ThunderWolves look to lock up No. 1 seed in RMAC Tournament at CCU

ThunderWolves look to lock up No. 1 seed in RMAC Tournament at CCU

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 16, 2018) Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball  will travel to Lakewood, Colo. for a clash with Colorado Christian University Saturday at 5 p.m. If the Pack wins, they will clinch their second consecutive outright Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship and the No. 1 seed for the RMAC Tournament.

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

1) The ThunderWolves lead Metro State University Denver by three games in the RMAC standings with three games remaining. A Pack win or a Roadrunner loss, will secure the pack's third outright RMAC Regular Season Championship and second in a row. If the Pack beat the Cougars they will also claim the No. 1 seed and home court advantage for the RMAC Tournament.

2) The first NCAA Regional Rankings were released Wednesday and the Pack stands as the No. 4 seed in the South Central region. With a 19-6 record overall and a 17-2 mark in conference games, the Pack is receiving votes in both the D-II Sports Information Association and Women's Basketball Coaches Association polls.

3) Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) has scored 1,421 career points, fourth-most in program history. Anderson sits 6 points away from overtaking Sherry Vallejos for third place all-time (1,426) at CSU-Pueblo.

4) Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) passed Sherry Vallejos and Sheryl Phipps to move into eighth with eight assists against Westminster College. 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.  Her 4.9 assists per game this season stands as the fifth most in program history.

5) Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) scored 20 points against the Griffins to move into sixth all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 1,273 career points. Rohrer passed Mary Rehfeld's  whose 1,259 career points ranked fifth heading into the season. The center ranks seventh in the RMAC with 14.3 points per game.

Pack Notes

- The Pack ranks 19th in D-II in scoring defense as teams have mustered just 57.4 points per game against the ThunderWolves. CSU-Pueblo holds opponents to just 26.7 percent from downtown, the 15th lowest percentage in D-II. Foes have made just 35.8 percent against the Pack, 26th-best in D-II.

- Cunningham vaulted into the top 10 in rebounds at CSU-Pueblo with 525 rebounds. Cunningham passed Ashley Piper to move into 10th all-time. Her 9.4 career rebounds per game ranks fourth all-time in program history. This season, Cunningham ranks second in the RMAC with 9.6 boards per game.

- Rohrer ranks second in the RMAC with 1.9 blocks per game. With 191 career blocks, Rohrer ranks ninth in RMAC history. She sits six blocks away from tying Katie Nehf's school record of 197 swats.

- The ThunderWolves lead the RMAC in attendance with an average of 971 fans per game. CSU-Pueblo averages 92 more fans per game than their closest competition Colorado Mesa University.

- CSU-Pueblo leads the RMAC in free throw percentage and ranks 23rd in D-II. The ThunderWolves have made 77.6 percent as a team from the charity stripe. Rohrer ranks third among qualified players in the RMAC in free throw percentage, making 84.3 percent from the line. Seniors Taylor Long (Moreno Valley, Calif.) and Katie Jones (Baldwin, Kan.) both make 87.5 percent at the charity stripe.

- Anderson ranks fourth in the RMAC with 1.9 steals per game. With 174 career steals, she is just four steals away from entering the Pack's top 10.

- The Pack is 19-0 this season when they shoot the same percentage as their opponents or better. They are 0-6 when they have been outshot.

- Anderson's 194 career 3-pointers rank second all-time at CSU-Pueblo. Her 33.3 career 3-point percentage ranks fifth among qualified shooters.

Scouting Colorado Christian:

- The Cougars own a 4-14 record in RMAC play. They have a 6-17 record overall. Colorado Christian has lost six in a row.

- CSU-Pueblo leads the all-time series against the Cougars, 25-19 .The Pack defeated the Cougars 69-44 Jan. 16 at Massari Arena. The Pack shot 50 percent from the field in that win.

-  Colorado Christian lost their leading scorer, Alex Nelson, to injury after seven games. They are 4-12 without Nelson in the lineup.

- Jordan Baer leads the Cougars in virtually every category. Her 12.3 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game both top the team.

- The Cougars rank second in the RMAC with 3.9 blocks per game. Baer's 1.2 blocks per game places her fourth in the conference.

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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.