Jan. 21, 2008
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Colorado State (2-14, 0-3 MWC) vs. Air Force (6-10, 0-4 MWC)
Jan. 23, 2008 | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745) | 7 p.m. MT
Overall Record: CSU leads, 29-8
In Fort Collins: CSU leads, 15-2
In Colorado Springs: CSU leads, 13-5
At Neutral Sites: Tied, 1-1
Warden vs. Air Force: 4-3
Colorado State Sports Network: 90.5 FM - KCSU
Play-by-Play: Cole Weinman
Color Analyst: Lance Moorman
Colorado State (2-14, 0-3 MWC) opens up a two-game homestand against the Air Force Falcons (6-10, 0-4 MWC) on Wednesday evening. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. MT from Moby Arena.
The game will be broadcast in Fort Collins on 90.5 FM KCSU, with Cole Weinman and Lance Moorman calling the action. Live Gametracker statistics will also be available on CSURams.com. Gametracker can be accessed by clicking the link from the women's basketball schedule page, or on the calendar at the bottom of the home page.
Colorado State and Air Force both come into the matchup looking to pick up an elusive first conference win and snap extended losing streaks - seven games for the Rams and five for the Falcons. Colorado State is coming off of a 70-52 setback at TCU on Saturday, in which 25 Rams turnovers translated into 22 points for the Lady Frogs.
Air Force comes to Fort Collins in the midst of a five-game skid, including a 75-45 defeat at home against the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday.
The Rams swept Air Force in the regular-season series last year, but will look to avenge last season's 47-46 loss in the Mountain West Conference tournament to the Falcons on a last-second offensive rebound and putback.
About Air Force
Head coach Ardie McInelly is in her seventh season at the helm of the Falcons program, where she has compiled a record of 46-139 (.249), becoming the winningest coach in Air Force Academy history at the Division I level. Overall, McInelly is 123-201 in 12 seasons as a head coach.
The Falcons were selected to finish last in the Mountain West Conference preseason poll, and opened the season 0-2 with losses at Oklahoma State (49-89) and at UMKC (65-59), who defeated the Rams 76-62. the Team bounced back, posting a 6-3 record over the next nine contests. During that stretch, the Falcons defeated the University of Denver, 65-56, at Clune Arena and also picked up a 68-60 win at rival Army.
A road loss at the hands of Navy, who the Rams defeated 59-53 for their first victory of the season, trigered the Falcons' current five-game losing streak that has spilled into the first four games of the conference season.
The Falcons opened conference play with a pair of 10-point defeats against Utah (60-50) and at UNLV (58-48). Last week, Air force dropped a pair of home contests against conference-leading Wyoming (75-59) and vs. New Mexico (75-45).
This season Air Force returned 11 letterwinners, including a pair of starters from last season's team that posted an overall record of 6-23 (1-15 MWC), but defeated CSU in the first round of the conference tournament, marking the academy's first conference tournament victory.
An experienced team, the Falcons are led by a pair of seniors - Alecia Steele and Pamela Findlay. Steele, a two-time third team all-MWC selection, leads the Falcons in both scoring (14.7 ppg.) and rebounding (8.4 rpg) and is one of only two players (Sequoia Holmes, UNLV) to rank in the Top 5 in the Mountain West Conference in both categories. Steele also ranks 14th in the MWC in field goal percentage (.439) and ranks as the conference's top offensive rebounder, pulling down 3.3 offensive boards per contest.
Findlay, along with Raimee Beck, has provided the Falcons with a 3-point threat throughout the season, and enters Wednesday's matchup averaging 12.4 points per game, while shooting 45.6 percent from the field, including 45.1 percent from 3-point range, second in the MWC.
Beck, a freshman and the only other player besides Findlay to start every game this season, ranks 12th in the conference, knocking down 28-of-31 (.346) 3-point attempts on the season. Beck averages 8.9 points per game and ranks 10th in the MWC in both assists (2.8 apg.) and steals (1.56 spg.).
Junior Brooke Cultra, who started the team's first 14 games of the season but has come off the bench in the last two contests, ranks third on the team in scoring (9.2 ppg.) and is second to Steele in rebounding (5.5 rpg.). She also leads the team in assists (3.06 apg.), ranking seventh in the MWC, and ranks sixth in the conference in blocks per game (1.06).
Overall, the Falcons are sixth in the Mountain West in scoring offense (61.6 ppg.), and rank eighth in scoring defense, allowing 66.2 points per game. The team ranks as one of the top free-throw shooting teams in the conference (72 percent) and are third, just behind CSU in 3-point shooting percentage (.348).
