PUEBLO, Colo. (February 23, 2017) – The No. 4/5 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball will try to break its single-season wins record when the ThunderWolves wrap up their regular season with a trip to Western State Colorado University and Colorado Mesa University. The Pack will play the Mountaineers Friday at 5 p.m. before finishing their regular season with a 5:30 p.m. road clash with the Mavericks.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) The Pack clinched its first outright RMAC Championship since 1987-88 with an 80-72 win over Colorado Christian University to reach 25-1. With this win, the Pack also cinched up home court advantage for the RMAC Tournament with their school-record 19th RMAC victory. If they can sweep this weekend, they will set a new school-record with 27 wins, breaking the previous record of 26 from last season.
2) CSU-Pueblo continues to hold the top spot in the NCAA South Central Region rankings. If they can hold this spot until March 5, the Pack will host a NCAA Regional for the first time in school history. They have three less losses than anyone else in the region.
3) Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) went off for the Pack in their win over the Cougars, scoring a career-high 26 points. Long went 6-of-8 from downtown to earn RMAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career. Long faces her former team Western State Friday.
4) Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.)earned her third RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Award this season. Cunningham narrowly missed a triple-double against the Cougars with nine points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. She also added five steals and a block in the win.
5) The ThunderWolves rank sixth in the nation in field goal percentage defense. They limit opponents to 33.9 percent from the field. The Pack has held conference opponents to just 57.2 points per game, the best defensive average in the conference.
- Jaszymn Johnson (Sr., Denver, Colo.)ranks second in the RMAC with an 86.9 percent free throw percentage. Johnson ranks 21st in the nation in free throw percentage. If she can maintain this pace, she would set the CSU-Pueblo record for best free throw percentage in a season.
- Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.)ranks 12th all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 1,036 points. She is two points away from 11th place all-time. Anderson ranks second in the RMAC with 16.6 points per game.
- Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) leads the RMAC with 2.1 blocks per game. She ranks 26th in the nation in rejections per contest. Her 55 total blocks ranks 27th.
- The ThunderWolves rank 20th in the nation with 126 blocked shots. Their 4.8 rejections per game stand 19th.
- Cunningham leads the RMAC with 9.3 rebounds per game. She ranks fourth in the RMAC with 4.1 assists per game. Her 1.8 steals per game ranks second.
Scouting Western State:
- Western State stands 6-18 overall. They have a 5-15 record in RMAC games.
- The Pack leads the all-time series with the Mountaineers 42-27. CSU-Pueblo has won the last the eight meetings between the two teams, including a 63-43 victory Dec. 17 at Massari Arena.
- Western State is the worst offensive team in the RMAC. The Mountaineers average just 51.7 points per game. The Pack held Western State to just 26.3 percent from the field in the first meeting.
- Brianna Wilber leads the Mountaineers with 8.5 points per game. Wilber led the Mountaineers with 10 points in the first meeting between these two teams this season. She also averages a team-best 1.6 assists per game.
Scouting Colorado Mesa:
- Colorado Mesa enters the weekend tied for second in the RMAC with a 15-5 conference record. They own an 18-6 overall record and the No.10 ranking in the South Central region.
- The Mavericks hold a 41-27 edge in the all-time series. CSU-Pueblo has won the last four meetings including a 73-61 win in Massari Arena Dec.16.
- Rohrer scored 27 points in that game vs. Mesa and blocked five shots. She has averaged 19.0 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game in her career against the Mavericks.
- Bryanna Adams leads the RMAC in scoring with 16.8 points per game. Adams is also the top 3-point shooter in the RMAC, making 41.0 percent from downtown and 3.0 3-pointers per game.
After completing their regular season with this two-game road trip, the Pack will open the RMAC Tournament at home Tuesday Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. CSU-Pueblo Men's Basketball will host its RMAC Shootout Quarterfinals game 30 minutes after the completion of the Pack Women's game. Tickets will go on sale at 12 p.m. Feb. 28.
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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.