Jan. 23, 2014
Colorado State at New Mexico | Game 18
Jan. 25 | 6 p.m. MT | Albuquerque, N.M. | The Pit (15,411)
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||NEW MEXICO LOBOS|
Colorado State (13-4, 5-1 MW) is on the road to challenge a familiar face in New Mexico (7-10, 2-4 MW) Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. MT at The Pit (15,411).
The Rams and Lobos last met just 20 days ago in Moby. CSU defeated New Mexico, 62-50. Aside from two games within 13 days of each other vs. Border War rival Wyoming later this year, this is the quickest turnaround of the season for Colorado State.
The game time was moved to 6 p.m. MT. The Lobos announced the change was made in order to accommodate fans that want to watch the men's contest at 2 p.m. on ESPN3 before attending women's game.
With a 5-11 record at this point last year, the Rams are off to their best start in 12 years, and are looking to extend their win streak to three games in conference play.
The game will be broadcast live on AM 1410 KIIX. Matt Wozniak, now in his fifth season with the Rams, calls all the action. Live game video will also be available via the Mountain West Network at CSURams.com/videos.
About New Mexico
- The Lobos are 2-4 through the first six games of MW play. UNM's four losses came to the top four teams in the league standings.
- The Lobos are suffering from a three-game losing streak, which ties their longest of the season.
- In the team's last loss the Lobos struggled defensively at Boise State (74-60), allowing the Broncos an over 50 percent conversion rate from the field.
- At the Pit, New Mexico is 6-4 on the year and 2-1 in conference play.
- Fresno State got the better end of a close contest last weekend, snapping a four-game home-court win streak for the Lobos, 75-73.
- A common opponent with CSU, Colorado was responsible for one of UNM's setbacks at home in late November. The Buffaloes won by over 30 points, 85-53.
- UNM has three players averaging double figures in league action, Sara Halasz (13.2), Antiesha Brown (12.7) and Deeva Vaughn (11.3). Halasz (7.5) and Kianna Keller (6.3) lead the team in rebounds.
- New Mexico is second, just behind CSU, in field-goal percentage at .442, but it's last in field-goal percentage defense (.449). The team is first in rebounding defense (32.0), second in both defensive and offensive rebounding percentage (.699 and .393, respectively), and runner-up in blocks (4.3).
Series vs. the Lobos
- Saturday's meeting is the 71st game between the two schools. New Mexico has the upper hand in the series, with an 39-31 record over the Rams all-time.
- CSU is 10-22 in Albuquerque, and hasn't gotten a road win since Jan. 8, 1998, in director of operations, Kim Austin Mbadinga-Nzamba's, senior season.
- Head Coach Ryun Williams is 1-2 vs. New Mexico, with a win over the Lobos earlier this season.
A win will...
- Tie the most wins since the 2010-11 season when the Rams finished 14-16 overall.
- Match the highest number of road wins the program has had in 12 years, since the 2001-02 campaign, with six.
- Give CSU a chance to earn sole possession of first-place for the first time this season with a UNLV loss at Fresno State (tipoff at 3 p.m.).
- Be the second Rams' victory over the Lobos this season, and the first regular-season sweep and win at The Pit in 16 years.
Last vs. New Mexico (Jan. 5, 2014)
After fighting hard through each possession, the Colorado State women's basketball team defeated the New Mexico Lobos, 62-50. In the second conference game of the season, the Rams improved to 10-3 on the year (2-0 MW), while the Lobos fell to 5-7 (0-1 MW).
Colorado State went into halftime on a 12-0 point run, with a 33-28 over the Lobos, after overcoming some first-half setbacks. Senior Sam Martin was limited on the court due to foul trouble, but sophomore Emilie Hesseldalprovided relief. The Rams also gave the Lobos 10 points in the first half alone, due to seven turnovers.
Despite the foul trouble, Martin led the Rams with a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Colorado native tied her career high with six offensive rebounds, two steals, one block, and one assist.
Freshman Elin Gustavsson added 12 points for Colorado State, with five rebounds, and one steal, while freshman Ellen Nystromhelped the Rams offensively with 11 points, seven rebounds, added two assists and one steal.
Before today, the Lobos were ranked first in the Mountain West in rebounding margin, but Colorado State was able to out-rebound them 40 to 37.
The Rams held New Mexico's leading scorer, junior Antiesha Brown who averages 13.6 points per game, to 10 points.
Sophomore Caitlin Duffy added 10 points for Colorado State, while adding six rebounds and two steals.
Colorado State returns for a two-game home stand beginning with Nevada (8-9, 3-3 MW) on Wednesday. Tipoff at Moby Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
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