The Series Rundown
Colorado State holds a 29-8 advantage in the all-time series with Air Force, including a 15-2 record at Moby Arena. The Series began in 1979, with Air Force winning the first two matchups. From 1992-2005 the Rams defeated the Falcons in 20 consecutive games. Last season, CSU defeated Air Force twice in regular-season play, but fell 47-46 at the MWC tournament.
29-8 Overall | 15-2 Home | 13-5 Away | 1-1 Neutral
11/13/79 - L, 83-94; Fort Collins
12/10/79 - L, 79-84; Colo. Springs
11/18/80 - W, 82-71; Colo. Springs
12/08/81 - W, 82-69; Fort Collins
02/23/82 - W, 75-60; Colo. Springs
02/03/83 - L, 71-73; Colo. Springs
02/23/83 - W, 95-74; Fort Collins
01/19/85 - W, 71-47; Fort Collins
12/04/85 - L, 68-71; Colo. Springs
12/02/86 - W, 76-59; Fort Collins
01/31/87 - W, 76-73; Colo. Springs
11/27/90 - L, 66-75; Colo. Springs
01/04/92 - W, 71-68; Fort Collins
01/02/97 - W, 64-55; Colo. Springs
02/01/97 - W, 61-46; Fort Collins
01/01/98 - W, 97-59; Fort Collins
01/31/98 - W, 97-46; Colo. Springs
01/28/99 - W, 97-32; Fort Collins
02/27/99 - W, 97-70; Colo. Springs
01/26/00 - W, 91-73; Fort Collins
02/24/00 - W, 67-45; Colo. Springs
01/25/01 - W, 88-53; Fort Collins
02/24/01 - W, 73-44; Colo. Springs
02/02/02 - W, 63-55; Colo. Springs
02/27/02 - W, 84-40; Fort Collins
03/06/02 - W, 79-68; Las Vegas
01/25/03 - W, 89-49; Fort Collins
02/20/03 - W, 62-41; Colo. Springs
02/07/04 - W, 83-46; Fort Collins
03/04/04 - W, 75-58; Colo. Springs
02/03/05 - W, 63-42; Colo. Springs
03/05/05 - W, 75-40; Fort Collins
02/02/06 - L, 60-76; Fort Collins
03/04/06 - L, 65-79; Colo. Springs
01/04/07 - W, 65-56; Colo. Springs
02/04/07 - W, 61-49; Fort Collins
03/06/07 - L, 46-47; Las Vegas
Rams vs. The Mountain West
Colorado State women's basketball is 58-61 (.487) all-time in Mountain West Conference action.
Rams at Moby vs. MWC
Colorado State women's basketball is 37-21 (.649) all-time at Moby Arena against Mountain West Conference.
Despite a strong second-half effort at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, the Colorado State women's basketball team was unable to overcome a season-most 25 turnovers - which led to 22 Lady Frogs' points - falling at TCU, 70-52, and dropping to 0-9 on the road this season.
Once again, 3-point shooting provided the bulk of the offensive output for Colorado State. Junior Kandy Beemer and freshman Bonnie Barbee tied for the team lead with nine points in the contest, each pouring in three 3-pointers. Barbee's scoring effort marked a career best. Senior guard Sara Hunter added eight points, including two treys, giving her 200 career 3-pointers at Colorado State, second most all-time (Becky Hammon, 365).
Junior Amaka Uzomah, who got off to a slow start early this season, came into her own against the Lady Frogs, matching up with the athletic TCU frontcourt and leading all rebounders with 10 boards in the contest, including five offensive rebounds which ties for the most by a CSU player in a single game this season.
Uzomah also recorded a block in the contest, one of three rejections by the CSU defense. The other two blocks came courtesy of junior forward Carine Reimink, who leads the team in the category and has recorded at least one block in six consecutive games.
For the Record
Senior guard Sara Hunter continues to move up the career charts at CSU. Against TCU, Hunter moved into 14th place on the all-time scoring list and is now just 36 points shy of surpassing Vanessa Espionza for 13th. Hunter also became just the second player in CSU history to eclipse 200 career 3-pointers, adding two treys at TCU. See Page 5 of this release to track Hunter's rise up the Rams' career record book.
The Rams remain in Fort Collins to host Mountain West preseason favorite and nationally ranked Wyoming on Saturday at Moby Arena. The Cowgirls, who rank 18th in this week's A.P. Top 25 poll, are 16-1 (4-0 MWC) and sit atop the conference standings. The Cowgirls are coming off of a 65-49 victory over San Diego State and play host to UNLV at 7 p.m. MT on Wednesday.