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Senior center Marilyn Moulton

Senior center Marilyn Moulton

Feb. 20, 2007

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Game 26:
San Diego State (12-11, 5-7 MWC) at Colorado State (7-18, 2-11 MWC)
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007 • 7 p.m. MT
Fort Collins, Colo. • Moby Arena (8,745)

The Series
Overall Record: SDSU Leads, 18-14
In Fort Collins: CSU Leads, 8-6
In San Diego: SDSU Leads, 11-4
At Neutral Sites: CSU Leads, 2-1
Warden vs SDSU: 3-1

Colorado State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Roth
Color Analyst: Corbu Stathes
Fort Collins: 600 AM KCOL

The Matchup
Colorado State (7-18, 2-11 MWC) will host the San Diego State Aztecs (12-11, 5-7 MWC) on Thursday night at Moby Arena. Tip off is set for 7:05 p.m.

The Aztecs enter the contest as winners of three of their last four contests, including a 55-47 victory over Wyoming on Sunday, and wins over Utah, 71-66, and UNLV, 67-54. All three of those wins, however, came at home, while their lone loss in the month of February came at the hands of last-place Air Force, 60-52, at Clune Arena.

The Rams enter the contest in the midst of a four-game skid in which the CSU played the top four teams in the conference, TCU (85-67), at Utah (64-49), at New Mexico (77-66) and BYU (67-50).

Despite their record over that stretch, Colorado State is playing some of its best basketball of the season, thanks in no small part to the play of junior guard Sara Hunter, who is averaging 18.1 points per game during the month of February.

The Aztecs are led by junior forward Jennifer Layton, who averages 10.6 points per game and pulls down 5.7 rebounds per game, second on the team. Layton, however, has missed the Aztecs' last two games with a sprained ankle.

Quenese Davis, a freshman guard averages 9.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest, and leads the league in asist with 5.5 per contest, more than an assist per game better than BYU's Melinda Johnson who ranks second.

Senior center Desiree Johnson leads the Aztecs with 63 rebounds per game and ranks first in the conference with 1.36 blocks per game, just ahead of Layton who ranks second with 1.24 blocks per game.

Overall, San Diego State ranks just behind Colorado State in scoring offense, averaging 57.6 points per game. Defensively the Aztecs rank seventh, allowing 63.9 points per game. Colorado State's offense averages 60.1 points, while the defense is allowing 68.0 points per game.

SDSU Series
San Diego State holds the all-time advantage, 18-14, againt Colorado State, but the Rams have an 8-6 edge all-time in games played at Moby Arena. Colorado State has won 11 of the last 14 matchups against the Aztecs dating back to the 2001 season, but the Aztecs clipped the Rams earlier this season, 75-66, in San Diego.

SDSU Series Results

14-18, 8-6 Ft Collins, 4-11 San Diego, 2-1 Neutral
1/31/91	L	50-73	San Diego
2/28/91	W	73-69 (ot)	Fort Collins
1/25/92	L	62-101	San Diego
2/20/92	L	74-82	Fort Collins
1/28/93	L	59-82	San Diego
2/27/93	L	60-64	Fort Collins
1/27/94	L	47-53	Fort Collins
2/6/94	L	50-84	San Diego
3/12/94	L	47-51	Salt Lake City
1/28/95	L	46-56	Fort Collins
2/2/95	L	51-73	San Diego
2/1/96	W	66-58	Fort Collins
2/8/96	L	64-66	San Diego
3/8/96	W	64-58	Albuquerque
1/18/97	L	53-70	Fort Collins
2/13/97	L	53-61	San Diego
2/5/00	L	58-68	San Diego
3/4/00	L	51-58	Fort Collins
2/3/01	W	55-54	San Diego
3/1/01	W	81-67	Fort Collins
1/17/02	W	58-49	Fort Collins
2/16/02	W	69-60	San Diego
2/6/03	L	47-60	San Diego
3/7/03	W	81-49	Fort Collins
1/24/04	L	55-58	San Diego
2/19/04	W	65-56	Fort Collins
1/20/05	W	63-50	Fort Collins
2/19/05	W	56-49	San Diego
1/5/06	W	68-65	Fort Collins
2/4/06	W	68-55	San Diego
4/7/06	W	69-58	Denver
1/20/07	L	75-66	San Diego

Magic Number: 60
This season, the Rams are just 1-14 when scoring fewer than 60 points in a contest, and 6-4 when eclipsing 60 points.

Rams vs. MWC
Colorado State women's basketball is 57-56 (.504) all-time in Mountain West Conference action.

Rams vs. MWC At Home
Colorado State women's basketball is 36-19 (.636) all-time at Moby Arena in Mountain West Conference action.

