Jan. 26, 2012
CSU at San Diego State | Game 21
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS|
Colorado State (8-12, 4-1 MW) is in the hunt for first place in the Mountain West. If the Rams defeat San Diego State (15-4, 5-0) Saturday, they will be in the top spot. The Rams tip off at 1 p.m. MT.
The Rams are in for a tough matchup in San Diego as they will try and snap an 11-game win streak. As of this week, SDSU is receiving votes in the AP poll.
CSU is currently tied for second place in the MW. A win on Saturday would put CSU into a tie for first place with San Diego State and possibly UNLV, if the Rebels beat Air Force that same day. If that happens, then CSU would host UNLV on Wednesday in a 1-vs.-1 matchup at Moby Arena.
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 televised live on CBS Sports Network. Tammy Blackburn (play-by-play) and Brent Stover (color analysis) will be the commentators. This is the Rams' fourth televised game in January.
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.
Rams vs. Aztecs series...
Saturday's meeting between Colorado State and San Diego State will be the 42nd game between the two schools. This is Head Coach Kristen Holt's seventh contest vs. the Aztecs. Under her watch the Rams have defeated SDSU two times, sweeping the Aztecs last season, snapping a six-game series losing streak. Holt is 2-4 vs. SDSU.
The Rams are 17-24 vs. San Diego State with a 5-14 record in San Diego.
Last season vs. SDSU...
Feb. 2, 2011 (away): The game was undecided all the way down to the final seconds, but it was free throws that sealed the win for the Rams over the Aztecs at Viejas Arena, 56-51.
Seven team fouls to only one SDSU (8-12, 2-6) foul early in the second half allowed the Aztecs to take a one-point lead with 13:43 remaining. The teams exchanged baskets for the next 9.5 minutes with eight lead changes. Chantel Kennedy then hit two layups in a row to maintain a lead in the final minutes.
March 5, 2011 (home): Playing its regular-season finale, and Senior Day at Moby Arena, the Colorado State women's basketball team saved its best performance for last, defeating the San Diego State Aztecs, 66-51.
Trailing by eight points at halftime, 34-26, the Rams got the spark they needed, holding the Aztecs scoreless through the first three minutes, 19 seconds of the second half, knotting the score at 40-40 with 13:56 to play.
The Rams never let off the gas, using a 13-6 run over the next 5:28 to extend their lead to nine. Soon after, the lead reached double digits, where it remained for the final 3:24 of the contest. The Rams' defense held the Aztecs to five points over the final 8:22 of the contest, and outscored them 40-17 in the second half.
About San Diego State...
- San Diego State's 11-game win streak is the fifth-longest active streak in the nation. The four teams with longer streaks are all ranked in the top 12 in the national polls. It's the Aztecs' longest win streak since 1996-97.
- This is SDSU's best start to the conference season since joining the MW. In 2010, the Aztecs got off to a 3-0 start before obtaining their first loss.
- After going 12-17 last season, San Diego State has already passed its win total from last year. With one more win the team will match its league wins from the 2010-11 campaign.
- This is the second time the Aztecs have received votes in the AP poll this season. After getting an upset win over No. 18 DePaul in late November, SDSU also received the voters' attention.
- The team leads the league in every margin statistic available since MW play began. The Aztecs average a plus-14.6 scoring margin, a plus-6.2 rebounding margin and plus-4.4 turnover margin.
- Junior Courtney Clements, who is fourth in the league rankings in scoring (18.0), has equaled or surpassed the 20-point mark in three out of the past four games.
- In addition to Clements, Kiyana Stamps (11.8) and Chelsea Hopkins (11.2) are the other two players averaging double figures for the Aztecs.
- Hopkins, a junior, ranks 13th in the nation with 116 assists on the year. Since conference play began, she is averaging a league-leading 7.2 per game. She leads the MW in assist-to-turnover ratio with 2.6 assists to every turnover. She also is tied with Kim Mestdagh in the lead for steals per game with 2.8.
- An all-around player, Hopkins leads the team on the boards as well, averaging 7.2 in league play. Clements follows closely behind with 6.2 rebounds per game.
Last time out...
The Colorado State women's basketball team came back to win against the New Mexico Lobos, 61-54, on Wednesday night at Moby Arena. This is the first time the Rams have been 4-1 to start the conference since the 2001-02 season.
New Mexico (6-13, 0-5) started the game on a 12-2 run by shooting two three-pointers. CSU (8-12, 4-1) found its own rhythm and led at halftime. In the first half, Colorado State's field-goal percentage went from 12.5 on the first nine shots to 66.7 on the final 18 shots of the half.
Senior Kim Mestdagh scored 19 points and had three steals and three assists.
Meghan Heimstra recorded 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three steals while playing 28 minutes.
With three minutes to go in the game, Mestdagh hit a three-pointer to mark the Rams' biggest lead of the night and put the game out of reach for New Mexico.
Sam Martin had 15 points and seven rebounds while in foul trouble. She only played eight minutes in the second half. Sophomore Hayley Thompson recorded seven rebounds. Freshman LaDeyah Forte registered six assists.
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