Jan. 23, 2012
CSU vs. New Mexico | Game 20
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||NEW MEXICO LOBOS|
Colorado State (7-12, 3-1 MW) finalizes a two-game homestand vs. New Mexico (6-12, 0-4). The Rams tip off at 7 p.m. MT Wednesday.
New Mexico visits Fort Collins hoping to snap a four-game losing streak. The Lobos are coming off a 64-50 loss to UNLV at home.
CSU is currently tied for second place in the MW. After Wednesday's game, the Rams will have played every team below them in the standings with a tough two-game stretch ahead, at first-place San Diego State on Saturday, followed by a home game vs. second-place UNLV on Feb. 1.
A win on Wednesday would be the first three-game win streak for the Rams since Jan. 25-Feb. 2 of last season. CSU could also move into a tie for first place, with a San Diego State loss to Wyoming on Tuesday.
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 will 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...
Wednesday's game is a Coke Combo night. Fans receive two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs for only $10.
Rams vs. Lobos series...
Wednesday's meeting between Colorado State and New Mexico will be the 66th game between the two schools. This is Head Coach Kristen Holt's ninth contest vs. the Lobos. Under her watch the Rams have defeated New Mexico two times, both in the friendly confines of Moby Arena. Holt is 2-6 vs. UNM.
The Rams are 29-36 vs. New Mexico with an 18-10 record in Fort Collins.
Last season vs. UNM...
Jan. 12, 2011 (home): CSU looked like a completely different team, bouncing back from a tough loss at Wyoming, earning a victory over New Mexico as the Rams tackled the Lobos, 71-60, at Moby Arena.
Colorado State’s domination shined as it outshot and outrebounded 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 leading 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.
Feb. 12, 2011 (away): The Rams dug themselves a large hole early in the contest at The Pit, and the deficit was too much to overcome. Colorado State fell to the Lobos 86-53.
The Lobos had 14 points off the Rams’ nine turnovers through the first half. Freshman Jasmine Patterson was nearly unstoppable from three-point range. She shot 6-of-8 and tallied 18 points in the first stanza, helping create CSU’s 23-point first-half shortfall.
About New Mexico...
- New Mexico has suffered a few key injuries this season, losing junior guard Sara Halasz for the second consecutive year to a knee injury. Freshman Whitney Johnson is out for the year with a knee injury as well, after playing in the Lobos' first two games. After starting the first 12 games of the season, junior Jourdan Erskine is also out with a stress fracture. The team is hopeful for her return sometime this week. Deeva Vaughn, also a junior, is out for the rest of the season with her third concussion.
- Because of injuries, the Lobos acquired two walk-ons midseason to help out the team. Senior Ashley Rhoades, a volleyball player at UNM, has made the switch to the basketball court. She averages 8.3 minutes per game. New Mexico also added freshman Jaime Parker to the roster. She has played in eight games, averaging 6.5 minutes per contest.
- After 16 years and a 340-167 (.671) record, Don Flanagan stepped down as head coach for the Lobos. Former associate head coach Yvonne Sanchez is in her first season at the helm after 11 seasons with New Mexico.
- The Lobos are winless in Mountain West play, falling to Boise State (65-46) and San Diego State (77-47) on the road. Other than a final-seconds loss vs. Wyoming (52-50), in which Caroline Durbin scored a career-high 29 points, UNM has lost its other three conference games by at least 14 points.
- Led by 6-1 senior Porche Torrance, UNM leads the conference in blocks, averaging 5.6 per game. Torrance enters the game with 47 denials on the year. She is first in the MW and ranks 20th in the nation.
- Torrance is also the leading rebounder on the team with 8.7 boards per game. She is second in scoring with 10.4 points per contest.
- Other than blocks, the only other category New Mexico makes a top three appearance in is three-point field-goal percentage. UNM has hit 37.1 of its three-point attempts, making 13 since conference play began. Durbin, the top scorer for the Lobos with 14.9 points per game, is averaging 50.0 percent beyond the arc this season.
- Similar to the Rams, the Lobos suffer in the turnovers column, averaging 17.4 per game and a minus-3.4 turnover margin. Since league play began, UNM has just one game with less than 20 giveaways.
- Former Lobo Amy Beggin has re-entered the program as the video coordinator. Beggin, a 2010 graduate, was a three-time all-MW selection with 1,423 career points.
Last time out...
Colorado State forced a turnover on a critical defensive stand in the final minute to secure a 62-58 triumph over Wyoming Saturday afternoon at Moby Arena.
The Rams (7-12, 3-1) had a season-low of 11 turnovers in the game. Head Coach Kristen Holt’s second career victory over Wyoming (6-11, 2-2). The Rams also broke the Cowgirls’ four-game winning streak for the all-time series. Entering the game, CSU had lost 13 of 14 meetings with Wyoming since a win on Jan. 28, 2005.
Thompson recorded a season-high nine points. She also collected two steals.
Senior Kim Mestdagh scored 21 points, her second consecutive game over 20. She was 8-for-14 from the field and 3-for-6 beyond the arc. She also collected five rebounds.
Wyoming’s Kayla Woodward scored 23 points, and was 3-of-3 beyond the arc. Wyoming usually shoots 24.3 percent from the three-point line, but Saturday it shot 77.8 percent to stay in the game.
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