COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 11, 2016) – Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference coaches have spoken and Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball is the favorite to win the conference according to the RMAC Coaches Preseason Poll.
Eight of the 15 voters predicted that the Pack would win its third RMAC regular season title. The ThunderWolves won their conference record fifth RMAC Tournament Championship in 2015-16.
In head coach Jim Turgeon's first season, the Pack set a school record with 26 wins en route to a 26-6 finish. The Pack also earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA D-II tournament, their highest seed in school history.
CSU-Pueblo also had two players named to the Preseason All-RMAC team. Junior Tuileisu Anderson (Vancouver, Wash.) and Sophomore Molly Rohrer (Greenwood Village, Colo.) both earned preseason All-RMAC nods.
Anderson claimed First Team All-RMAC honors in 2015-16. She led the Pack with 13.5 points per game and 1.9 steals per game. Anderson ranked 10th in scoring and seventh in steals. She received three RMAC Player of the Week honors throughout the season.
Rohrer earned RMAC Freshman of the Year honors in 2015-16. She also garnered All-RMAC First Team and All-RMAC Tournament Team honors. Rohrer averaged 12.7 points per game. The Cherry Creek High School product led the RMAC with 2.1 blocks per game. Her 67 blocks stands as the second highest single season total in school history.
The ThunderWolves also return 2015-16 starter, Lauren Heyn (So., Loomis, Calif.). Heyn set a school record as a freshman by making 55.6 of her shots from the field.
CSU-Pueblo's three starters are joined by six returning players off the bench. Former starting point guard, Ana Gurau (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) returns after missing 2015-16 due to injury.
The ThunderWolves will also welcome four transfers and two new freshman to the squad. Among the transfers is Taylor Long (Jr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) who earned Honorable Mention All-RMAC as a sophomore at Western State. Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) comes to the Pack after two successful seasons at Iowa Western Community College, where she helped lead Turgeon's Iowa Western team to the Region IX Championship as a freshman.
CSU-Pueblo women's basketball will begin preseason competition with a scrimmage against the Air Force Academy Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. in Massari Arena. The ThunderWolves will open up their regular season Nov.11 against Texas A&M University Commerce at the Denver Cherry Creek 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.