Game notes: Rams defend second place vs. Frogs
Feb. 9, 2012
Colorado State (10-13, 6-2 MW) hosts TCU (17-5, 0-7) Saturday at Moby Arena. The Rams will look to defend second place in the standings, and they'll have a chance to move into first by the end of regulation. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. MT.
CSU is off to its best start in conference play since 2001-02 when the Rams finished 12-2 in the Mountain West. Colorado State is currently in second place in the league standings. With a win, and a San Diego State loss at home to UNLV, the Rams would move into a tie for first place with the Aztecs. The Rebels tip off at Viejas Arena at 3 p.m. MT.
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 commentating from the sidelines.
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. Frogs series...
The Rams are 3-13 vs. the Frogs overall with a 2-6 record in Fort Collins. All three wins came in the first three games of the series. CSU has since gone on a 13-game losing streak against TCU.
Last time at TCU: Jan. 14, 2012...
CSU fell to 5-12 (1-1 Mountain West) while TCU got one game closer to .500 at 8-9 (1-1 MW). It was the first contest the Rams lost this season while shooting above 45.1 percent from the floor.
TCU opened the game on a 15-0 run before CSU sank its first field goal at the 15:41 mark in the first half. The team fought hard to stay in the game in the first half, pulling within four points, but hot shooting by the Frogs kept the Rams at bay.
It seemed like the Frogs could not miss from three-point range for much of the game. A team that normally makes just five per game from beyond the arc, connected on 12, shooting a .417 percentage.
Colorado State in the first half shot 50.0 percent from the floor, and an impressive 71.4 percent from three-point range, but it wasn't enough to keep up with TCU, which recorded a .567 percentage in the first stanza, scoring 45 points. It was a drastic reversal from recent matchups, as the Horned Frogs were held to 44 and 46 respective points in their previous two contests.
CSU's LaDeyah Forte had a stellar afternoon, setting a career high with 17 points, shooting 66.7 percent. Kim Mestdagh scored her highest point total since Dec. 20 vs. Michigan State, with 13. The Rams' Sam Martin was the game's leading scorer with 28 points, tying her career high set earlier this season at Denver (Nov. 23).
Last time out...
It was the Rams (10-13, 6-2 MW) third win on the road this season. It was also the third time this season that CSU held its opponent to 25.0 percent or lower from the field. The Falcons (5-18, 0-8) were also victims of the Rams' defense earlier this season at Moby Arena on Jan. 11, shooting only 18.6 percent.
The Rams tied their largest victory margin of 2011-12, winning by 38 points after beating Maryville by the same margin earlier in the year.
CSU held the Falcons scoreless for almost six minutes to begin the contest on a 10-0 run. The Rams later increased their lead to 29 on an 18-2 run to close out the first stanza. The team didn't let up in the second, improving its lead to as many as 50 points.
LaDeyah Forte had an impressive afternoon with nine assists to only one turnover. Coming into the game Forte was second in the conference in assists and assists-to-turnover ratio.
Sam Martin was the Rams' leading scorer with 20 points, including a perfect 7-7 from the line. Kim Mestdagh joined her in double figures with 18 points, including a flawless 6-6 from the charity stripe. The senior also tied a career high with eight assists.
Morgan Hunt tallied a career-high eight rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. She also scored a Mountain West best eight points.