Jan. 27, 2014
Colorado State vs. Nevada | Game 19
Jan. 29 | 7 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||NEVADA WOLF PACK|
Colorado State (14-4, 6-1 MW) is back home to begin a two-game home stand with Nevada (9-9, 4-3 MW) Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT at Moby Arena (8,745).
Due to the addition of two teams, San Jose State and Utah State, to the Mountain West this season, the Rams and Wolf Pack will meet up just once this year. CSU's other one-time opponent will be Boise State on Feb. 19.
With a 5-13 record at this point last year, the Rams are off to their best start in 12 years, winning 10 of their last 11, and they're looking to extend their win streak to four games in the midst of 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.
- The Wolf Pack is 4-3 through the first seven games of MW play, and 1-2 on the road with losses at Wyoming (72-64) and Boise State (67-64).
- Nevada has started a win streak, with two three-point victories over Fresno State (63-60) and Wyoming (72-69) at home. UNR has now won four of the last five.
- In Saturday's game vs. Wyoming, Nevada created opportunities on 17 Cowgirl turnovers, scoring 18 points. The Wolf Pack held off Wyoming, despite two players that scored 20-plus points. Terilyn Moe was one of three in double figures, and she converted 10 of 11 from the line.
- UNR outrebounds its opponents by a margin of 5.3 boards per game. The team has won just once this season when being outrebounded, in its last game vs. Wyoming. The team leads the conference in rebounds (46.4), with its best performance coming on the defensive end of the court (30.7; first MW).
- The Wolf Pack is second in the league in free-throw percentage, with a .759 conversion rate in league action. Moe leads the league individually with an impressive .927. The team is second to the Rams in field-goal percentage defense at .362.
- Mimi Mungedi is just below Sam Martin in the standings in both field-goal percentage (.553; third) and blocks (1.3; tied-fourth). The 6-7 junior from Gabon averages a team-leading 7.3 boards per game in conference play.
- UNR has two players averaging double figures in league action, Moe (12.7) and Danika Sharp (12.6). Moe draws the most fouls, with 41 trips to the line through seven games, while Sharp's scoring threat comes mostly from beyond the arc.
Series vs. the Wolf Pack
- Wednesday's meeting is the seventh game between the two schools. CSU has the upper hand in the series, with an 5-1 record over UNR all-time.
- CSU is 2-0 in Fort Collins. The two teams renewed the rivalry last season after a 12-year hiatus.
- Head Coach Ryun Williams is 2-0 vs. Nevada, with a two-game sweep over the Wolf Pack last season.
A win will...
- Ensure a final record of .500 or higher with 15 total wins on the year. The Rams haven't finished a season at or above .500 since the 2004-05 campaign.
- Tie the most wins since the 2004-05 season when the Rams finished 15-13 overall.
- Surpass the total number of home victories from last season with nine on the season, making it the highest number of Moby wins since 2011-12, when the Rams went 10-3.
- Give CSU a chance to go up 1.5 games on Fresno State with a Bulldogs' loss at Wyoming (tipoff at 7 p.m.). FS has its first bye this weekend.
Last time at Nevada (March 9, 2013)
A late put-back from Hayley Thompson proved to be the winner over Nevada, 53-51, at the Lawlor Events Center.
The win was the Rams' (11-18, 7-9 MW) third on the road this year and the third in Mountain West action. Three road wins is the most CSU victories away from Moby in league play since 2002. Nevada closed out the regular season at 7-22 overall, with a 2-14 mark in league play.
Nevada opened the contest firing shots from beyond the arc, scoring its first nine points from three-point range, but through two Wolf Pack scoring droughts of nearly 6 and 2.5 minutes, the Rams took advantage, increasing their lead to as many as seven in the first frame.
CSU elongated its lead to double figures early in the second, but the Rams scored just four points in nearly an 8-minute span, allowing the Wolf Pack to take the lead with 4 minutes remaining. Alicia Nichols went to the line twice, shooting 2-of-4 to knot the game at 51 with 1 minute to play.
An offensive board gave Nevada possession for 40 seconds in the final minute, but with quick hands, Ladeyah Forte stole the ball and ran down the court for the layup. She missed it, but Hayley Thompson was there for the put back. The Wolf Pack had the final 18 seconds, but they were unable to convert.
Mandy Makeever scored a career-high 12 points, converting four threes. Meghan Heimstra led the team with 13, Nichols tallied 10, while Hayley Thompson corralled 11 of the glass, also a career high.
The Rams out-rebounded the Wolf Pack on the offensive glass for the first time this season in MW play 12-10. CSU was able to make use, scoring 17 second chance points.
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