PUEBLO, Colo. (November 3, 2016) – One week before their regular season opener, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball hits the road for a pair of exhibition contests. The Pack will visit Colorado State University Friday at 7 p.m. and play Utah State University Sunday at 2 p.m.
The two Colorado State schools last met in exhibition play Nov. 5, 2011. The Rams won that game 62-49. They lead the all-time series in games that count 14-4. The Pack and Aggies have split their two meetings all-time. The last meeting occurred in the 1974-75 season.
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1) RMAC Coaches pegged the ThunderWolves as the preseason favorites to win the conference. The Pack won a conference-record fifth RMAC Tournament Championship in 2016.
2) The Pack won a school record 26 games in 2015-16 during Jim Turgeon's first season at the helm. The ThunderWolves would earn the No. 2 seed in their NCAA Regional, which is their highest seed ever in a NCAA Tournament.
3) CSU-Pueblo returns three starters from their 2015-16 squad. Seven reserves also return for the Pack. Transfers Taylor Long and Katie Cunningham are expected to start immediately for CSU-Pueblo. Two transfers and two freshman round out the Pack's roster.
4) Two of the Pack's three returning starters earned All-RMAC nods in 2015-16. Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) earned First Team All-RMAC honors in addidtion to being named RMAC Freshman of the Year. Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) also received First Team All-RMAC honors.
5) CSU-Pueblo received votes in the WBCA Preseason poll, released November 2nd. The Pack received 44 total votes which placed them No.28 overall. CSU-Pueblo was the only RMAC team to receive a vote.
The Pack went 2-0 in the exhibition season in 2015-16.CSU-Pueblo beat Division I schools Southern Utah University and Utah Valley University a year ago. However, Colorado State will likely pose the Pack it's toughest test of the season. The Rams went 31-2 in 2015-16 with a perfect 18-0 record in the Mountain West Conference. Utah State finished 14-17 last season. The Aggies posted an 8-10 mark in conference games.
CSU-Pueblo will open its regular season in Denver against Texas A&M University- Commerce. The ThunderWolves will host their home opener Friday Nov. 18 when they face University of Alaska Fairbanks at 5 p.m.
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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