No. 1 seed Pack WBB hosts SD Mines in RMAC Tournament Quarterfinals

No. 1 seed Pack WBB hosts SD Mines in RMAC Tournament Quarterfinals

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 27, 2017) –  Thanks to a 26-2 regular season record, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball  has earned the No. 1 seed for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament and home-court advantage. The ThunderWolves will begin RMAC Tournament play against South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Massari Arena.

Tickets for Tuesday's game go on sale Tuesday at 12 p.m. in the Massari Arena Box Office for both the Pack women's game and CSU-Pueblo Men's Basketball 's First round game that will take place after the women's game. All tickets will be general admission and will cost $8 for adults and $4 for youth, military, and seniors. The first 300 CSU-Pueblo students at Tuesday's game will receive free admission.

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

1) The ThunderWolves enter the RMAC Tournament as the No. 1 seed for the first time. CSU-Pueblo won its first outright RMAC regular season Championship since 1987-88 to earn home-court advantage for the first round Tuesday and if they win for the RMAC Tournament Semifinals as well.

2) CSU-Pueblo has now qualified for the RMAC Tournament in 15 consecutive seasons.  The Pack and Fort Lewis College are the only two schools to qualify for every RMAC Tournament since 2003. Their five RMAC Tournament Championships has them tied for the conference record.  The ThunderWolves won last year's tournament with a win over the Skyhawks at Massari Arena.

3) After beating Western State Colorado University Friday, the Pack tied the program record for wins in a season with their 26th victory. The Pack set this record a year ago in the RMAC Tournament. They will try to break this record with their 27th win tomorrow night.

4) CSU-Pueblo continued to hold the top spot in last week's NCAA South Central Region rankings.  If they can hold this spot until March 5, the Pack will host a NCAA Regional for the first time in school history. They have two less losses than anyone else in the region.

5) Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) moved up to 11th all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 1,066 career points. She also made her 73rd 3-pointer of the season of the season Saturday. With this 3-pointer, Anderson now has the second-highest single-season 3-pointer total in school history, passing her former teammate and current Pack Assistant Coach Dee Arrieta (72).

Pack Notes

- The Pack set a program record with 20 RMAC wins in 2016-17. They also set a new school-record with 15 home wins.

- Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) continues to lead the RMAC in rebounding as she has for the entire season. Cunningham averages 9.1 boards per game. Her 1.8 steals per game ranks second in the RMAC. Cunningham also stands fourth in the conference with 4.1 assists per game.

- Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) leads the RMAC with 2.2 blocks per game. Her 61 blocks this season ranks as the fourth highest single-season total in school history. Rohrer's 128 blocks already places her third in school history.

- Jaszymn Johnson (Sr., Denver, Colo.) ranks fourth in the RMAC in free throw percentage, making 86.7 percent of her tries from the line. Johnson's free throw percentage stands as the second-best single-season mark in school history.

- Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.) ranks fifth in the RMAC with 1.2 blocks per game. She has averaged 1.9 blocks per game over the last month.

Scouting South Dakota Mines:

-The Hardrockers qualified for their first RMAC Tournament with a win over Chadron State College in their regular season finale. SD Mines will be the No.8 seed in their first RMAC Tournament with a 10-12 RMAC record and a 12-15 mark overall.  

- South Dakota Mines and the Pack have only met twice with each team winning once. The Pack won the only meeting this season 66-64 in Rapid City, S.D., on Jan. 6.

- Krista Showalter leads the RMAC with 4.8 assists per game. As a team, South Dakota Mines ranks second in the RMAC with 14.6 assists per game.

- Megan Rohrer, older sister of Pack center Molly Rohrer, tops the Hardrockers with 10.1 points per game. Megan ranks second in the RMAC with 1.6 blocks per game, behind only her younger sister. Her 44 blocks is almost five times as much as any other Hardrockers.

- South Dakota Mines shoots just 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The Hardrockers rank 14th in the RMAC in free throw percentage.

All tickets for Tuesday's game will be general admission. The Pack and Hardrockers will begin play at 5:30 p.m. The CSU-Pueblo Men's Basketball team will play Colorado Christian University at 7:30 p.m. in Massari Arena.

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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.