PUEBLO, Colo. (February 22, 2018) – With a conference championship already clinched, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball will look to build momentum for the postseason when they host Colorado Mesa University Friday and Western State Colorado University Saturday. Both games will start at 5:30 p.m. in Massari Arena.
The Pack will honor their five seniors, Tuileisu Anderson, Katie Cunningham, Katie Jones, Taylor Long, and Chelsea Vallejos Saturday night. It will also be another Pink Out weekend. Pack Women's Basketball will be selling pink T-Shirts for $20 each. All proceeds benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) CSU-Pueblo has already clinched their second consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship with an 18-2 conference record. The Pack will be the No. 1 seed in next week's RMAC Tournament. They have won three outright RMAC Championships and four overall.
2) Lauren Heyn (Jr., Penryn, Calif.) and Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors Thursday. For Heyn this is her second consecutive Academic All-District selection. Rohrer was named RMAC Academic Player of the Year Feb. 8.
3) Should she play in both games this weekend, Anderson will have appeared in more games than any other student-athlete in program history. Anderson would break Mary Rehfeld's record of 119 games played. The Pack is 96-28 (.774) in Anderson's career so far. Her 96 wins are the most of any player in program history.
4) Rohrer needs three blocks to break Katie Nehf's program record of 197 career rejections. Rohrer's 195 career blocks ranks ninth in RMAC history. Her 2.0 blocks per game ranks second in the RMAC.
5) With a 20-6 record overall, the Pack is receiving votes in both the D-II SIDA and Women's Basketball Coaches polls. The ThunderWolves rank third in the NCAA South Central Region in this week's preview poll, moving up from No. 4 last week.
- Long scored 16 points in the Pack's win over Colorado Christian to pass 1,000 career points between the Pack and Western State. The senior scored 15.5 points per game against the Mavericks and Mountaineers to earn RMAC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
- Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) ranks second in the RMAC with 9.4 rebounds per game. Her 9.3 career rebounds per game ranks fifth all-time at CSU-Pueblo. Cunningham's 531 career rebounds ranks 10th in program history.
- Cunningham's 4.9 assists per game places her third in the RMAC. With 248 career assists, Cunningham ranks eighth all-time at CSU-Pueblo Her 4.4 career assists per game ranks third all-time
- Anderson ranks third in the RMAC with 1.9 steals per game. Just two steals would move her into the program's top 10 in steals. She has 176 career takeaways.
- The Pack ranks 19th overall in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 57.1 points per game. Opponents make just 26.7 percent from 3-point range against the Pack. CSU-Pueblo owns the nation's 16th ranked 3-point defense.
- Heyn makes 54.9 percent from the field. She ranks fourth in the RMAC in field goal percentage. Heyn ranks 13th in career rebounds at CSU-Pueblo with 513 career boards. Her 79 career blocks ranks eighth all-time at CSU-Pueblo. With four blocks she will move into sixth all-time.
- The Pack is 51-9 at home over the last four seasons, good for an 85.0 percent winning percentage at Massari Arena. The ThunderWolves have won their last 21 RMAC regular season games at home.
- CSU-Pueblo leads the RMAC with a 77.7 free throw percentage. They also average a conference best 4.0 blocks per game.
- The Pack leads the RMAC in attendance. An average of 965 fans show up for every Pack game, 91 more fans than their closest competition.
Scouting Colorado Mesa:
- The Mavericks bring an 18-8 record into the weekend. They have a 12-8 mark in conference play, placing them seventh among qualified teams. Colorado Mesa could finish in a tie for third with a pair of wins this weekend.
- CSU-Pueblo trails the Mavericks 42-29 in the all-time series. The Pack won the first meeting this season 69-60 in Grand Junction, Colo. Long and Anderson had 31 combined points and four steals.
- Colorado Mesa ranks eighth in the nation scoring defense. They limit teams to just 54.9 points per game.
- Erin Reichle and Jaylyn Duran both average above 15.0 points per game. Reichle scores 15.5 points per game, second most in the RMAC. Duran puts in 15.0 points per game, fourth-most in the conference. They combined for 6.1 3-pointers per game.
- Ma'ata Epenisa ranks second in the RMAC in field goal percentage, making 57.4 percent of her shots from the field. Epenisa is the Mavericks leading blocker with 1.0 blocks per game, seventh most in the RMAC.
Scouting Western State:
- The Mountaineers have a 6-15 record in RMAC play, placing them 11th in the conference standings. They stand 9-18 overall.
- The ThunderWolves lead the all-time series with Western State 44-27. The Pack has won each of the last 10 meetings. CSU-Pueblo beat Western State 69-57, Dec. 16. Jennah Knafelc (Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) scored 18 points in that game.
- Tammarrah Gothard ranks second in the RMAC 2.1 steals per game. As a team, the Mountaineers rank sixth in the conference with 7.0 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