PUEBLO, Colo. (October 31, 2017) – The votes are in and Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball ranks No. 5 in both preseason polls released Tuesday. The ThunderWolves were tabbed No. 5 in both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association poll and the D-II Sports Information Directors Association Poll.
CSU-Pueblo was also picked to repeat as the No.1 team in the South Central Region in the D-II SIDA poll. The Pack beat out West Texas A&M University by two points in the regional poll with both teams receiving two first place votes.
The ThunderWolves reached as high as No.3 in both polls last season. They were in the top five in at least one poll from Jan. 27-March 3.
All five starters return from last year's team for the Pack. The ThunderWolves won a program record 28 games, including a school-record 24 in a row to start the season. CSU-Pueblo hosted the NCAA South Central region as the No. 1 seed a season ago.
This news comes eight days after the Pack was picked to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the Preseason Coaches Poll. CSU-Pueblo led the RMAC with 72.8 points per game.
Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) earned RMAC Preseason Player of the Year honors. Rohrer received RMAC Player of the Year honors as a sophomore. The Pack's center set school records with 77 blocks and 2.4 blocks per set.
RMAC coaches honored Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Cunningham claimed the RMAC Defensive Player of the Year Award as a junior. She led the RMAC with 9.2 boards per game.
Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) also returns for the Pack. Anderson, like Rohrer, has been selected First Team All-RMAC each of the past two seasons. Anderson ranked second in the RMAC with 15.8 points per game. She broke the school's single-season 3-pointers record with 82 treys as a junior.
The ThunderWolves welcome new Head Coach Curtis Loyd and Assistant Coach Sarah Miles to the fold. Four freshmen and transfer Jennah Knafelc (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) complete the new additions to the Pack's already potent lineup.
CSU-Pueblo will begin play at the South Central Region Challenge Nov. 10 when they play Lubbock Christian University at 12 p.m. The Chaps were ranked No. 23 in the SIDA poll and No. 3 in the region. The Pack will host their season opener Friday Nov. 17 when they play Northern State University as part of the 34th annual Al Kaly Shrine Classic.
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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.