COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 20, 2017) – For the third time this season, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball swept Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors. Taylor Long earned RMAC Offensive Player of the week while Katie Cunningham earned RMAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) earned her first career RMAC Player of the Week award thanks to a 26-point outburst Saturday. She went 8-for-11 from the field to claim Offensive Player of the Week honors. Long also sank 6-of-8 from downtown as she set a season-high with 26 points, 11 more than her previous best with the Pack.
With the Pack down five in the third quarter against Colorado Christian University, Long took charge scoring 20 of her 26 points in the second half to lead the Pack to an 80-72 win over the Cougars and their first outright RMAC Regular Season Championship in 29 years.
Defensively, Long added four rebounds and four steals. She went 4-for-4 at the free throw line as well.
Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) took home her third RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Award thanks to another dominating performance against the Cougars. The Grandview High School alum narrowly missed a triple double with nine points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists.
In the win, Cunningham set a career-high with five steals. Cunningham also swatted a Cougar shot to help the Pack take home a conference title.
Cunningham continues to lead the RMAC in rebounding with 9.3 boards per game. With 47 total steals, Cunningham sits tied for second in the RMAC. Her 1.8 steals per game places her second in the conference.
As a team, CSU-Pueblo has earned 13 RMAC Player of the Week Awards in 14 weeks. This is the most in the conference by far as the next closest team has three RMAC of the Week Awards. Cunningham, Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.), and Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) all have three or more (Rohrer has six) this season.
The ThunderWolves will finish the regular season with a two game road trip that starts Friday Feb. 24 at Western State Colorado University at 5 p.m. CSU-Pueblo wraps up its regular season with a visit to Colorado Mesa University Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
With the RMAC Championship locked up, the Pack will open the RMAC Tournament at home Tuesday Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. The Pack Men's Basketball team will also host a First Round game that night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this doubleheader will go on sale that day at 12 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.