COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 23, 2017) – The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference released its annual preseason rankings Monday and Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball was selected as the preseason favorite to win the conference in the RMAC Coaches Poll. RMAC coaches also named Molly Rohrer Preseason Player of the Year and Katie Cunningham RMAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
CSU-Pueblo won the 2016-17 RMAC Regular Season Championship, its first outright regular season championship since 1987-88. The ThunderWolves won a program record 28 games a season ago, including 24 consecutive victories to start the season.
Rohrer (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) earned RMAC Player of the Year honors as a sophomore in 2016-17. The Pack's center was tied for second in the conference with 15.8 points per game.
Rohrer also set a school record with 77 blocks and 2.4 blocks per game as a sophomore, including a record eight blocks vs. Adams State University (Feb. 3, 2017). She also earned six RMAC Player of the Week awards as a sophomore.
Cunningham (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) claimed RMAC Defensive Player of the Year a year ago. She led the RMAC with 9.2 rebounds per game, and posted the fifth highest rebounding total in Pack history.
Cunningham also grabbed 1.7 steals per game, second most in the RMAC. The Pack's point guard was a three-time RMAC Defensive Player of the Year in her first season with CSU-Pueblo.
The ThunderWolves return all five starters from their RMAC Championship team from a year ago, including Tuileisu Anderson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) who has been named First Team All-RMAC in each of the last two seasons. CSU-Pueblo led the RMAC with 72.8 points per game on their way to a No.1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Pack received 12 of the 14 first place votes from RMAC coaches.
Led by new Head Coach Curtis Loyd, the Pack will begin their season on the road Nov. 10-11 at the South Central Region Challenge when they face Lubbock Christian University and Texas A&M University Commerce. The ThunderWolves will host their home opener Nov. 17 when they play Northern State in the 34th annual Al Kaly Shrine Classic. To purchase 2017-18 CSU-Pueblo Basketball season tickets, call Trey Nickelson at 719-549-2050.
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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.