Feb. 4, 2014
Colorado State at UNLV | Game 21
Feb. 5 | 8 p.m. MT | Las Vegas, Nev. | Cox Pavilion (2,500)
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||UNLV LADY REBELS|
Colorado State (16-4, 8-1 MW) is on the road to see UNLV (9-12, 6-3 MW) for the first time this season on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT at the Cox Pavilion (2,500).
With a 6-14 record at this point last year, the Rams have turned the program around quickly in Head Coach Ryun Williams second year. The team is off to its best start in 12 years, winning 12 of their last 13, and the Rams are looking to extend their win streak to six games in the midst of conference play.
After finishing a regular-season series with two teams already, CSU will meet up with UNLV for the first time this year. With the addition of two teams to the conference this season, schedule shuffling prevented the teams from playing two identical rounds, so the Rams have yet to see UNLV, Boise State or Wyoming. All three of those schools rank in the top half of the league standings, making for a tough stretch leading to the conference tournament in March.
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.
- After finishing their non-conference schedule with a 3-9 record, the Rebels have stormed back during the MW slate, at 6-3 in their first nine league games.
- Like the Rams, UNLV lost to Fresno State. The two teams have met up twice already. The Bulldogs won both of the home-and-home matchups by over 15 points.
- The Rebels' most recent setback was their largest of the season at Boise State on Saturday, 79-49. A scoring drought lasting over 5 minutes in the first half, sent the Broncos on a 13-0 run that UNLV would never recover from. The team committed 21 turnovers in the game.
- UNLV leads the conference in three-point percentage (.418) and steals (11.6). The team also ranks ahead of the Rams in turnover margin (plus-3.0), despite Saturday's loss.
- The Rebels are led by both Danielle Miller and Alana Cesarz in scoring. Miller has averaged 13.6 points per game in conference play, while Cesarz is just behind her at 13.3. Mia Bell rounds out the double-digit scoring with 11.7 points per contest.
- Aley Rohde leads the team, and is third in the MW, in rebounding at 7.9 boards per game in league play. Bell, Miller and Haynes each rank in the top 10 in steals.
Series vs. the Rebels
- Wednesday's meeting is the 39th game between the two schools. CSU has the upper hand in the series, with a 22-16 advantage over UNLV all-time.
- The Rams are 9-11 in Las Vegas, and Rebels have won the past three matchups at the Cox Pavilion.
- Head Coach Ryun Williams is 1-1 in his career vs. UNLV.
A win will...
- Extend the Rams' win streak to six games, their longest streak in Mountain West play since 2000-01.
- Secure the most wins since the 2003-04 season when Colorado State finished 17-12 overall.
- Tie the most conference victories since 2011-12, when the Rams went 9-5 in MW action.
- Ensure the highest number of road wins the program has had in 13 years, since the 2000-01 campaign, with seven.
- Keep CSU one game ahead of Boise State in first place in the MW standings. The Broncos play at San Diego State Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
Last time vs. UNLV (Feb. 20, 2013)
A first half lead gave Colorado State the momentum to take the game, 60-44, from UNLV at Moby Arena.
The win puts the Rams (8-15, 5-6 MW) in a tie for fifth place in the Mountain West with New Mexico. CSU has now won two games in a row.
In the first half, Colorado State went on a 14-0 run before UNLV scored their first points nearly eight minutes to begin the game.
Junior Sam Martin led the Rams with 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a block, and a steal. Martin tied her career-high three-point shots made, sinking 4-of-7. The Colorado native is now just five blocks away from recording 100 career blocks.
Senior Meghan Heimstra hit 800 career points with 10 on the night, as well as two blocks, an assist and a steal. The lone senior recorded her first double-double of the season, pulling down 13 boards. This is the second time this season Heimstra has obtained double-digits on the glass.
Before meeting with Colorado State, UNLV (10-15, 6-6) senior Kelli Thompson, who is the Mountain West’s leading scorer, was averaging 24.8 points over the past five games. Thompson ended the night with 10 points, shooting 4-of-22 from the field.
Colorado State continues to show strong defensive talent, holding the Lady Rebels to 44 points, while the team averages 63.0 points per game.
Students to receive free pink waffles, froyo at AFA game
Saturday’s game vs. Air Force will be more than just a Pink Out to recognize those affected by breast cancer, the department of athletics is planning a day centered on women’s health.
Fans will notice an influx of pink in Moby Arena during the game which tips off at 12 p.m. MT. Athletics will be providing free pink waffles to students with a valid ID (while supplies last), and TCBY will providing all fans with free pink frozen yogurt.
Head Coach Ryun Williams has led the women’s program to its best start in 12 seasons and has them eyeing the program’s first postseason appearance since 2004. The Rams, who are in first place in the Mountain West standings, are playing an exciting brand of basketball, winning 12 of the past 13 games.
The game has also been dubbed CSU’s “Pack the House” contest. The NCAA "Pack the House" initiative is in its seventh year of existence and was created to assist in growing the game of women's basketball. It challenges programs to generate its highest attendance of the season; and with the success the Rams have enjoyed so far, the team is hoping to play in front of its largest crowd in years.
UCHealth will be in attendance with informational material on the new cancer center being built on its Harmony Campus. UCHealth broke ground last month and the project is expected to be completed this year.
Tickets are available at a reduced price at just $4, and $2 from each ticket purchased will be donated towards the cancer center. The players will don their pink uniforms for the second time in the program’s history. The Rams are 1-0 all-time in pink jerseys.
Doors will open at 11. Fans can purchase tickets online at CSURams.com or by calling 1-800-491-RAMS
Colorado State is home for the annual Pink Out contest vs. Air Force (1-18, 0-9 MW) Saturday. Tipoff at Moby Arena is scheduled for 12 p.m. MT.
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