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Game notes: Rams travel to TCU

Jan. 13, 2011

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Colorado State at TCU | Game 16
Jan. 15, 2011 | 11 a.m. MT | Fort Worth, Texas | Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)

2010-11 Record
8-7, 1-1 MWC
Last Game
vs. New Mexico (W, 71-60)
Rankings (AP | ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Kristen Holt (Ohio, 1993)
Overall Record
42-61 (Fourth Season)
Record at CSU
31-45 (Third Season)
2010-11 Record
11-6, 3-0 MWC
Last Game
at Wyoming (W, 68-47)
Rankings (AP | ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western, 1989)
Overall Record
400-180 (19th Season)
Record at TCU
249-121 (12th Season)
Category CSU
Points Per Game 62.7
Points Allowed Per Game 63.7
Field Goal Percentage .405
Opponent Field Goal Percentage .392
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .349
Opponent Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .315
Free-Throw Percentage .730
Rebounds Per Game 37.1
Rebounding Margin +1.1
Assists Per Game 15.3
Turnovers Per Game 18.8
Opponent Turnovers Per Game 15.5
Steals Per Game 7.7
Blocks Per Game 2.7
Broadcast Information
Television: The Mtn.
Radio: Colorado State Sports Network
1410 KIIX
Streaming: CSURams.com/allaccess
Play-by-play: Matt Wozniak
Live Stats: Gametracker/CSURams.com
Media Relations
Danielle Marshall, Assistant Director
Office Phone: 970/491-6494
Cell Phone: 970/980-7353
E-mail: Danielle.Marshall@colostate.edu
Fax: 970/491-1348
Amanda Nutting, Student-Assistant
Cara Maio, Student-Assistant

Colorado State (8-7, 1-1 MWC) looks to carry its momentum on the road to TCU (11-6, 3-0 MWC). The Rams will take on the Horned Frogs Saturday. Tipoff will be at 11 a.m. MT live on The Mtn.

The game will also be broadcast live on AM 1410 KIIX. Matt Wozniak calls all the action. Live game audio will also be available via Rams All-Access subscription on CSURams.com.

Live stats are available on CSURams.com by clicking the link on the calendar of the home page or on the women's basketball schedule page.

Rams vs. Frogs series...                 
Saturday's matchup is the 14th in the series between the Rams and the Frogs. The Rams are looking to snap a five-year losing streak that began in 2006.

Colorado State is 3-10 all-time against TCU, and 1-5 in Fort Worth. TCU has won the past 10 games after CSU won the first three in the series.

About TCU...                    
TCU is enjoying a five-game win streak, including a 3-0 conference record with wins on the road at San Diego State, at home vs. UNLV and another at Wyoming. The team is 11-6 overall and 8-1 at home. The Frogs' last loss came at home vs. Georgia on Dec. 22.

The team is lead by Emily Carter and reigning MWC Player of the Year, Helena Sverrisdottir. The two players combine to lead in eight statistical categories. Carter leads the team and the league in points per game with 19.1, while Sverrisdottir scores 16.8 per game. Carter is also first in the Mountain West in free-throw percentage, connecting on 88.6 percent of her attempts. She shoots 36.8 from beyond the arc and plays a team-high 36.1 minutes per game. Both Carter and Sverrisdottir are the only two to have started all 17 of the Frogs' games. Sverrisdottir leads the team in assists (71) and steals (38). She has TCU's highest field-goal percentage with 44.9 percent.

Defensively sophomore Starr Crawford pulls down 9.2 boards per game, good for second in the conference. Her 45 offensive rebounds leads the MWC. She is third on the team in points per game with 11.1

The Cowgirls pulled to within three at the half in Laramie, Wyo., Wednesday, but the Frogs wouldn't relinquish their lead, scoring 41 second-half points on route to the victory, 68-47. The team shot 51.8 percent, and all but one player scored. Three starters, Crawford, Delisa Gross and Antoinette Thompson did not have many attempts, but each of them shot 100 percent from the field combining for 11 field goals. Crawford was one rebound short of a double-double with nine rebounds and 10 points, and Gross was the other player in double digits scoring 11 points. TCU tallied 24 points from its bench players.
TCU averages a league-leading 70.9 points per game. The Frogs also lead the MWC in defensive field-goal percentage, allowing their opponents to convert only 35.7 percent of their shots.

