PUEBLO, Colo. (February 1, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball will look to increase its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference lead when the Pack hits the road to tangle with Adams State University Friday and No. 23 Fort Lewis College Saturday. Both games tip off at 5:30 p.m.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) At 15-6, the ThunderWolves are receiving votes in the D-II Sports Information Directors of America poll. They lead the RMAC with a 13-2 record in conference play. Entering the weekend, the Pack holds a two-game lead over Black Hills State and Fort Lewis. If the ThunderWolves defeat the Skyhawks Saturday, they would hold a three -game lead in the RMAC standings due to tiebreakers.
2) Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) earned the RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Award with 9.5 rebounds per game and 3.0 steals per game to lead the Pack to wins over Chadron State and Regis last week. The award was Cunningham's second of the season and fifth of her career.
3) The ThunderWolves rank 17th in D-II in scoring defense, limiting teams to just 56.6 points per game. Opponents have made just 25.5 percent from downtown against the Pack, the eighth best 3-point defensive percentage in the nation and the best 3-point defense in the RMAC. They hold opponents to just 35.1 percent from the field, 19th best in D-II.
4) Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) enters the weekend with 1,367 career points, tying her with Annette Smith for fourth-most all-time at CSU-Pueblo. Her first bucket of the weekend will move her into sole possession of fourth place. She is 60 points away from moving into the top three. Anderson averages 12.0 points per game and 17.0 ppg over her last three contests.
5) Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.), as just a junior, became the eighth Pack player to reach 1,200 career points. With 1,208 career points, Rohrer needs 23 points to pass Tawona Wilson for seventh on the all-time scoring list at CSU-Pueblo. Rohrer ranks sixth in the RMAC with 14.2 points per game.
- CSU-Pueblo makes 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The ThunderWolves lead the RMAC in free throw percentage and rank 20h in D-II. Taylor Long ranks second in the RMAC (87.0%). Rohrer ranks third (85.3%).
- Cunningham ranks second in the RMAC with 9.6 rebounds per game. Her 9.4 rebounds per game for her career ties her for the fourth-best average in program history with Laurel Kearsey. Cunningham leads the RMAC with 9.7 rebounds per game during RMAC play. With 487 career boards, she is 14 rebounds away from entering the top 15 at CSU-Pueblo.
- Jennah Knafelc makes 45.3 percent from beyond the arc. Knafelc's 3-point percentage stands four percent better than the single-season record set by Tanya Bishop in 1995-96.
- Rohrer leads the RMAC with 1.9 blocks per game. With 184 career rejections, Rohrer is 13 blocks away from tying Katie Nehf's school record with 197 blocks. Her 2.2 blocks per game for her career is the best in school history.
- Lauren Heyn ranks fifth in the RMAC in field goal percentage. Heyn makes 55.0 percent from range. She is averaging a career-best 10.1 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. Heyn is also seventh all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 73 blocks.
- Cunningham ranks third in the RMAC with 4.7 assists per game. Her 4.2 career assists per game ranks third all-time at CSU-Pueblo. Cunningham's 2.0 assist/turnover ratio places her fourth in the RMAC.With 220 career helpers,she is eight assists away from entering the top 10 all-time at CSU-Pueblo.
- The Pack has beaten RMAC opponents by an average 12.9 points per game. This average leads the conference by 3.0 points per game. CSU-Pueblo also leads the RMAC with 4.33 blocks per game during RMAC play.
Scouting Adams State:
- The Grizzlies bring a 4-13 record into the weekend. They are 2-13 in RMAC play. Adams State has lost their last two games by 21.5 ppg.
- CSU-Pueblo leads the all-time series against the Grizzlies 54-27. The Pack has won each of the last 13 meetings by an average of 17.8 points per game. The Pack won their first meeting with the Grizzlies this season, 89-55. Rohrer had 17 points and three blocks in that game.
- Adams State allows 72.2 points per game, making them the worst scoring defense in the RMAC. Opponents shoot 44.7 percent from the field against Adams State, the highest shooting percentage allowed by any team in the conference.
- Stephanie Ruiz leads the Grizzlies scoring attack with 12.4 points per game. Ruiz ranks seventh in the RMAC with 1.7 steals per game.
- The Grizzlies rank second in the RMAC with 10.1 steals per game.
Scouting Fort Lewis:
- The Skyhawks are ranked No. 23 in the SIDA poll with a 17-4 record overall. They have an 11-4 mark in RMAC games. Should the Pack beat the Skyhawks, they would own a three-game lead over the rest of the conference due to tiebreakers.
- CSU-Pueblo leads the all-time series against the Skyhawks 46-36. The Pack has won the last 10 meetings against Fort Lewis by an average of 11.6 points per win. CSU-Pueblo beat the Skyhawks 63-48 earlier this season to hand the Skyhawks their first loss of the year. The 48 points matches Fort Lewis' lowest scoring effort this season.
- Vivian Gray leads the RMAC in scoring with 18.4 points per game, 2.5 points per game more than anyone else in the conference. Gray ranks in the top 10 in virtually every statistical category with 7.7 rebounds per game (7th), 1.9 blocks per game (2nd), and 2.0 steals per game (4th).
- The Skyhawks rank second in the RMAC and 11th in D-II in scoring defense, allowing just 55.5 points per game. They hold opponents to 33.8 percent from the field, the lowest percentage allowed by any RMAC team, making them the fourth-best field goal percentage defense in D-II.
- Fort Lewis has the RMAC's best offense, averaging 70.7 points per game. They rank second in the RMAC in scoring margin, beating opponents by an average of 15.2 points 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.