The Metro State College Women’s Basketball Team was ranked 10th in the NCAA Division II standings posted on March 8th.
The Roadrunners entered the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 30-2. They will face Shaw University in the Elite Eight on March 22.
The Roadrunner’s Season
The Roadrunners have had a very successful season this year as they have earned themselves a spot in the NCAA Elite Eight. They will face Shaw University as both fight to make it to the NCAA championship game. This is Metro state’s fifth NCAA tournament appearance and first trip to the Elite Eight.
They have also had the highest ranking in school history with No. 10. Numerous records were set this season including 30 wins, a 15-game winning streak, and 18-game winning streak at home. Metro State was also named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season champions in the win over Regis University. The Roadrunners made it to the RMAC Tournament championship game but fell to Fort Lewis College. Head Coach Tanya Haave leads the Roadrunners but depends on Cassondra Bratton and Jasmine Cervantes to take control of the floor and win games.
About The Team
Head Coach Tanya Haave is in her first season with the Roadrunners and she has made quite an impact. With her guidance, the Roadrunners have broke many records including 30 wins in a season and win streaks. Haave has helped improve Metro State from 0-4 all-time in postseason games to 3-4. She was also named this season’s RMAC Coach of the Year. Haave has led the Roadrunners to its first RMAC regular season championship since 1998 and finished the conference with a 21-1 record.
Senior Cassondra Bratton was named to this seasons All-RMAC First Team. Bratton led the Roadrunners in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage, with 12.4 points, 8 rebounds and 54.2% from the floor. In conference games, she finished fifth in rebounding and 12th in scoring. Bratton was also named to the Daktronics Second Team All-Central Region.
Junior Jasmine Cervantes was named to the All-RMAC Second Team. Cervantes led Metro State in free throw percentage, assists, blocked shots, and steals. She averaged 10.2 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 4.3 assists per game, and 1.6 steals per game, while shooting 42.3% from the floor and 79.3% from the free throw line.
About The School
Metro State College is located in Denver, CO. Metro State is considered to be a comprehensive college offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
There are over 24,000 students and the college educates more undergraduate Coloradans than anyone else in the state. With over 80% of alumni living and working in Denver and the state, Metro is producing graduates that stay.
Metro State also balances the benefits of being one of the largest public colleges with an individualized academic experience through classes of 19 or less students, accessible professors, targeted advisors, and industry mentors. Metro State College has the best of being a big college and the individualized attention of a smaller school.