Nov. 5, 2010
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--The Colorado State women's basketball team recorded 21 steals and saw point production from all 10 players Friday night at Moby Arena, coming up victorious in its first and only exhibition game of the season, 81-75.
Junior Kim Mestagh, a second-team all-conference selection a year ago, began the 2010-11 season where she left off, leading the team with 19 points. She paced the Rams, who had four players score double digits in the win. Also tallying double figures was junior forward Chatilla van Grinsven (11 points) and freshmen Sam Martin (15) and Mandy Makeever (12).
Martin and Makeever were two of three freshmen in the starting lineup Friday. Hayley
Thompson, a guard out of Mullen High School in Denver, Colo., also started the game.
"All of our freshmen did some good things tonight," Head Coach Kristen Holt said. "I was really happy with their performance."
Martin, a 6-2 forward from Chaparral High School in Parker, Colo., shot 7-of-10 from the floor and pulled down a team-best nine rebounds, including five from the offensive end. As a team, the Rams outrebounded the Cougars 43-35 and totaled 19 offensive boards, resulting in 22 second-chance points.
"Sam Martin played very composed for her first game," Holt said. "I'm really pleased with her. I think she's going to be a very good player for Colorado State."
"The first minute was really nerve racking," Martin said, "but it felt good being out there; it felt right."
Offensively, the Rams shot 43.7 percent from the floor. They also benefited from 33 Cougar turnovers and 28 points off of turnovers.
While Holt was pleased with the number of forced turnovers, she said that the Rams need to cut down on their own turnovers heading into the season.
"We were able to put pressure on them and force turnovers, but they were also able to do the same to us," Holt said. "A lot of our 26 turnovers were due to playing way too fast."
Nine of the 10 Rams collected at least one steal, including four each from seniors Bonnie Barbee and Zoi Simmons.
"Coach Holt is focused on defense," Simmons said. "We want to be a defensive team and we need to keep working on pressuring the ball."
While they never led, the Cougars were able to keep the game close thanks to their three-point shooting. Colorado Christian shot 9-of-19 (47.4 percent) from beyond the arc, and Christina Whitelaw was a perfect 4-of-4. Whitelaw led all players with 25 points in the game.
Despite some sloppy play, the Rams were able to gain valuable experience heading into Friday's regular-season opener against Northern Iowa.
"We'd like to be sharper in our offensive execution, and obviously limit our turnovers, but our effort was good and I personally take a lot of good things out of (Friday) night and heading into our game against Northern Iowa."
Tip is set for 7 p.m. MT. Tickets are available via phone at 1-800/491-RAMS or online at CSURams.com/tickets.