PUEBLO, Colo. (March 1, 2018) – After going 20-2 in Rocky Mountain Athletic play, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball has earned the right to host the RMAC Tournament Semifinals & Finals for the third straight season. The No. 1 seeded ThunderWolves will face No. 5 seed Regis University in the second semifinal Friday at 7 p.m. at Massari Arena.
Before the Pack and Rangers clash, No. 2 seed Metro State University Denver will challenge No. 3 seed Black Hills State University, Friday at 5 p.m. The winners of the two games Friday will meet in the RMAC Tournament Final Saturday at 7 p.m. at Massari Arena.
Tickets for the RMAC Tournament go on sale to the general public at 4 p.m. Friday. However, CSU-Pueblo season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets beginning Thursday at 2 p.m. Also, the first 200 CSU-Pueblo students who show up to Friday's RMAC Tournament game after 4 p.m. will receive free admission after signing in at the ticket table.
All tickets are general admission and cost $10 for adults. Seniors (65 and older), students, children (6 or older), and military personnel will all have access to $5 tickets. Children five and under are allowed in for free.
The "Starting Five" - CSU-Pueblo's Top Storylines
1) The ThunderWolves will look to win their conference record sixth RMAC Tournament Championship. In order to accomplish this historic feat, the Pack will have to get revenge of the Rangers who derailed the RMAC Tournament Championship hopes last season in the semifinals. CSU-Pueblo won the RMAC Tournament in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2016.
2) Tuileisu Anderson scored 24 points to lead the Pack to victory over South Dakota School of Mines. With her 24-point performance, Anderson moved into second all-time at CSU-Pueblo in scoring, passing Rachel Espinoza (1,482). With 1,491 career points, Anderson sits 106 points away from Nadia Fercha's school record. Anderson was named First Team All-RMAC for the third consecutive season.
3) Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) was named RMAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Rohrer became just the second player in RMAC history to earn conference Player of the Year and Academic Player of the Year in the same season.
4) Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) garnered RMAC Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-RMAC accolades for the second year in a row. Cunningham led the RMAC in rebounding with 9.7 boards per game during the regular season. She was also named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week.
5) All five Pack starters were named All-RMAC. Anderson, Cunningham, and Rohrer were all voted First Team All-RMAC. Rohrer and Anderson are the first players in program history to earn First Team ALL-RMAC honors in three straight seasons. Lauren Heyn (Jr., Penryn, Calif.) and Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) both received Second Team All-RMAC honors.
- Massari Arena is one of the best home field advantages in D-II. The Pack leads the RMAC with an average attendance with 974 fans per game, 100 fans more than anyone else in the RMAC. The Pack is 66-11 at home over the last five years, good for an 85.7 winning percentage.
- CSU-Pueblo returned to the rankings as the No. 25 team in the D-II SIDA poll. The Pack was last ranked Feb. 6, 2018 at No. 24. The Pack has 12 in row and has a 23- record overall.
- In the NCAA South Central regional rankings, the ThunderWolves stand No. 3. If the NCAA Tournament started this weeken, the Pack would meet the Yellow Jackets in the first round.
- Long needs one more free throw make to qualify for the Pack's single-season record book. Should she make that free throw, her current free throw percentage would set a single-season school record.
- Cunningham leads the RMAC with 4.8 assists per game. Her 2.2 assist/turnover ratio also tops the conference. Cunningham's assist to turnover ratio ranks 22nd in D-II. The senior's 4.3 assist per game for her career ranks third all-time at CSU-Pueblo.
- The ThunderWolves rank 12th in the nation in scoring defense. Opponents average just 56.4 points per game against the Pack. CSU-Pueblo holds foes to just 26.8percent from downtown, making them the 19th-best 3-point defense in D-II.
- Rohrer leads the RMAC with 56 blocks and 1.9 blocks per game. In the Pack's win over SD Mines, Rohrer had two rejections in the final quarter to help the Pack to a 60-50 win. She also became the first ThunderWolf to reach 200 career blocks.
- The Pack is the 17th-best free throw shooting team in D-II, making 78.2 percent at the charity stripe. CSU-Pueblo leads the RMAC in free throw shooting. Rohrer ranks fourth in the RMAC among qualified shooters, with an 83.1 percent shooting clip at the line.
- The Rangers enter the RMAC Tournament Semifinals as the No.5 seed. Regis holds a 16-12 record. They went 14-8 in RMAC play. Regis blew out Colorado School of Mines in the first round, 68-40.
- Friday's matchup will be a rematch of last season's semifinal where the Rangers upset the Pack 77-71 last season. CSU-Pueblo exacted some revenge earlier this season when they beat the Rangers 52-51 at Massari Arena, Jan. 27. The Pack trails the Rangers in the all-time series 37-22.
- Regis leads the RMAC in rebounding margin. The Rangers grab 8.0 rebounds per game more than their opponents. Regis ranks 15th in D-II in rebounding margin.
- Like the Pack, the Rangers had all five starters named All-RMAC. Majestie Robinson and Mary Sigler were named Second Team All-RMAC. Shelby Espinosa, Whitney Jacob and Chante Church all received Honorable Mention All-RMAC accolades,
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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