PUEBLO, Colo. (March 9, 2017)– Entering the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball will host an NCAA South Central Regional for the first time in school history Friday when they face No. 8 seeded Tarleton State University at 5:30 p.m. in Massari Arena.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) The Pack earned a No.1 seed for the NCAA Tournament with a school-record 27 wins and a 27-3 overall record. CSU-Pueblo has now advanced to four consecutive NCAA Regionals and five in the last six years. This will be the Pack's ninth tournament appearance overall.
2) Friday's game will be a rematch between the Pack and the TexAnns. CSU-Pueblo defeated Tarleton State 76-64 at Massari Arena back on Nov.19. Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) led the way with 28 points in that game.
3) The ThunderWolves are ranked No.7 in the Division II Sports information Directors Association Media poll. They slipped to No.9 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll. The Pack has been ranked in the top 10 in both polls since Dec. 16, a streak spanning 12 weeks.
4) CSU-Pueblo is looking for a reversal of fortune in the big dance. The ThunderWolves are 1-8 in NCAA Tournament games. Their only win in the NCAA Tournament came March 12, 2010 when they beat Wayne State College 59-48.
5) As just a sophomore, Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors. Jim Turgeon was named RMAC Coach of the Year in his second year at CSU-Pueblo. Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) received RMAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Cunningham was also named to the All-RMAC Tournament team.
- Senior Jaszymn Johnson (Denver, Colo.) could become the Pack's best single-season free throw shooter. Johnson has made 87.2 percent at the charity stripe, the 15th best average in D-II. If she can maintain this average she would break the previous school record of 86.9 set by Kerry Lewis in 2005-06.
- Anderson matched a school-single season record with 77 3-pointers this season. Her 77th 3-pointer in the Pack's RMAC Tournament Semifinal loss to Regis University tied Beth Thiebault's school record set 23 years ago.
- Rohrer's 68 blocks this season ranks second all-time at CSU-Pueblo as she passed herself from last year at 67, giving her two of the three best blocking seasons in school history. Rohrer sits four blocks away from the single season record of 72 owned by Lindsay Black. Averaging 2.2 blocks per game, Rohrer currently has the best blocking average in school history. She enters the tournament three blocks away from second place all-time at CSU-Pueblo. Her 68 blocks ranks 20th nationally.
- CSU-Pueblo ranks ninth nationally in field goal percentage defense. The Pack limits opponents to 34.9 percent from the field.
- The ThunderWolves rank 14th in blocks per game with 5.2 swats per contest. Their 155 team blocks place them ninth in D-II.
Scouting Tarleton State
- The TexAnns won the Lone Star Conference Tournament to qualify for the NCAA South Central Regional with an automatic bid. They were awarded the No.8 seed. The TexAnns bring a 16-13 record into Friday night. Tarleton State posted a 12-8 conference record.
- CSU-Pueblo and Tarleton State have played just twice. The ThunderWolves lost to the TexAnns 76-72, back on Nov. 19, 2005.The Pack defeated the TexAnns on Nov. 19, 2016, 76-64. This will be the first meeting between the two schools not played on Nov. 19.
- Tarleton State ranked third in the Lone Star Conference in defense. The TexAnns held opponents to 64.3 points per game.
- Mackenzie Hailey ranked fourth in the Lone Star in scoring, averaging 15.9 points per game. Hailey also hauled in 8.4 rebounds per game, second most in the conference.
-Bailey Wipff led the Lone Star in free throw shooting. Wipff makes 84.2 percent at the charity stripe.
The winner of Friday's game between the Pack and the TexAnns will advance to the NCAA South Central Region Semifinals Saturday at 7 p.m. They will meet the winner of the No.4 seed West Texas A&M University vs. No. 5 seed Regis game at 7 p.m.
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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.