PUEBLO, Colo. (December 29, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball battles Black Hills State University in their first game after the holiday break Saturday at 4 p.m.in Spearfish, S.D. The Pack went into the holidays 6-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play and leading the RMAC by one game and the Yellow Jackets by two games.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, Dec. 18. Long led the Pack to victories over Colorado Mesa and Western State with 15.5 points per game. She made 55.6 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from downtown. This is the second RMAC Player of the Week Award of Long's career.
2) With 1,243 career points, Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) ranks sixth all-time at CSU-Pueblo, moving into sixth with a 16-point outing against Colorado Mesa. With another 16-point game, Anderson will move into fifth place at CSU-Pueblo. Mary Rehfeld currently ranks fifth with 1,259 career points.
3) The Pack ranks eighth in D-II in free throw percentage, making 80.5 percent at the charity stripe. The ThunderWolves are the best free throw shooting team in the RMAC. They lead the rest of the conference by 3.2 percent at the line.
4) CSU-Pueblo has won their six RMAC games by an average of 17.2 points per game, the best scoring margin of any RMAC team. The ThunderWolves have been the best shooting team in RMAC play, hitting 44.9 percent from the field.
5) Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) leads the RMAC with 6.0 assists per game during RMAC play. Her 5.2 assists per game overall ranks second in the conference. Cunningham has dished out eight assists in each of her last two games.
- Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.)ranks second in the RMAC in scoring, averaging 15.6 points per game. Rohrer enters the weekend three points shy of 1,100 for her career. Her 1,097 career points ranks 12th all-time at CSU-Pueblo.
- Anderson has made 173 career 3-pointers, third-most all-time at CSU-Pueblo. With just three triples Anderson would move into second place all-time currently owned by Beth Thiebaut (1990-1994).
- Cunningham averages 9.5 rebounds per game, second-most in the RMAC. Her 34.4 minutes per game places her third in the conference.
- Rohrer ranks second in the RMAC in free throw percentage, knocking down 88.1 percent at the charity stripe. Rohrer's 59 free throws made ranks 17th in D-II.
- The Pack has been the best 3-point shooting team in RMAC play, making 39.8 % from downtown. They limit opponents to just 24.6 % from 3-point range overall. CSU-Pueblo boasts the nation's 13th strongest 3-point defense.
- Jennah Knafelc (Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) ranks third in the RMAC in 3-point percentage. Knafelc hits 47.6 percent from downtown.
- Over her last four games, Lauren Heyn (Jr., Loomis, Calif.) has averaged 8.75 rebounds per game. With Heyn in the lineup, the Pack has averaged 40.5 rebounds per game and is +7.3 in rebounding margin. Without Heyn, the Pack mustered 36.2 boards per game and was outrebounded by 5.7 rebounds per game.
Scouting Black Hills State:
- The Yellow Jackets enter the holiday break with a 10-2 overall record. Black Hills State currently owns a 4-2 mark in RMAC games.
- CSU-Pueblo leads the all-time series with Black Hills State 7-4. The Pack swept the Yellow Jackets last season. They defeated the Yellow Jackets in the last road meeting 88-87 in overtime.
- Black Hills State leads the nation in defense. They hold opponents to 50.1 points per game. The Yellow Jackets rank eighth in D-II in scoring margin, defeating opponents by an average of 24.3 points per game.
- Rachel Erickson averages 13.6 points per game, most of any Black Hills State player. She also leads the Yellow Jackets with 1.7 steals per game and 2.5 assists per game.
- The Yellow Jackets lead the RMAC with 74.4 points per game. They make a conference-best 44.7 percent from the field. Black Hills State averages a RMAC-best 12.8 steals 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.