ThunderWolves searching for NCAA Regional Championship in Lubbock

ThunderWolves searching for NCAA Regional Championship in Lubbock

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 7, 2018) – For the fifth consecutive season, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball has qualified for the NCAA D-II Tournament. The Pack will compete in the NCAA South Central Regional in the Lubbock, Texas as the No. 3 seed. They will play Metro State University Denver Friday at 11 a.m. (MTN) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Watch Party:

There will be a watch party for Friday's game at ThunderZone Pizza. The game and the watch party will begin at 11 a.m.

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

1) CSU-Pueblo is making its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. This will be the Pack's 10th NCAA Tournament appearance overall. The ThunderWolves won their First round matchup a year ago, defeating the No.8 seed Tarleton State University 68-59 at Massari Arena. They would lose in the Regional Semifinals to West Texas A&M University 70-67 in overtime.

2) The ThunderWolves became the first team to win six Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament Championships. CSU-Pueblo defeated Black Hills State University 84-69 in the RMAC Tournament Final. They have won the RMAC Tournament in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016, and now 2018. This year is the first time the Pack has won both the Regular Season Championship and the RMAC Tournament Championship.

3) Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) earned RMAC Tournament MVP honors with a career-high 26 points in the Pack's win over the Yellow Jackets. Cunningham had a double-double with 14 rebounds. She was just one assist shy of the school's first double-double since 1989. Cunningham was also the RMAC's Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-RMAC selection for the second consecutive season.

4) Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) and Lauren Heyn (Jr., Penryn, Calif.) each earned spots on the All-RMAC Tournament Team. Rohrer scored 20 points against the Yellow Jackets and knocked down the game winning free throws against Regis. Heyn averaged 9.0 points per game, 2.0 blocks per game  and made 12-of-14 at the free throw line.

5) CSU-Pueblo has won 14 consecutive games. This is the second-longest winning streak in program history after last season's 24 game win streak. The Pack stands 25-6 overall. They went 20-2 in RMAC play.

Notes:

- While Curtis Loyd has emphasized the first four minutes all season long, it was the last four minutes that led the Pack to a RMAC Tournament Title. The Pack held both Regis and Black Hills State scoreless for the final 3:12 and 3:25 of their games respectively. CSU-Pueblo outscored opponents 31-9 in the final four minutes during the RMAC Tournament. They held a 61-36 advantage in the fourth quarter over their last three games.

- Cunningham leads the RMAC with 4.9 assists per game and 147 total assists. The senior ranks 20th in assists in D-II.  Her 2.3 assist/turnover ratio also tops the conference. Cunningham's 2.3 assist to turnover ratio leads the RMAC and ranks 20th in D-II.  The senior's 4.4 assist per game for her career ranks third all-time at CSU-Pueblo. Cunningham's 147 assists in 2017-18 are the third-highest single-season total in program history.

- The ThunderWolves rank 15th in the nation in scoring defense. Opponents average just 56.9 points per game against the Pack. CSU-Pueblo holds foes to just 26.8 percent from downtown, making them the 24th-best 3-point defense in D-II.

- Rohrer was named RMAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. With 1,348 career points, Rohrer sixth in all-time scoring at CSU-Pueblo. She needs 20 points to pass Annette Smith and enter the top five.

- The Pack is the 16th-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.

- Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) is on pace to break the Pack's single season free throw percentage record. Long has made 87.5 percent from the line this season. Kerry Lewis set the record with an 86.8 percent clip at the charity stripe in 2005-06.

- Cunningham leads the RMAC in rebounding with 9.7 boards per game. Her 585 career boards rank eighth all-time at CSU-Pueblo. She ranks fourth in rebounds per game in school history with 9.4 rebounds per game over here career.

- Rohrer leads the RMAC with 60 blocks and 1.9 blocks per game. The center also became the first ThunderWolf to reach 200 career blocks. She ranks eighth in RMAC history with 204 career blocks.

-Heyn needs seven rebounds to pass Timmi-Jo Miller for 10th all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 555 career rebounds. Her 85 blocks stands sixth in program history.

Scouting MSU Denver:

- The Roadrunners return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years. They last appeared in the big dance in 2013, advancing to the Regional Semifinals. This will be the Roadrunners eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in program.

- The Pack trails MSU Denver 30-22 in the all-time series. The Roadrunners escaped the Pack in the only meeting so far this season, upsetting the Pack 85-82 in overtime, Jan. 12.

- MSU Denver leads the RMAC in scoring, averaging 67.4 points per game. The Roadrunners make 42.0 percent from the field, second-best in the conference.

- Georgia Ohrdorff leads the Roadrunners with 15.1 points per game. She ranks fourth in the RMAC in scoring. Ohrdorff's 56.7 percent shooting clip from the field ranks second in the RMAC.

- The Roadrunners reached the semifinals of the RMAC Tournament. They defeated No. 7 seed Colorado Mesa University 71-58 before dropping a 52-50 final to the Yellow Jackets. Emily Hartegan was named to the All-RMAC Tournament Team. Hartegan scored 16 points in the Roadrunners loss to the Yellow Jackets.

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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