INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball has qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive season. The Pack will head to Lubbock, Texas as the No.3 seed in the NCAA South Central Regional.
The Pack will take the court in their first round matchup Friday when they play the No. 6 seed Metro State University Denver. The Roadrunners were one of just two teams who beat the Pack during the RMAC season, knocking off the ThunderWolves 85-82 in overtime.
This will be the Pack's fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th appearance overall. All 10 appearances have come in the last 12 years. Last season, the Pack beat Tarleton State University 68-59 in the first round last season, before being eliminated by West Texas A&M University 70-67 in overtime in the Regional Semifinals. The Pack and Lady Buffs would meet again if both win in the first round this season.
CSU-Pueblo enters the NCAA Tournament with 14 consecutive wins. They won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship for the second year in a row and fourth time overall. The Pack also won a conference record sixth RMAC Tournament Championship Saturday with an 84-69 win over Black Hills State University.
The ThunderWolves are led by RMAC Tournament MVP and RMAC Defensive Player of the Year Katie Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) Cunningham had 26 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists to lead the Pack to victory over the Yellow Jackets.
Two-time RMAC Player of the Year, Molly Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) scored 20 points in the Pack's win over the Yellow Jackets. Rohrer led the Pack with 14.1 points per game.
Three-time First Team All-RMAC selection Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) is the second leading scorer in program history with 1,507 career points. Anderson's 203 career 3-pointers also rank second in program history.
Lauren Heyn (Jr., Penryn, Calif,) and Taylor Long (Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) both earned Second Team All-RMAC accolades. Heyn was named to the All-RMAC Tournament Team as well.
Head Coach Curtis Loyd will make his NCAA Tournament debut. Loyd led the Pack to a 25-6 record so far in his first season in Pueblo. They matched last year's school record with 20 RMAC wins.