Pack hopes clinch share of RMAC title Saturday at home vs. Griffins

Pack hopes clinch share of RMAC title Saturday at home vs. Griffins

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 9, 2018) After three games on the road, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball finally returns home Saturday when they play Westminster College at 5:30 p.m. at Massari Arena.

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Saturday the Pack's honors Girls & Women in Sports Day with all girls 18 & under who show up wearing a youth sports jersey receiving a free general admission ticket. This Saturday's game will also be a Think Pink game. The ThunderWolves will be selling t-shirts with the proceeds benefitting the St. Mary Corwin Breast Center of Excellence.

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

1) The ThunderWolves lead the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with a 16-2 record in conference play. If the Pack defeats the Griffins Saturday, they will clinch a share of their second consecutive RMAC title. CSU-Pueblo would clinch the No. 1 seed in the RMAC Tournament with a win a Metro State University Denver loss.

2) CSU-Pueblo has an 18-6 record overall. They returned to the D-II Sports Information Directors poll at No. 24. It was the Pack's first time in the rankings since the preseason.

3) Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) became the first student-athlete in program history to be named RMAC Academic Player of the Year. She is also the first ThunderWolf to earn RMAC Player of the Year and RMAC freshman of the honors. Rohrer and fellow junior Lauren Heyn (Jr., Penryn, Calif.) both earned First Team Academic All-RMAC honors for the second consecutive season. Seniors Katie Jones (Baldwin, Kan.), Taylor Long (Moreno Valley, Calif.), and Chelsea Vallejos (Lamar, Colo.) all earned spots on the RMAC's honor roll.   

4) Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) has scored 1,413 career points, fourth-most in program history. Anderson sits 14 points away from overtaking Sherry Vallejos for third place all-time (1,426) at CSU-Pueblo.

5) Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) ranks 10th in program history with 236 career assists. She could pass Vallejos and Sheryl Phipps and move into eighth with six assists against the Griffins. Cunningham's 4.3 career assists per game ranks third all-time in program history. She ranks third in the RMAC with 4.8 assists per game.  

Pack Notes

- Rohrer has 1,253 career points. She is just six points away from tying Mary Rehfeld for sixth all-time at CSU-Pueblo. The Pack's center ranks sixth in the RMAC with 14.3 points per game.

- The ThunderWolves have the eighth-best 3-point defense in the nation, holding opponents to just 26.0 percent from downtown. They have the 18th best scoring defense overall, limiting foes to just 57.0 points per game. CSU-Pueblo ranks 20th in D-II, holding opponents to 35.4 percent from the field.

- Rohrer ranks second in the RMAC with 1.9 blocks per game. She had three blocks in the Pack's win over New Mexico Highlands University Tuesday. With 190 career blocks, Rohrer ranks ninth in RMAC history. She sits seven blocks away from tying Katie Nehf's school record of 197 swats.

- Cunningham now ranks 13th in school history with 511 rebounds. She is just 14 rebounds away from moving into the top 10 at CSU-Pueblo. She ranks second in the RMAC with 9.4 boards per game. Her 9.4 rebounds per game during conference play leads the RMAC.

- The ThunderWolves lead the RMAC in attendance with an average of 971 fans per game. CSU-Pueblo averages 118 more fans per game than their closest competition Colorado Mesa University.

- CSU-Pueblo leads the RMAC in free throw percentage and ranks 20th in D-II. The ThunderWolves have made 77.7 percent as a team from the charity stripe. Rohrer ranks second among qualified players in the RMAC in free throw percentage, making 85.0 percent from the line.

- The Pack is 18-0 this season when they shoot the same percentage as their opponents or better. They are 0-6 when they have been outshot.

- Jennah Knafelc (Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) ranks fourth in the RMAC in 3-point percentage. Knafelc makes 41.2percent from beyond the arc.

- The Pack is 62-12 at home over the last five seasons, good for an 83.8 percent winning percentage at Massari Arena. The ThunderWolves have won their last 20 RMAC regular season games at home.

Scouting Westminster:

- The Griffins have 12-6 record in RMAC play. They own a 13-9 record overall. Westminster has won four games in a row.

- CSU-Pueblo leads the all-time series against the Griffins, 3-1.The Pack defeated the Griffins 63-53 in Salt Lake City, Dec. 8. Rohrer and Heyn combined for 30 points and four blocks in that road win.

- Hunter Krebs leads the RMAC in field goal percentage, making 58.4 percent from the field. Krebs ranks seventh in the RMAC with 14.2 points per game.

- The Griffins are the best shooting team in the conference, knocking down 42.5 percent from the field. They rank fifth in 3-point percentage hitting 32.1 percent from downtown.

- Denise Gonzalez ranks second in the RMAC with 5.1 assists per game. Gonzalez also leads the RMAC with 2.4 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.