Feb. 17, 2014
Colorado State vs. Boise State | Game 25
Feb. 19 | 7 p.m. MT | Boise, Idaho | Taco Bell Arena (12,400)
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||BOISE STATE BRONCOS|
Colorado State (20-4, 12-1 MW) is on the road to challenge vs. Boise State (14-9, 9-3 MW), which currently ranks second in the league standings. Tipoff on Wednesday is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT at Taco Bell Arena (12,400).
With an 8-15 record at this point last year, the Rams have made a big turnaround, and just secured their first 20-win campaign in 11 years under Head Coach Ryun Williams, now in his second season. The team is off to its best start in 15 years, winning 16 of its last 17, and the Rams are looking to extend their win streak to 10 games in the midst of conference play.
Wednesday's game will be the fourth Play4Kay Pink Out contest in five games for CSU. The Rams are undefeated in Pink Out games this season.
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 a second-round matchup with 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 Boise State
- The Broncos were picked to finish one spot below the Rams in eighth in the Mountain West, but thanks in large part to junior Oregon transfer Deanna Weaver, Boise State has turned a 5-6 non-conference record to 9-3 in MW action.
- Weaver was ineligible for the first half of the season due to NCAA transfer rules. She now leads the team in both scoring (14.5) and rebounding (6.2).
- She isn't the only threat, however. With four more players averaging double figures, the Broncos have a similar offensive attack to the Rams. Miquelle Askew scores 13.5 points per game, followed by Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego with 10.3 and Lexie Der with 10.2.
- Defensively the Broncos' Askew and Der each average 6.0 boards per game, trailing Weaver by a close margin.
- The Broncos are coming off a bye with fresh legs as they challenge the Rams on their home court Wednesday. In last week's matchup at New Mexico, Weaver and Rodriguez Ortego scored a career highs of 33 and 24 points, respectively. Thirteen of Rodriguez Ortego's points came in the overtime period as Boise State got the edge over the Lobos at the Pit, 86-80.
- Boise State has won eight of its last nine games and is currently riding a two-game win streak. The Broncos are 10-2 at Taco Bell Arena this season, with close losses to non-conference opponents Southern Utah (90-86) and San Francisco (76-60) early this season.
- The Broncos are a threat from three-point range, ranking first in the MW in both percentage and threes made at .397 and 9.0, respectively. Boise State has three players ranked in the top 15 in both of those categories. The Broncos also lead the league in turnover margin (plus-4.0).
Series vs. the Broncos
- Wednesday's meeting is the eighth game between the two schools. CSU has a slight edge in the series, with a 4-3 advantage over Boise State all-time.
- The Rams are 2-1 in Boise. CSU's only loss in Idaho was back on Nov. 29, 1991.
- Head Coach Ryun Williams is 2-0 in his career vs. Boise State, with a regular-season sweep over the Broncos last season.
A win will...
- Clinch the most wins ever for CSU in the Mountain West, with 13 league victories.
- Secure the most wins overall since 2002-03, when Colorado State finished 21-13.
- Bring the Rams' win streak to 10 games, the longest streak since 1998-99, when CSU produced its best record in program history at 33-3, which included a 19-game run.
- Extend the longest win streak ever for the Rams during 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.
- Ensure the highest number of road wins the program has had in 15 years, since the 1998-99 campaign, with nine.
- Move CSU 3.5 games ahead of its closest competition, Boise State, in the MW standings.
Last time vs. Boise State (March 2, 2013)
Colorado State's phenomenal first half performance carried over throughout the rest of the game for a 72-60 win over Boise State at Moby Arena.
At the half, Colorado State (10-17, 6-8 MW) led 37-29, senior Meghan Heimstra already had 14 points and five rebounds. CSU's 37 first-half points over Boise State (11-16, 4-10 MW), tied for the most the Rams have put up in a 20-minute period all season, aside from the game vs. Division-II South Dakota Mines. The Rams ended the half with all the momentum thanks to junior Alicia Nichols' huge block right at the buzzer.
Heimstra ended the game with a career-high 25 points. The senior also recorded nine rebounds, three blocks and three assists. She also recorded a career-high in field-goals made with 10.
Junior Sam Martin recorded 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks while playing 29 minutes, the fewest time from any of the starters.
CSU had a season-low seven turnovers against Boise State. The last time Colorado State met up with Boise State the team recorded only eight turnovers. Colorado State recorded also 10 steals against the Broncos.
Freshman Caitlin Duffy scored 13 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. Sophomore Ladeyah Forte recorded 10 assists, six points, and three steals. Junior Hayley Thompson pulled down nine rebounds while also putting up seven points, two steals, and two assists.
CSU's 72 points was the most the Rams have put up this season, aside from the game vs. Division-II South Dakota Mines.
Colorado State wraps up its two-game road stretch in the first installment of the Border War on Saturday. Tipoff vs. Wyoming at Arena Auditorium is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT.
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