PUEBLO, Colo. (January 4, 2018) – After a month away from Massari Arena, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball returns home to play South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Friday. The Pack will then face Black Hills State University for the second time in eight days Saturday. Both games start at 5:30 p.m.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) The Pack posted a perfect 7-0 record in December. The ThunderWolves have not lost a game in December since 2014. CSU-Pueblo is 30-1 in December over the last five seasons. They are 30-14 in January over the last five seasons.
2) With 1,251 career points, Tuileisu Anderson is just eight points away from tying Mary Rehfeld for fifth place on CSU-Pueblo's all-time scoring list. With nine points, Anderson will move into sole possession of fifth place all-time at CSU-Pueblo.
3) Lauren Heyn and Katie Cunningham had the Pack's first double-doubles of the season in Saturday's win over Black Hills State. Heyn led the way with 12 points and 12 rebounds. She scored 10 points and hauled in six rebounds in the fourth quarter. Cunningham totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds.
4) Molly Rohrer became the 12th student-athlete in CSU-Pueblo history to score 1,100 career points after dropping 14 points against the Yellow Jackets. With 31 points Rohrer (1,111 career points) would match CSU-Pueblo Hall of Famer Lisa (Knafelc) Osleson. Rohrer ranks second in the RMAC with 15.5 points per game.
5) CSU-Pueblo has won their seven RMAC games by an average of 16.3 points per game, the best scoring margin of any RMAC team. The ThunderWolves have been the best shooting team in RMAC play, hitting 44.1 percent from the field.
- The Pack ranks 13th in D-II in free throw percentage. They knock down 79.2 percent from the stripe. The ThunderWolves are the RMAC's top free throw shooting team, leading Fort Lewis by 1.2 percent.
- Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) 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 (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) ranks second in the RMAC with 5.1 assists per game. Her 5.7 assists per game during RMAC play leads the conference. With 4.25 dimes per game for career, Cunningham has the third-highest assist average in school history. She ranks 22nd in D-II in assist to turnover ratio (2.35). Cunningham ranks third in the RMAC in assist to turnover ratio.
- Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Villahe, Colo.) ranks second in the RMAC in free throw percentage, hitting 88.4 percent at the line. Rohrer's 61 free throws made ranks 24th in D-II.
- Heyn (Jr., Loomis, Calif.) has made 55.3 percent from the field during conference play, the second-highest field goal percentage in the RMAC over that span. Her 7.6 rebounds per game during RMAC play ranks eighth.
- Cunningham ranks second in the RMAC with 9.7 rebounds per game. With 9.3 rebounds per game for her career, Cunningham owns the fifth-best rebounding average in school history.
- The ThunderWolves have been the 16th stingiest 3-point defense in the nation, holding foes to 25.0 percent from downtown. Friday's game vs. the Hardrockers will be the Pack's third vs. a top 25 3-point shooting team.
- Jennah Knafelc (Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) ranks third in the RMAC in 3-point percentage. Knafelc hits 45.7 percent from downtown. Knafelc ranks fifth in RMAC play with 2.1 steals per game.
Scouting South Dakota Mines:
- The Hardrockers bring a 9-4 record and a two-game winning streak into the weekend. They hold a 4-3 mark in RMAC play. All three losses have come against teams with a winning RMAC record.
- CSU-Pueblo leads the all-time series against the Hardrockers 3-1. The Pack won both meetings last season, knocking off South Dakota Mines in a 66-64 barn burner in Rapid City, S.D. The ThunderWolves would also end the Hardrockers season last year with a 69-65 win in the RMAC Tournament at Massari Arena.
- South Dakota Mines is the RMAC's best 3-point shooting team, making 37.5 percent from downtown. They rank 21st in D-II in accuracy from downtown. Their 9.1 3-pointers per game places them 12th in the nation and also leads the RMAC.
- Sami Steffeck ranks second in the RMAC by making 45.9 percent from downtown. Her 2.8 3-pointers also ranks second. Steffeck leads the Hardrockers with 11.7 points per game.
Scouting Black Hills State:
- The Yellow Jackets enter the New Year with a 10-3 overall record. Black Hills State currently owns a 4-3 mark in RMAC games.
- CSU-Pueblo leads the all-time series with Black Hills State 8-4. The ThunderWolves knocked off Black Hills State 60-49 in their most recent game Saturday. The Pack swept the Yellow Jackets last season.
- Black Hills State ranks second in the nation in defense. They hold opponents to 50.8 points per game. The Yellow Jackets rank 14th in D-II in scoring margin, defeating opponents by an average of 21.6 points per game.
- Rachel Erickson averages 13.2 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.
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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.