Road to RMAC Tournament Championship runs through Pueblo

Road to RMAC Tournament Championship runs through Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 2, 2017) –  Thanks to their 27-2 record, the No. 5/7 Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball team will host the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinals for the second consecutive season. The top-seeded Pack will play the No. 4 seed Regis University at 7 p.m. Friday night at Massari Arena.

No. 2 seed Colorado Mesa University will face No. 3 seed University of Colorado Colorado Springs at 5 p.m. Friday. Tickets for Friday's RMAC Tournament Semifinals go on sale Friday at 12 p.m. at the Massari Arena Box Office. All tickets will be general admission and will cost $10 for adults and $5 for youth, military, and seniors. The first 300 CSU-Pueblo students at Friday's game will receive free admission. One ticket gets fans into both games Friday

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

1) The Pack defeated South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 69-65 Tuesday to advance to the RMAC Tournament Semifinals. Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) scored 23 points. She also handed out a career-high six assists. Defensively, Rohrer blocked five shots and pulled down seven rebounds.

2) With their win over the Hardrockers, the Pack set a new school-record for wins in a season at 27. This breaks the previous record of 26 set last season. RMAC Coach of the Year Jim Turgeon is 53-8 (.869) over his first two seasons at the helm for CSU-Pueblo.

3) The Pack has matched a RMAC record with five RMAC Tournament victories, a record they share with the University of Nebraska-Kearney. The ThunderWolves will try to win their record sixth RMAC Tournament Championship this season. They celebrated winning last year's tournament at Massari Arena with a win over Colorado Christian University in the semifinals and a victory over Fort Lewis College in the finals.  

4) Rohrer was named RMAC Player of the Year Tuesday. The Pack's center also received First Team All-RMAC honors for the second consecutive season. Rohrer leads the RMAC with 2.3 blocks per game. She ranks fifth with 15.7 points per game. Her 52.2 percent shooting clip from the field places her fourth.

5) Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) earned RMAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades. Cunningham leads the RMAC with 9.1 rebounds per game. Her 1.8 steals per game places her second in the conference.

Records watch

- First Team All-RMAC selection Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) has made 75 3-pointers this season. She is just two shy of the school's single season record of 77, set by Beth Thiebaut in 1993-94.

- Jaszymn Johnson (Sr., Denver, Colo.) ranks fourth in the RMAC with an 87.0 percent free throw percentage. If Johnson can maintain this free throw percentage, she would set a school record. She was named Honorable Mention All-RMAC.

- Rohrer has blocked 66 shots this season, ranking her 21st in the nation. She is just block shy of her single-season total from last year, and six rejections away from the single-season record of 72, set by Lindsay Black in 2007-08.

- As just a sophomore, Rohrer is five blocks away from second place all-time at CSU-Pueblo. She has 133 blocks in her career. Her 2.2 blocks per game would also be the best career blocking average in school history.

Scouting Regis:

-The No. 4 seeded Rangers defeated the No. 5 seed Fort Lewis to advance to the RMAC Semifinals. Regis has a 22-6 record overall and went 16-6 in RMAC games. The Rangers were ranked No. 5 in the NCAA South Central Region Rankings, while the Pack were ranked No. 1

- Regis leads the all-time series against CSU-Pueblo 37-21. However, the Pack won the only meeting this season 65-51 in Denver. The Rangers won the only RMAC Tournament meeting between the schools in 2005 when the No. 1 seeded Rangers took down the No. 8 seeded ThunderWolves 79-61.

- Kaylie Rader ranks second in the RMAC with a 55.2 percent field goal percentage. Rader stands fifth in the conference with 7.4 rebounds per game.

-  The Rangers lead the conference in rebounding margin, grabbing 10.2 boards per game more than their opponents. This is the seventh-best rebounding margin in the country.

- Regis has the RMAC's best defense. The Rangers hold opponents to 59.2 points per game.

The Winner of Pack and Rangers game will play the winner of UCCS vs. Colorado Mesa Saturday at 7 p.m. The RMAC Tournament Championship game will be held at 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.