ThunderWolves head to Highlands hoping to pad RMAC lead

ThunderWolves head to Highlands hoping to pad RMAC lead

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 5, 2018) Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball's pursuit of a second consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship continues Tuesday night when the ThunderWolves visit New Mexico Highlands University.  Tip off between the Pack and Cowgirls is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines

1) After defeating Adams State University Friday, the Pack knocked off No. 23 Fort Lewis College 63-61 to build a three-game lead in the RMAC standings with five games remaining. The Pack moved to No.2 in the D-II Sports Information Directors of America Regional poll. They finished first in the South Central Region last year, earning the right to host their first NCAA regional

2) Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.)became the fourth player in CSU-Pueblo history to score 1,400 points with her 22-point effort against the Skyhawks. If Anderson can score 22 points again vs. the Cowgirls, she will tie Sherry Vallejos for third all-time in program history with 1,426 career points. Anderson has averaged 17.6 points per game over her last five contests.

3) Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) entered the Pack's top 10 in assists with 10 helpers last week. Her 230 career assists ranks 10th all-time at CSU-Pueblo. Cunningham sits nine dimes away from ninth in program history, currently held by Vallejos.

4) Anderson and Cunningham scored all 19 of the Pack's points in the fourth quarter in Saturday's win over Fort Lewis. The two seniors accounted for nine steals against the Skyhawks including four in the fourth quarter. Anderson ranks sixth in the RMAC with 1.8 steals per game. Cunningham ranks eighth with 1.7 steals per game.

5) Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.), scored 32 points last week to pass Tawona Wilson for seventh all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 1,240 career points. Rohrer ranks seventh in the RMAC with 14.3 points per game.

Pack Notes

- The ThunderWolves rank 20th in D-II in total defense, holding opponents to 57.4 points per game. CSU-Pueblo has limited opponents to just 25.7 percent from 3-point range, making the Pack the seventh-best 3-point defense in the nation. The Pack ranks 20th in D-II in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to 35.5 percent from the field.

- CSU-Pueblo leads the RMAC in free throw percentage and ranks 22nd in D-II. The ThunderWolves have made 77.4 percent as a team from the charity stripe. Rohrer ranks second among qualified players in the RMAC in free throw percentage, making 84.5 percent from the line.

- The Pack is 17-0 this season when they shoot the same percentage as their opponents or better. They are 0-6 when they have been outshot.

- Cunningham ranks second in the RMAC with 9.5 rebounds per game. Her 9.3 rebounds per game for places her fifth in program history. Cunningham leads the RMAC with 9.5 rebounds per game during RMAC play.

- Rohrer ranks second in the RMAC with 1.9 blocks per game. She had three rejections against Adams State to give her 187 career blocks. She is just 10 blocks away from tying Katie Nehf's school record of 197 blocks. Rohrer's 2.1 blocks per game for her career is a school record.

- Cunningham moved into 14th all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 16 rebounds last week, giving her 503 boards for her career. She is just 21 rebounds away from the top-10 all time in program history.

- With their win over the Skyhawks, the Pack is now 11-3 against teams with a winning record this season. The Pack's come behind victory was the second time this season, they have won when trailing after three quarters and the first time they have won when trailing with five minutes left in the game.

- Jennah Knafelc (Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) makes 42.7percent from beyond the arc. Knafelc's 3-point percentage stands 1.4 percent better than the single-season record set by Tanya Bishop in 1995-96.  The junior ranks third in the RMAC in 3-point percentage.

- Lauren Heyn (Jr., Penryn, Calif.) had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds against Adams State. Heyn has four double-doubles this season, most of any Pack player.

Scouting New Mexico Highlands:

- The Cowgirls currently own last place in the RMAC with a 2-15 conference record. New Mexico Highlands has a 4-17 record overall. They have lost 12 in a row.

- CSU-Pueblo leads the all-time series against Highlands, 51-31.The Pack has won the last six meetings and 12 of the last 13 contests between the two schools. The Pack won the first meeting of the season between the two schools 78-53 at Massari Arena. Knafelc had 18 points in that game.

- The Cowgirls have the worst offense in the RMAC, averaging just 50.9 points per game. They make just 32.6 percent from the field, also last in the conference.

- Ari Baca leads Highlands with 10.6 points per game. Baca leads the Cowgirls with a 44.3 field goal percentage. She makes 77.8 percent at the free throw line.

  • Highlands also ranks last in the RMAC in scoring defense, giving up 72.2 points per game. They have lost their games by an average of 21.5 points per game. Opponents shoot 44.9 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from downtown against the Cowgirls.
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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.