Jan. 12, 2012
CSU at TCU | Game 17
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||TCU HORNED FROGS|
Colorado State (5-11, 1-0) travels to Fort Worth, Texas for its first road contest in the Mountain West. The Rams tipoff vs. the Horned Frogs (7-9, 0-1) at 2:30 p.m. MT Saturday.
The Frogs are looking to snap a three-game losing streak, with losses to UTPA (56-54), Harvard (56-44) and MW foe San Diego State (61-46).
CSU's Kim Mestdagh earned the preseason Player of the Year title to start the 2011-12 season. She was the first to earn the honor since Becky Hammon in 1998-99. CSU was picked to finish third in the final standings. It was the highest prediction for the Rams since the 2002-03 season, when CSU was picked to finish in second place.
The game is televised on CBS Sports Network. Brent Stover will provide the play-by-play, while Tammy Blackburn is the color analyst. The Rams have four games on the network this season.
The game will also be broadcast live on AM 1410 KIIX. Matt Wozniak, in his third season with the Rams, calls all the action. Live game audio will also be available via Rams All-Access subscription on CSURams.com.
Rams vs. Horned Frogs series...
Saturday's meeting between Colorado State and TCU will be the 16th game between the two schools. This is Head Coach Kristen Holt's seventh contest vs. the Frogs. She has yet to notch a game in the win column.
The Rams are 3-12 vs. the Frogs overall with a 1-6 record in Fort Worth. All three wins came in the first three games of the series. CSU has since gone on a 12-game losing streak against TCU.
Last time vs. TCU...
A strong first half performance by Colorado State set an exciting pace against TCU, but the Rams were unable to hang on as they fell to the Frogs, 61-53, at Moby Arena Feb. 16, 2011.
CSU (12-12, 5-6 Mountain West) holds on to a fourth place standing in the Mountain West Conference, but have dropped to 50.0 percent in overall games played. With the win, TCU (18-8, 10-2 MW) maintains a second place standing in the league.
The Rams came out strong against the Frogs, jumping to an 8-3 lead in 3 minutes of play. They ended the first stanza with a lead of 27-21. But after the break, the Rams were unable to carry their enthusiastic style of play into the second half, in which TCU outscored them 40-26.
CSU put up impressive numbers on the night, shooting 51.1 percent from the floor compared to TCU's 38.5 percent. However, 16 of the Frogs' points came from CSU turnovers and another 20 points came from second-chance shots. But it was free throws that sealed the deal for TCU as they hit 16 from the charity stripe.
Two players for the Rams were able to score in double digits on the night. Sophomore Meixandra Porter posted a career high 19 points before fouling out in the final seconds.
Freshman Sam Martin contributed 10 points of her own, along with three solo blocks. Kim Mestdagh chipped in seven points, and posted a career high in assists with seven, also. These seven assists allowed seven of the eight Rams players to put points on the board.
TCU guard Helena Sverrisdottir and forward Starr Crawford both contributed 18 points each to the contest. Sverrisdottir scored six points in a row for her team between the 5:38 and 4:20 marks left in the game. Those six points gave the Frogs the lead in the end, and triggered a 10-4 run to capture the victory.
- After graduating three seniors from the 2010-11 team, the Frogs were dealt another blow, losing junior post player Starr Crawford for the season due to injury. She was the team's leading scorer and rebounder entering 2011-12.
- Head coach Jeff Mittie is now in his 13th season with TCU, compiling a 267-135 (.664) record with the Horned Frogs.
- Much like the Rams, the Frogs have endured a tough non-conference schedule, with seven games against teams that made it last year's postseason.
- CSU and TCU have played one mutual opponent this season in Tulsa. The Horned Frogs defeated the Golden Hurricane 60-43 on Dec. 20, while CSU routed Tulsa in a high-scoring affair on Nov. 17 (87-68).
- Freshman guard Natalie Ventress has emerged as the Frogs leading scorer with 10.4 points per game this season. She has led the team in scoring in five out the past seven contests.
- In Wednesday's conference opener at San Diego State, TCU struggled from the field, shooting just 25.5 percent. Antoinette Thompson, the lone senior on the squad, scored a team-high 13 points and added seven rebounds. Ventress matched her on the boards with seven of her own. The Aztecs capitalized on TCU's 14 turnovers, scoring 22 points for the 61-46 win.
- Sophomore Latricia Lovings is third in the MW in blocks this season with 2.0 per game. Teammate Ashley Colbert follows closely behind in the fifth spot with 1.4 denials per contest. With these two in the top five, TCU ranks first in blocked shots with 100 on the year.
- On the opposite side of the court junior Whitney Williams leads the team in assists with 57 on the year. She ties Kim Mestdagh for third in the league, averaging 3.6 per game. Williams also leads the MW in assist-to-turnover ratio, with 1.7 assists to every turnover this season.
- The Frogs top the charts in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents a .324 accuracy rate from the field.
- In both assists and steals, TCU and Colorado State matchup evenly. TCU ranks just behind the Rams in third place in both categories, averaging 12.4 assists and 8.9 steals per contest.
- Opposite of the Rams, TCU handles the ball very well, with the best turnover margin in the league (plus-1.2).
- The Frogs are second in the MW in three-pointers per game (5.5). TCU has had four players with at least 10 three's on the year. Williams leads the pack with 22.
Last time out...
The Colorado State women's basketball team won, 73-39, against the Air Force Falcons Wednesday afternoon at Moby Arena.
This is the first time since Jan. 4, 2007 that the Rams (5-11, 1-0) have been in first place in the Mountain West during the conference season.
Before the tip-off, Air Force (5-11, 0-1) received a technical foul for checking in their starting lineups late. Sophomore Sam Martin made both of the free throws to start the game.
Colorado State started off strong, but Air Force never let the game get out of hand. At last, the Rams pulled away to lead by 16 at half. Colorado State's largest lead of the game was 37.
Senior Kim Mestdagh's first points of the game came from the free throw line, eight minutes into the second half, followed by a three-pointer, to go on a 10-4 run. Mestdagh caught on fire, shooting 3-7 from the field, 3-5 beyond the arc, and 2-2 from the free-throw line. She collected seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Mestdagh ended the game with 11 points.
Martin scored 17 points, shot 87.5 percent from the field, and was 1-1 from the three-point line. She also collected six rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Junior Meghan Heimstra scored 12 points and collected six rebounds along with having four assists and three steals.
Air Force couldn't get anything to fall in, scoring only eight second chance points off of 21 offensive rebounds.
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