Feb. 6, 2014
Colorado State vs. Air Force | Game 22
Feb. 8 | 12 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||AIR FORCE FALCONS|
Colorado State (17-4, 9-1 MW) is home for its annual Play4Kay Pink Out contest vs. Air Force (1-19, 0-10 MW) Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. MT at Moby Arena (8,745).
With a 7-14 record at this point last year, the Rams are inching closer to their first 20-win campaign in 11 years under Head Coach Ryun Williams, now in his second year. The team is off to its best start in 12 years, winning 13 of its last 14, and the Rams are looking to extend their win streak to seven games in the midst of conference play.
The Rams are looking to complete their third regular-season sweep with a win over Air Force Saturday. 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 Boise State or Wyoming. Both of those schools, in addition to second-round matchups with Fresno State and UNLV, 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.
Students to receive free pink waffles, froyo at AFA game
Saturday's game 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.
About Air Force
- The Falcons have been winless since the last time they met up with the Rams just 21 days ago, but AFA extended a game into overtime at home vs. Nevada last week (84-74). Down by as much as 17 points, the Falcons surged in the second half, scoring 43 points and converting a season-best .857 from the charity stripe, but their good fortune ended in the overtime period, allowing UNR to pull away for the win.
- Camille Thompson (10.9) and Jimi Blagowsky (10.7) lead the team in scoring. Blagowsky is the team's deep threat, with 33 treys on the year. Defensively the Falcons have eight players averaging over 3.0 rebounds per game. Madeleine Philpot leads the team with 4.3.
- AFA's two best statistical performances are in the categories of assists (13.9; seventh) and three-pointers made (5.2 per game; sixth). The Falcons hit a season-best 15 threes at the dawn of MW action at Utah State, falling to the Aggies by just 10 points.
- Senior Cherae Medina ranks first in the league during conference play in assists per game, averaging 6.0 per contest. She is ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.5.
Series vs. the Falcons
- Saturday's meeting is the 52nd game between the two schools. CSU has the upper hand in the series, with a 40-11 advantage over AFA all-time.
- The Rams are an impressive 20-3 in Fort Collins. The last setback CSU suffered at home vs. the Falcons was on Jan. 23, 2008, when the team finished its season winless in Mountain West play.
- Head Coach Ryun Williams is 3-0 in his career vs. AFA with a victory earlier this season in Colorado Springs.
A win will...
- Extend the Rams' win streak to seven games, tying their longest streak in Mountain West play since 2000-01.
- Secure the most wins since the 2002-03 season when Colorado State finished 21-13 overall.
- Be the first time CSU obtained 10 league victories since 2001-02, when the Rams finished 12-2 in MW action.
- Tie the most home wins since 2004-05, when the Rams went 11-5.
- Keep CSU at least two games ahead of both Boise State and Fresno State in first place in the MW standings. The Broncos play Utah State at home, while the Bulldogs travel to SJSU Saturday. Tipoff for each game is 2 and 3 p.m. MT, respectively.
Last time at Air Force (Jan. 18, 2014)
The Colorado State women's basketball team earned its 13th victory of the season at Clune Arena, with a dominant performance over the Falcons, 87-49.
The win for the Rams (13-4, 5-1 MW) matches the most road wins in 10 years at five. It also ties for most victories overall in two years, when the team finished 13-17. Head Coach Ryun Williams is now 24-23 in the midst of his second season at CSU, the first time he's been over the .500 mark during his tenure with the Rams since November of 2012.
Senior Sam Martin moved up the all-time scoring list at CSU Saturday afternoon with 17 points, shooting a perfect 7-7 on the day. She now ranks ninth with 1,371 career points. Her next obstacle is Heather Haanen (1997-01), who ranks eighth with 1,394 career points.
After a lot of back-and-forth action with Air Force (1-15, 0-6 MW) in the opening minutes, CSU jumped out to a 12-point lead on a 14-4 run midway through the first frame. The Rams built up more of a cushion, and extended their lead to 16 at halftime on a perfectly executed three-ball from junior Gritt Ryder on an in-bounds pass with 2.0 seconds on the clock.
With that trey as time expired Ryder was the first to double figures for Colorado State. She finished the afternoon with 11 points, sitting the bench early in the second half due to foul trouble. AJ Newton and Caitlin Duffy joined her with 13 and 11, respectively, combining for four converted baskets beyond the arc.
Colorado State travels to Utah State (10-11, 4-6 MW) for its annual Pink Out game on Wednesday. Tipoff at the Spectrum is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
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