Jan. 19, 2012
CSU vs. Wyoming | Game 19
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||WYOMING COWGIRLS|
Colorado State (6-12, 2-1 MW) begins a two-game homestand in the Border War vs. Wyoming (6-10, 2-1). The Rams tipoff at 1 p.m. MT Saturday.
Wyoming visits Fort Collins after a dominating win over Air Force at home Wednesday. The Cowgirls won by 62 points, 98-36.
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. Jason Knapp will provide the play-by-play, while Krista Blunk is the color analyst. This is the third-consecutive game the Rams have on television.
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.
In game promotions...
- Saturday's game is an "Orange Out." Fans are encouraged to wear orange and cheer on the Rams!
- The first 750 people through the doors will receive a PVHS/CSU bandana.
- It is also Jason's Deli Kids Day. Kids are welcome to come onto the court after the game to shoot free throws and receive a free coupon to Jason's Deli!
Rams vs. Cowgirls series...
Saturday's meeting between Colorado State and Wyoming will be the 82nd game between the two schools. This is Head Coach Kristen Holt's eighth contest vs. the Cowgirls. Under her watch the Rams have defeated Wyoming just once, in the MW tournament in Las Vegas on March 10, 2009.
The Rams are 41-40 vs. Wyoming with a 21-17 record in Fort Collins. Since 2005, CSU has won just one game in the series.
- Wyoming lost four starters after the 2010-11 season. The Cowgirls lone returning starter is junior Chaundra Sewell.
- Head Coach Joe Legerski is in his ninth season at the helm. He has coached the Cowgirls to five 20-win seasons in eight years and is 6-2 vs. the Rams in Moby Arena. For the second year in a row, Wyoming advanced to the third round of the WNIT, falling to Colorado, 70-58.
- In this season's overall league stats, the Cowgirls place in the top three in just two categories, but in conference games only, they rank in the top three in 17 categories.
- In all games this season Wyoming is first in the MW in assist-turnover-ratio (0.9) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.672).
- Consistent in all games and league games only, the Cowgirls are at or near the botton of the MW in free-throw percentage and (.648) and three-point field-goal percentage (.243). Only one player, Kayla Woodward, averages above 75.0 percent from the line (.781) and there are no players on the team who average 30.0 percent or better from beyond the arc.
- As of Jan. 15, Wyoming was fourth in the country in turnovers per game, averaging just 13.0 per contest. Against Air Force on Wednesday, the Cowgirls committed just 10 turnovers.
- Sewell is the Cowgirls' leading scorer averaging 13.2 points per contest. She is followed by Ashley Sickles (12.5) and Woodward (10.3). Sewell has seven double-doubles on the season, and has scored double-digits in eight straight games. Sickles has 14 games in double figures.
- Wyoming shot a season-high 63.9 percent from the field, including a .611 percentage from three-point range vs. Air Force in the 98-36 rout on Wednesday. Woodward tallied a career-high 28 points with 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Kaitlyn Mileto (15), Sickles (14) and Sewell (10) also registered double-digits. The Cowgirls scored 50 points in the paint and 22 points off of AFA's 19 turnovers.
- Wyoming and CSU are tied in the conference standings with a 2-1 record. Wyoming has defeated New Mexico on the road (52-50) and Air Force (home) and lost to UNLV at home (54-51).
Last time out...
The Rams were up by three with 1:21 on the clock and in danger of falling behind to the Broncos, but Colorado State held off Boise State with outstanding defense and clutch shooting Tuesday, winning 60-52 at Taco Bell Arena.
With its second win on the road this season, CSU is now 2-1 in conference play with a 6-12 record overall, while Boise State falls to 11-7 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain West.
Both LaDeyah Forte and Kelly Hartig had a chance to put the game away for CSU with little more than a minute remaining, but both players missed the front end of their one-and-one free-throw attempts. The Rams caught a break with a missed shot on the Boise end and Meghan Heimstra hit a layup and got the foul at the Rams’ end to seal the win.
Colorado State opened the game on a 9-0 run and eventually increased its lead to as much as 14 midway through the first half. However, mental errors late in the half led to Rams turnovers and BSU was able to close the gap to seven heading into the locker room.
A 13-2 run midway through the second half gave the Rams a 10-point lead, but Boise State would not go away, threatening by pulling within three points at the 1:40 mark. But in the end, Heimstra’s shot and free throws by Hayley Thompson removed all hope for the Broncos.
Heimstra also hit double figures with clutch play at the end. She finished the night with 10 points and seven boards. Thompson and Hartig were dominant forces for the Rams down low, pulling down seven boards as well.
After several starting lineups throughout the non-conference schedule, the Rams may have found their groove with Forte, Thompson, Mestdagh, Martin and Hartig. The five have now started three consecutive games dating back to the contest at Seattle on Jan. 8.
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