PUEBLO, Colo. (February 26, 2018) – The road to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament Championship starts Tuesday for Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball when they host South Dakota School of Mines at 7 p.m. in the First Round of the RMAC Tournament at Massari Arena.
Tickets for the first round of the RMAC Tournament go on sale Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and cost $10 for adults. Students, seniors, faculty, military, and youth tickets (6-12) will cost $5. Kids 5 & under will get in free. The first 200 CSU-Pueblo students with student ID at Massari Arena will receive free admission to Tuesday's game. All seats are general admission.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) For the third consecutive season, the road to the RMAC Tournament Championship runs through Pueblo. The Pack has now won two consecutive RMAC Regular Season Championships after going 20-2 in conference play for the second year in a row. The 20 RMAC wins matches a program record.
2) Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) set a Pack record for games played in a career, appearing in her 120th career game Saturday. Anderson has scored 1,467 career points. She needs just 16 points to pass Rachel Espinosa for second all-time at CSU-Pueblo. Anderson averaged 19 points per game last weekend.
3) Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.)broke CSU-Pueblo's all-time blocks record with two rejections against Western State Colorado University Saturday. Rohrer's 198 career blocks surpassed Katie Nehf's 197 career blocks to move into first in Pack history and eighth in RMAC history. Rohrer leads the RMAC with 54 total blocks.
4) Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.)was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week for the third time in 2017-18. Cunningham celebrated her senior weekend with two double-doubles. She averaged 13.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. Cunningham leads the RMAC with 9.7 boards per game.
5) The Pack tied a conference record two seasons ago with their fifth RMAC Tournament Championship in school history. If the Pack can defend their home court this week, the will become the first team in RMAC history to win six RMAC Tournament Championships. They won the RMAC Tournament in 2006, 2008,2009, 2010, and 2016.
- The Pack ranks 15th in D-II in scoring defense, holding opponents to 56.6 points per game. Conference opponents have scored just 55.3 points per game against the Pack, giving the Pack the best defense in the conference during RMAC play. CSU-Pueblo boasts the nation's 10th best 3-point defense, holding opponents to just 26.3 percent from downtown.
- Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) ranks second in the RMAC with 4.9 assists per game. Her 4.4 assists per game for her career ranks third in program history.
- During conference play the Pack has been the best 3-point shooting team in the conference. CSU-Pueblo has made 35.2 percent from downtown, just 0.1 percent less than opponents have shot from the field against the Pack.
- With her 12 rebounds against the Mountaineers, Cunningham moved into ninth all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 556 career boards. She is just four rebounds away eighth place. Cunningham ranks fourth in program history with 9.4 rebounds per game.
- Lauren Heyn (Jr., Penryn, Calif.) has made 52.3 percent from the field , the seventh-highest field goal percentage in the RMAC. Her 1.0 blocks per game ranks sixth in the RMAC. Heyn's 526 career rebounds ranks 11th all-time at CSU-Pueblo. She is just two blocks away from sixth all-time at CSU-Pueblo.
Scouting South Dakota Mines:
- The Hardrockers enter the RMAC Tournament as the No.8 seed for the second consecutive season. They went 16-12 overall and posted an 11-11 conference record. South Dakota Mines has lost four of their last six games.
- CSU-Pueblo and South Dakota Mines met in the first round of the RMAC Tournament a season ago. The Pack eliminated the Hardrockers with a 69-65 win at Massari Arena. Rohrer has 23 points and five blocks in that game. The ThunderWolves lead the all-time series with the Hardrockers 4-1.
- South Dakota Mines is the RMAC's best 3-point shooting team, making 34.4 percent from downtown. The Hardrockers have made 233 3-pointers, 17th most in D-II.
- Anna Haugen leads the Hardrockers with 10.4 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game. Her 8.3 boards per game ranks fourth in the RMAC. Haugen makes 54.4 percent from the field, fifth-best at the RMAC.
- Ryan Weiss ranks second in the RMAC in 3-point percentage. She makes 46.7 percent of her shots from downtown.
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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