PUEBLO, Colo. (December 15, 2016) – Ranked No. 9 in the nation, the Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball will continue its four-game holiday homestand with a showdown with Colorado Mesa University for first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Friday at Massari Arena. The Pack will also play Western State Colorado University at home Saturday. Both games will tip off at 5:30 p.m.
CSU-Pueblo stands 10-0 for the first time since 1975-76. They have a chance to match the best start ever in school history with a win over the Mavericks. The ThunderWolves are 4-0 in RMAC games.
This weekend's games will also be a toy drive at Massari Arena. Fans who bring an unopened toy to Massari Arena will receive free admission to that night's Pack Women's Basketball and Pack Men's Basketball games. The toys will be taken to Pueblo area Foster children.
The "Starting Five" – CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) The Pack remained No. 9 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association D-II poll for the second week in a row. CSU-Pueblo moved up one spot to No. 10 in the D-II Sports Information Directors Association poll. They are one of just 12 unbeaten teams left in Division II.
2) Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) earned her second RMAC Offensive Player of the Week Award of the season Monday. Anderson scored 48 points in 46 minutes last week including a career-high 30 points vs. Westminster College Saturday. She leads the RMAC with 19.2 points per game, 4.1 points more than her closest competition. Anderson stands 27th nationally in scoring average.
3) Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) received RMAC Defensive Player of the Week as the Pack swept the conference awards this week. Cunningham leads the RMAC with 9.5 rebounds per game. She pulled down 12 rebounds in the win over the Griffins. She had a career-best four steals in the Pack's win over New Mexico Highlands University. Pack players have earned RMAC Defensive Player of the Week honors in four of the five weeks this season.
4) The Pack owns the RMAC's best offense, scoring 76.2 points per game. They rank 42nd nationally in scoring average. CSU-Pueblo has beaten opponents by an average of 14.9 points per game, 37th best in the nation.
5) Since the start of conference play, the Pack has the best field goal percentage defense in the RMAC. The Pack has limited conference opponents to just 28.4 percent shooting, four percent better than anyone else in the RMAC.
- The Pack has outscored opponents by 187-116 in the second quarter. They average 7.1 points per game more than their opponents in the second quarter.
- Anderson ranks ninth in the country with 35 three-pointers. Her 3.5 triples per game leads the conference and is 11th most in the country. Anderson is also eighth in the RMAC in field goal percentage (.471) and third in 3-point percentage (.438).
- In addition to leading the conference in rebounding, Cunningham ranks second in the conference with 4.7 assists per game. She stands third in the RMAC with 2.1 steals per game.
- CSU-Pueblo ranks second in the RMAC with a +19.5 scoring margin in conference games. This number is somewhat misleading, however, as the Pack has led conference opponents by average 26.75 points for the first three quarters.
- The Pack has been the conference's top rebounding team through RMAC play. CSU-Pueblo averaged 10.2 rebounds per game more than their conference opponents.
Scouting Colorado Mesa:
- Colorado Mesa brings a 4-0 RMAC record into the weekend, making Friday night's game a battle for first place in the conference. They are 7-1 overall.
- The Mavericks hold a 41-26 edge in the all-time series. CSU-Pueblo has won the last three meetings.
- Bryanna Adams ranks second in the RMAC in scoring averaging 15.1 points per game. Adams stands fifth in the RMAC, making 41.5 percent of her shots from downtown.
- Colorado Mesa is the conference's worst free throw shooting team, making just 62.7 percent at the line. They lead the RMAC rebounding, pulling down 45.6 boards per game. They also limit opponents to 54.9 points per game, the best defense in the conference.
Scouting Western State:
- Western State stands 2-6 overall. They have a1-3 record in RMAC games.
- The Pack leads the all-time series with the Mountaineers 41-27. CSU-Pueblo has won the last the seven meetings between the two teams.
- Western State is the worst offensive team in the RMAC. The Mountaineers average just 48.2 points per game. They shoot just .329 from the field, which ranks them 14th in the RMAC.
- Harlie Williams ranks sixth in the RMAC with 1.8 steals per game. Williams also ranks fifth in the RMAC with 2.5 three-pointers per game.
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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