Jan. 4, 2014
Colorado State vs. New Mexico | Game 13
Jan. 5 | 2 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||NEW MEXICO LOBOS|
Colorado State (9-3, 1-0 MW) hosts New Mexico (5-6, 0-0 MW) Sunday in the Rams first Mountain West home contest. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT at Moby Arena (8,745).
Off to their best start in 12 years, the Rams are looking to keep the win streak alive back home in Moby. Earlier this week CSU tied the highest number of road wins the program has had since the 2003-04 campaign with five.
Dawning a whole new look this season, Head Coach Ryun Williams and the Colorado State women's basketball team have hopes of becoming a top competitor in the Mountain West as Williams begins his second season with the Rams.
The game will be broadcast live on AM 1410 KIIX. Matt Wozniak, now in his fifth season with the Rams, calls all the action. Live game video will also be available via the Mountain West Network at CSURams.com/videos.
About New Mexico
- The Lobos have played a challenging non-conference slate, including Colorado, Stanford and Texas, all of which are getting attention in the national polls. CU beat UNM at the Pit, 85-53, back in November.
- New Mexico travels to Fort Collins for its first Mountain West matchup after a seven-day hiatus. The team last lost to Miami (Fla.) in the championship game of the Hurricane Holiday Tournament, 67-50. Sophomore forward Kadijah Shumpert was named all-tournament for her 12-point, eight-rebound performance against the U.
- UNM has a stingy defense, leading the MW in scoring defense (62.4 ppg), three-point field-goal percentage defense (.285), rebounding margin (+4.6), offensive rebounds (16.5) and offensive rebounding percentage (.394).
- The Lobos have three players averaging double figures. Antiesha Brown leads the pack with 13.6 points per game, followedy by Sara Halasz at 10.4. Shumpert and Halasz lead the squad on the glass with 5.9 and 5.6 rebounds per game, respectively.
Series vs. the Lobos
- Sunday's meeting is the 70th game between the two schools. New Mexico has the upper hand in the series, with a 39-30 record vs. the Rams all-time.
- The Rams have the advantage in Moby, however, with a 19-11 record at home in the series. Despite a setback last season, CSU has won three of the past four games in Fort Collins.
- The Lobos are on a three-game win streak in the series.
A win will...
- Extend the Rams' win streak to six games overall, and five games in Moby. CSU is 5-1 on its home court this season.
- Tie the Rams' longest win streak since the 2001-02 season, when CSU won six in a row twice that year.
- Be the quickest Colorado State has gotten to 10 wins since with 2001-02 campaign, when the Rams were 10-1 by Dec. 28. That season, CSU finished with 24-7 record overall, including a 12-2 tally in MW play.
Last time at New Mexico (Feb. 23, 2013)
Second-half shooting woes were to blame in the loss at The Pit as Colorado State fell to the Lobos, 71-56.
The loss moves the Rams (9-16, 5-7 MW) to sixth place in the Mountain West. New Mexico (14-11, 6-6) moves to fourth place with the win and a UNLV loss to Wyoming.
A couple of early runs by either side gave CSU and UNM five- and six-point leads, respectively. The runs were quickly erased, and the teams were tied for the better part of the final 10 minutes. Two late threes, with under a minute remaining, by the Lobos' Antiesha Brown gave the Rams a six-point deficit at the half.
The destruction continued in the second frame after the Rams cut the lead to five. New Mexico blew the game wide open on a 14-2 run midway through the second, and CSU would never recover.
Freshman Caitlin Duffy tallied her 14th game in double figures on the year with 17 points. She tied her career high with four three pointers. Heimstra and Martin joined her with 11 and 12 points, each.
A respectable .440 team field-goal percentage in the first stanza, sunk to .261 in the second. After making her first three shots, Sam Martin lost her touch, missing her next 10 attempts from the field.
The Rams' saving grace was the free-throw line. Colorado State made 15-of-17 from the charity stripe, including 14-of-15 in the final 20 minutes. Martin was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line.
New Mexico put on a three-point show in the first half, sinking eight. The Lobos, who average just four treys a game, converted nine on the night.
Colorado State wraps up a two-game homestand in the annual "Orange Out" game vs. MW newcomer San José State on Jan. 8. Tipoff at Moby Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
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