PUEBLO, Colo. (December 29, 2016) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball returns from its holiday break to wrap up its four game homstand Friday night when they play Black Hills State University at 5:30 p.m.
It will be Fan Appreciation night at Massari Arena. All fans will receive free admission to Friday's Men's and women's basketball games.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) The ThunderWolves are 12-0 for the first time in school history after defeating Western State 63-43 in their last game Dec.17 to set a program record for the best start in school history. Their current 12 game winning streak is also the longest in school history.
2) Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) leads the RMAC in scoring. She averages 18.6 points per game, over a point per game better than anyone else in the RMAC. Her average ranks 33rd in the nation. Anderson also leads the RMAC with 3.3 three-pointers per game. Her 39 three-pointers this season ranks seventh in the nation.
3) Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) is the RMAC's best rebounder, collecting 9.5 boards per game. She averages 1.3 rebounds per game more than anyone else in the conference. Cunningham ranks second in the conference in assists per game (4.8). Her 2.0 steals per game stands third in the conference.
4) The Pack stayed at No. 9 in the WBCA D-II poll for the third week in a row. They are one of just 12 unbeaten teams left in Division II. The Pack's 12 wins ranks third most in D-II.
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 29.2 percent shooting. They are limiting RMAC opponents to just 51.2 points per game, the RMAC's best average by 3.5 points per game. The Pack also has a RMAC-Best 9.3 steals per game in conference play.
- CSU-Pueblo has the RMAC's best offense, scoring 74.8 points per game, over three points per game more than any other team in the conference. They have beaten their opponents by 15.1 points per game, the 36th best scoring margin in the country.
- Molly Rohrer leads the RMAC in blocks per game. She swats 2.5 shots per game. Rohrer blocks one shot per game more than anyone else in the RMAC. Her 2.5 blocks per game ranks 11th nationally. Rohrer's 30 blocks ranks sixth in D-II. She is also ninth in free throw percentage (84.3).
- Offensively, Rohrer ranks fourth in the RMAC in scoring with 14.6 points per game. She also stands fifth in the conference in field goal percentage, making 52.4 percent of her shots from the field.
- The ThunderWolves are the best shooting team in the conference, making 43.4 percent of their shots from the field. They are the second-best three-point shooting team in the RMAC, draining 35.4 percent from downtown.
- CSU-Pueblo ranks 15th nationally in free throw percentage. The ThunderWolves make 77.3 percent from the charity stripe. Five ThunderWolves shoot 80 percent or better at the line. (Cunningham, Jaszymn Johnson (Sr., Denver, Colo.), Angie Moore (Sr., Katy, Texas), Rohrer, and Taylor Long (Jr. Moreno Valley, Calif.).
Scouting Black Hills State:
- The Yellow Jackets stand 2-8 overall. They have a 2-4 record in RMAC games. They won their most recent game against Chadron State 79-48.
- CSU-Pueblo leads the all-time series against Black Hills State 7-3 The two teams split the two meetings last season. CSU-Pueblo won 65-64 in overtime at Massari Arena in their last home meeting with the Yellow Jackets.
- Black Hills State leads the RMAC with 9.3 steals per game. They also rank second in the conference in turnover margin (+0.60).
- Cheyenne Balster ranks seventh in the RMAC in field goal percentage, making 47.2 percent of her shots from the field. Balster also has a presence defensively with 1.1 blocks per game, eighth most in the RMAC.
- The Yellow Jackets are the worst 3-point shooting team in the conference, making just 25.0 percent from downtown. Black Hills State also has the worst 3-point shooting defense in the conference. They allow opponents to make 38.6 percent from beyond the arc.
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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