Feb. 10, 2014
Colorado State at Utah State | Game 23
Feb. 12 | 7 p.m. MT | Logan, Utah | Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||UTAH STATE AGGIES|
Colorado State (18-4, 10-1 MW) is on the road for a matchup at Utah State (10-12, 4-7 MW) Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270).
With a 7-14 record at this point last year, the Rams have made a big turnaround and 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 14 of its last 15, and the Rams are looking to extend their win streak to eight games in the midst of conference play.
Wednesday's game will be the third consecutive Play4Kay Pink Out contest for CSU. The Rams are undefeated in Pink Out games this season.
The Rams are looking to complete their fourth regular-season sweep with a win over Utah State Wednesday. 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 or KIIXCountry.com. 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.
About Utah State
- The Aggies are looking to snap a two-game skid, with losses last week on the road to Nevada (70-66) and Boise State (83-62).
- After missing the past 11 games to injury, Makenlee Williams made her first appearance on the court last week. She scored 15 points off the bench. Williams ranks as the second-leading scorer on the team with 17.3 points per game.
- Jennifer Schlott tops the team's scoring production, with 24.8 points per game. She ranks first in the MW and 5th in the nation. She also ranks 19th in the country (2nd in MW) in assists per game, averaging 6.0. The 5-6 senior just became the school's all-time assists leader with 376 helpers in Saturday's loss at Boise State.
- Franny Vaaulu is also averaging double figures with 10.6 points per contest. Elise Nelson is the team's leading rebounder with 6.6 boards per game.
- The Aggies lead the league in free-throw percentage, fueled by Vaaulu's .867 percentage from the charity stripe. USU is also tied for first with CSU in blocks per game with 4.5.
Series vs. the Aggies
- Wednesday's meeting is the 21st game between the two schools. CSU has the upper hand in the series, with an 11-9 advantage over USU all-time.
- The Rams are 3-4 in Logan. The Rams last played in Utah in 1987. CSU has won the past two series matchups in the Beehive State.
- Head Coach Ryun Williams is 1-0 in his career vs. Utah State with a victory earlier this season in Moby Arena.
A win will...
- Extend the Rams' win streak to eight games, surpassing their longest streak this season and tying the longest streak since 2000-01, when CSU opened the season on an eight-game run.
- Be the longest win streak for the Rams ever in Mountain West play, and approach the longest streak in conference play since the fabled 1998-99 season, when the Rams finished a perfect 14-0 in league action.
- Secure the most wins since the 2002-03 season when Colorado State finished 21-13 overall.
- Be the first time CSU obtained 11 league victories since 2001-02, when the Rams finished 12-2 in MW action.
- Ensure the highest number of road wins the program has had in 15 years, since the 1998-99 campaign, with eight.
- Keep CSU at least two games ahead of Boise State in first place in the MW standings. The Broncos play at New Mexico Wednesday. Tipoff at The Pit is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
Last time vs. Utah State (Jan. 15, 2014)
The Colorado State women's basketball team (12-4, 4-1 MW) returned to its winning ways with a thrilling 88-78 victory over Utah State (8-7, 2-2 MW) at Moby Arena.
Five different Rams scored in double figures, led by sophomore guard Caitlin Duffy who scored 20 points, her second 20-point game of the year. Senior forward Sam Martin was second on the team with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman forward Elin Gustavsson had 16 points and seven rebounds and freshman guard Ellen Nystrom continued her stellar conference-play with 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. In five conference games, Nystrom is averaging 12.0, 8.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
As Colorado State passed the 80-point mark for the fifth time this season, three separate Rams, Martin, Nystrom and junior guard Gritt Ryder, registered double-doubles on the night, marking the first time that that has happened at CSU in 35 years. With 12 wins on the year; the Rams have already increased their win total from a year ago, when the team won 11 games.
From the opening tip, Colorado State's defense set the tone for the game. The Rams held the Aggies scoreless until the 15:14 mark of the first half, as they jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead.
The swarming defense continued throughout the night, as the Rams consistently bothered Utah State's guards and limited the Aggies to just 34 percent shooting on the night. While Utah State struggled to find a rhythm on offense, the Rams were firing on all cylinders, connecting on 52 percent of their shots.
Midway through the first half, CSU used a 13-0 run over 2:47 to extend its lead from five points over Utah State all the way to 18 points at 32-14. The 13-0 run marked the longest scoring run for Colorado State all season.
After scoring just 50 points in their previous game at Fresno State, the Rams raced out to score 53 points in the first half alone, en route to a 23-point lead heading into the intermission.
CSU jumped out to the commanding first-half lead thanks to terrific unselfish play as the Rams registered assists on 16 of their 20 made field goals.
On the day, Ryder led the Rams in that department with 14 assists, including eight in the first half. Her 14 assists set a new career high and are tied for the second-most in Colorado State history, and the third-most in Mountain West history.
The Rams used that team effort to build up their lead to as much as 31 points on the night, at 72-41 with 11:29 left in the game, before Utah State began to claw back in the final couple of minutes. Led by senior guard Jennifer Schlott's game-high 24 points, the Aggies reduced the final margin to 10 points at 88-78.
Colorado State is back home for one game in a rematch vs. Fresno State (13-9, 7-4 MW). Tipoff at Moby Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT.
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