Last time out...                
CSU looked like a completely different team, bouncing back from a tough loss and earning a victory over New Mexico as the Rams tackled the Lobos, 71-60, Wednesday night at Moby Arena.

The win not only gave the Rams (8-7, 1-1 MWC) consecutive home victories over New Mexico (6-8, 0-2), following a 2010 triumph over the Lobos in Fort Collins, but it also evened the team's conference record heading into a tough game at TCU Friday.

From the beginning, the Rams showed superior focus and dominated the entire game with intense defense and energy.

Colorado State's domination shined as it outshot and out-rebounded UNM. The Rams shot 42.6 percent from the floor and grabbed 38 rebounds, compared to the Lobos' shooting percent of 34.6 and 32 rebounds. CSU was also able to capitalize on 19 assists while committing a season low of 11 turnovers.

Junior Kim Mestdagh was the lead scorer for the Rams on the night and posted her third career double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Mestdagh, who battled against a tough Lobo defense, also managed to produce four steals and two assists.

Three other Rams posted double-digit numbers in the contest. Junior

Chatilla van Grinsven notched 14 points, including shooting 100 percent (4-for-4) from the free-throw line. Freshman Hayley Thompson tied a career high of 13 points, shooting 5-of-7 from the floor, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and fellow freshman Sam Martin also contributed 12 points on the night.

Sophomore Chantel Kennedy also tallied a career high with eight points. She started her first game since Dec. 8 against Colorado, and contributed to six of the Rams' 10 fast-break points on the night.

New Mexico's Amanda Best played all 40 minutes of the contest, posting 14 points and eight rebounds.

At the line...                    
In the 2010-11 season, CSU has improved its free-throw percentage to a third-place 73.0 percent (197-270) in the league, up from 69.6 percent last season.

Junior Kim Mestdagh is off to a good start at the line. She has hit 84.6 percent of her shots (44-52), which is fourth in the conference this season. Teammates Chatilla van Grinsven (78.9 percent) and Sam Martin (77.3 percent) also rank in the top 15 at ninth and 10th place, respectively.

In the Rams matchup at Winthrop on Dec. 28, freshman Hayley Thompson kept the team alive with a three-point field goal, and later tied the game with two crucial free throws with just 24 seconds remaining.

NCAA rankings (as of Jan. 9)...            
At the start of conference play, Colorado State ranks in the top 100 in three statistical categories out of 333 Division I teams. Highest on the list is the Rams' free-throw percentage (72.7 percent), coming in at No. 54. Following that is their three-point field goal percentage (34.8 percent) in 61st place. Their 15.1 assists per game ranks 64th in the country.

Individually Kim Mestdagh appears in the top 100 four times. Mestdagh is No. 8 in the nation for three-point field goals per game (3.2). She is ranked in 33rd place for free-throw percentage at 86.7 percent. The junior ranks 57th in three-point field-goal percentage (40.9 percent), and with 17.1 points per game, she ranks 60th in scoring.

In the MWC books...                
Colorado State is in good standing in the Mountain West Conference statistics. The team is ranked in the top five in six statistical categories. As mentioned above, the Rams are third in the conference in free-throw percentage (73.0). They are second in three-point field-goal percentage (34.9). The team has made the fifth most three-point field-goals in the league, averaging 6.1 per game. The Rams are third in the assists column, averaging 15.3 per game.

CSU allows its opponents 36.1 rebounds per game, which is good for fifth place. The Rams assist-to-turnover ratio comes in at No. 5 in the conference with 0.8 assists to every turnover.

Startin' Martin...                
Freshman Sam Martin has started 100 percent of the Rams' games this season, and at this rate would start the most by a CSU freshman since Sarah Hunter in 2004-05. Averaging 29.7 minutes per game (second most) has had an impact in the Mountain West conference record books. She is currently ranked in the top 15 in six statistical categories. Martin is ranked 13th in points, averaging 12.3 per game. She is ranked 14th in rebounding, averaging 6.5 rebounds per game. The Colorado native is ranked second in field-goal percentage (55.0). She is tied for 10th in free-throw percentage, making 77.3 percent of her shots, and she ranks sixth in blocked shots per game with 1.2. She is also tied for seventh in most offensive boards per game with 2.5.

