PUEBLO, Colo. (January 15, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball looks to rebound from a pair of road losses last weekend when they host Colorado Christian University Tuesday in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference contest at 5:30 p.m. at Massari Arena.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) CSU-Pueblo is coming off two losses for the second time this season. The last time came at the end of the nonconference season Nov. 24-25. In the game that followed, the ThunderWolves defeated No. 11 Fort Lewis 63-48.
2) Katie Cunningham totaled 17 rebounds in the two games last weekend and is averaging 9.8 boards per contest to rank second in the RMAC. The point guard has seven double-digit rebounding efforts this season, which includes 12 Friday against MSU Denver. She ranks 13th nationally in defensive rebounds per game with 8.0.
3) The ThunderWolves lead the league and rank 12th nationally in free throw percentage, shooting at a 78.8 percent clip. Molly Rohrer's 86.7 free throw percentage ranks first in the RMAC, while Tuileisu Anderson is hitting on 81.8 percent of her attempts from the line to rank fifth in the RMAC.
4) The Pack ranks 11th in D-II in 3-point defense, holding opponents to just 25.4 percent from downtown. The ThunderWolves own the nation's 30th ranked defense overall, limiting opponents to 58.0 points per game.
5) Molly Rohrer is second in the RMAC lead with 1.9 blocks/game (47 in D-II) and 32 total blocks. She has 176 career rejections, 21 blocks shy of the school record (197).
The Pack Files
- Cunningham is second in the RMAC with 4.9 assists per game (41st in D-II). Her 4.3 career assists per game ranks third all-time at CSU-Pueblo.
- With 1,166 career points, Rohrer has passed Lisa Osleson for 11th all-time at CSU-Pueblo. A CSU-Pueblo Hall of Famer Osleson is the mother of Rohrer's teammate Jennah Knafelc. Rohrer is 20 points shy from moving into the top 10.
- The Pack ranks 12th in D-II in free throw percentage. They knock down 78.8 percent from the stripe. The ThunderWolves are the RMAC's top free throw shooting team, leading Fort Lewis by 2.0 percent.
- Rohrer ranks second in the RMAC in free throw percentage, hitting 86.7 percent at the line. Rohrer's 78 free throws made ranks 24th in D-II.
- Knafelc leads the team in 3-point percentage (min 1.0 made/g), as she sinks 42.6% from downtown. Knafelc ranks 10th in RMAC play with 1.7 steals per game.
- Cunningham ranks second in the RMAC with 9.8 rebounds/game. With 9.4 rebounds/game for her career, Cunningham is tied for the fourth-best rebounding average in school history. Cunningham leads the RMAC wit 10.0 rebounds/game during RMAC play.
- The ThunderWolves have held RMAC foes to just 56.0 points per game to rank third in the conference. They also limit RMAC opponents to 34.3 percent from the field, which is second. CSU-Pueblo's 43.1 percent field goal percentage during RMAC play is tops in the conference.
- Tuileisu Anderson's 81.8 percent success rate at the line is good for sixth in the conference. Anderson is 28-for-32 (87.5%) at the line in her last four games.
- CSU-Pueblo has beaten RMAC opponents by an average of 12.3 points per game, which is a league best. The Pack has averaged 68.3 points per game during conference play, good for second best in the RMAC
Scouting Colorado Christian:
- The Cougars are 5-10 overall with a 3-7 RMAC record. CCU is 2-2 in its last four games, which includes going 1-1 on the road last weekend at Western (W, 58-57) and Colorado Mesa (L, 48-46).
- MSU Denver leads the RMAC with a +8.5 rebounding margin. Their 42.7 rebounds per game ranks second.
- CCU leads the league in blocked shots with 3.9 swats per game. Jordan Baer sits third in the RMAC in blocked shots (21) and blocks per game (1.4).
- Baer leads the team in scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounding (6.3 rpg) and assists (2.7 apg). Haley Shaner adds 11.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game with a team-high 21 3-pointers made.
- Last season the Pack scored 80 points in both meetings with the Cougars. The ThunderWolves won 80-61 at CCU, then came home and won 80-72.
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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.