ThunderWolves won that game 66-62.

- The Griffins lead the RMAC with a .843 free throw percentage. They rank fourth in the nation in shooting percentage from the line.

- Sydnee Taylor ranks eighth in the RMAC with 13.0 points per game. She ranks 10th in the RMAC, making 40.7 percent of her 3-pointers.

- Denise Gonzalez averages 2.5 steals per game. Gonzalez ranks second in the RMAC in steals per game.

Fans can attend the Pack's game with Westminster and CSU-Pueblo's following five home games for just $15 with the Santa Six Pack. Individual adults can enjoy the 12 games of Christmas with six Pack women's basketball games and Pack men's basketball games for $15 with an adult individual ticket or $20 for a family four pack.

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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