Hunter From Deep
With her first 3-pointer against BYU, junior guard Sara Hunter became just the third player in school history to record 50 or 3-pointers in two different seasons, joining Becky Hammon and Katie Cronin as the only Rams to do so. Hunter's 50 3-pointers, heading into Thursday's matchup with San Diego State currently ranks 12th on the single-season charts, while the 63 she knocked down as a sophomore rank 6th in the Rams' record books.

Moving up the Career Charts
Junior guard Sara Hunter exlipsed both 800 career points and 200 career assists in Wednesday's game at New Mexico. Her 204 career assists currently ranks 20th on the career-charts. She enters Saturday's game against BYU 59 points shy of cracking the top-20 in career scoring.

Nothing But Net For Neal
Freshman guard Emily Neal tallied career-bests with 12 points and five rebounds against BYU. She also led the team with 3 assists and two steals in the contest. She enters Thursday's game against San Diego State just four points shy of 100 for her career.

Double-Double for Cornell
Freshman forward Juanise Cornell recorded her second-career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the contest.

February Fury
Sara Hunter has scored in double digits in the Rams' last seven consecutive games, and nine of their last 11 contests. During the month of February, Hunter is averaging 18.1 points per contest.

Block Party
Senior center Marilyn Moulton's 28 blocks this season ranks 14th in a single season at CSU. With one block against New Mexico and one against BYU, Moulton brings her career-total to 62. Moulton is just seven blocks shy of surpassing Angie Gorton (1998-2002) and entering the top-five on the career charts.

Mason Hits Career-High
Freshman center Nya Mason recorded a career-high scoring output on Wednesday night at New Mexico with a 14-point effort. The 6-2 product from Portland, Ore., shattered her previous career-best of 7 points, set two games earlier against TCU. She finished the game against the Lobos 5-for-9 from the floor. Mason also set career-highs in free throws made (4) and attempted (5) as well as minutes played (14).

Finley For Three
Sophomore forward Kelly Rae Finley, a 6-2 product from Edina, Minn., has proven to be a threat from 3-point range this season, knocking down at least one three in 10 of 16 games played on the season, including five of her last seven entering Thursday's matchup with San Diego State. Finley is hitting at a .393 (11-28) clip from beyond the arc on the season, the best 3-point shooting percentage on the team.

Cornell Crashing Boards
Freshman Juanise Cornell is averaging 8.1 rebounds per game in her last seven contests and has recorded three 10 rebound games during that stretch. With 163 rebounds on the season, Cornell now ranks fourth in the freshman record books. Her 45 offensive rebounds this season ranks eighth all-time among freshman. On the season, Cornell is averaging 6.8 rebounds per contest, which ranks first in the Mountain West among freshmen, and with at least four games remaining on the Rams schedule, Cornell is 33 rebounds shy of tying the MWC freshman record held by Utah's Kim Smith (2002-03).

Getting Offensive
Sara Hunter has scored in double digits in the Rams' last seven consecutive games, and nine of their last 11 contests. Over that 11-game stretch, Hunter is averaging 15.1 points per game and her season scoring average has jumped from 10.2 points per game to 12.4 points per game.

Going the Distance
Junior guard Sara Hunter has played 40 or more minutes in 15 games in her career at Colorado State University, Hunter, has accomplished the feat 11 times this season alone. She has played the entire game in nine of the Rams' last 10 contest, including 45 minutes in an overtime loss to rival Wyoming on Jan. 25, and has recorded no turnovers in three of those contests. In 13 MWC, Hunter has played 514 of 525 possible minutes (including five overtime minutes) or 98 percent of the time.

Moulton Making Mark
Senior center Marilyn Moulton's 7.9 rebounds per game average ranks 18th in school history in a single season and is second this season in the Mountain West Conference. She also ranks fourth on the single-season offensive rebounding charts with 84 offensive rebounds this season and enters Thursday's matchup against BYU just 8 offensive rebounds shy of first place on the list. Moulton, who moved into the career-rebounding top-20 against TCU, needs just 8 more rebounds to crack the single-season top-20 charts. Of the top-10 career-rebounders at CSU, Marilyn ranks third with 39.1 percent of her total rebounds coming on the offensive side of the ball. Only Keleigh Logan (43.2%, 1989-93) and Zenarae Pieters (42.3%, 1994-98) have pulled down a higher percentage of offensive rebounds.

French Aid
Colorado State senior Justine France has responded since being inserted into the Rams' starting lineup on Jan. 25 against Wyoming. In her last six games, all starts, France leads the team in assists with 16, for an average of 2.7 assists per game.




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