Well balanced...              
Freshman Sam Martin and junior Chatilla van Grinsven lead the team with 6.5 and 6.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 13th and 14th in the conference. The two forwards are also tied for the best field-goal percentage in a single game in the Mountain West. van Grinsven shot 10-12 (83.3 percent) vs. Denver on Nov. 23, and Martin later matched her performance vs. South Dakota on Dec. 20.

An all-tournament team selection in the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational, van Grinsven pulled down a career-high eight offensive boards vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Nov. 28, helping the Rams score 19 second-chance points. She is fourth in the Mountain West in offensive rebounds with 2.9 per game.

Filling the stat sheet...                Sophomore Chantel Kennedy leads Colorado State in assists and is a close second in steals this season with 41 and 22, respectively. Her 1.6 steals and 2.9 assists per game rank 10th and 11th in the conference. In the Rams' game vs. Texas Southern on Nov. 27, Kennedy assisted a career-high nine shots and tied a career high with five steals. With  41 assists and just 18 turnovers through 15 games this season, she averages 2.3 assists to every turnover.

Hartig gets valuable playing time...    
Despite an ankle injury, junior Kelly Hartig made her Rams debut vs. South Dakota wearing No. 13 on Dec. 20. The Colorado native was previously ineligible due to NCAA transfer rules. She has since started four of five games for CSU averaging 24.0 minutes per game. In the matchup at Winthrop on Dec. 28, she tied a career high with eight rebounds.

Hartig brings a wealth of experience from Virginia, as her team advanced to the NCAA tournament's second round in 2008-09. A Colorado native from Highlands Ranch, the forward earned Most Improved Player for the Cavaliers her sophomore year.  

Improved RPI...                
The latest NCAA RPI rankings were released on Jan. 11 with games played through Jan. 9 (7-7, 0-1 MWC). CSU is up 19 spots from the end of the 2009-10 season. The Rams currently rank at No. 157.

Colorado State closed the 2009-10 season with an NCAA RPI of 176, up 19 spots from the 2008-09 season.

Under Head Coach Kristen Holt's watch, the Rams' RPI has steadily improved. In 2007-08, the year before Holt took over, CSU closed the year at No. 309, and improved to 194th following the 2008-09 campaign. Factoring in last season's 176 final RPI, the Rams have improved by 147 spots in the last two seasons.   

Mestdagh record watch...                
With two seasons left, junior Kim Mestdagh is already making an impact in the Rams' record books. The fourth-highest point scorer (17.1 ppg) in the Mountain West is on pace to crack the top-15 this season on CSU's all-time career points list. After 15 games this season, she sits in 16th place with 976 career points, just 24 points away from 1,000.

To date Mestdagh has reached double figures in 13 of the Rams' 15 games this season and has scored 20 or more points in four contests. The Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational MVP for the second-consecutive year recorded two 17-point games, hitting five three-pointers in each contest, with an 85.7 field-goal percentage vs. Texas Southern. She also assisted a team-high five shots and forced four steals vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

This season the Belgium native is in the top five in the Mountain West in scoring (17.1; fourth) three-point field-goal percentage (40.0; fifth) and three-point field goals made (48; first).

Mestdagh's 40.0 three-point field-goal percentage is 13th best among all players at CSU in a single season with at least 50 attempts. She is 48-120 from beyond the arc this season.

Mestdagh recorded a career-high 32 points at North Dakota on Nov. 21, the second game she's scored at or above 30 points in her career. The Belgium native notched her third career double-double this season vs. New Mexico on Jan. 12 with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The following is a list of Mestdagh's current spot in CSU's all-time record books:

    16.    976    
Points Per Game (min. 45 games)
    7.    12.84 (976/76)
3-Point Field Goals Made
    3.    188 (519)
3-Point Field-Goal Attempts
    3.    519 (188)
3-Pt Field-Goal % (Based on 75 attempts)
    10.    .362 (188-519)
Free-Throw % (Based on 100 attempts)
    10.    .770 (124-160)

Coors Light Coaches' Show...            
The Coors Light Basketball Coaches' Show airs Mondays at 6 p.m. MT, live from the Beach House Grill in Old Town Fort Collins, and will continue throughout the season until Feb. 28. Shows air live on the Colorado State Sports Network's Flagship, KLZ (560 AM). A complete schedule can be found on the bottom of Page 4 of this release.

Up next...                   
Colorado State returns home for an Orange Out vs. UNLV on Tuesday. Tipoff vs. the Rebels will be at 5:45 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on The Mtn.




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