Feb. 20, 2012
CSU at New Mexico | Game 27
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||NEW MEXICO LOBOS|
Colorado State (12-14, 8-3 MW) is looking to right ship with a win at New Mexico (8-17, 2-9) Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Lobos have struggled this season with just two wins in conference play: at home vs. Air Force (67-44) and on the road at Wyoming (60-57). But five of the team's losses have been by seven points or less, including its last game at UNLV (L, 65-60).
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 in second place in the league standings, with a one-game lead over the two teams tied for third (UNLV and Wyoming).
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 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. Lobos series...
Saturday's meeting between Colorado State and New Mexico will be the 67th game between the two schools. This is Head Coach Kristen Holt's 10th contest vs. the Lobos. She is 3-6 with a win at home earlier this season.
The Rams are 30-36 vs. UNM overall with a 10-20 record in Albuquerque. CSU is currently on a 12-game losing streak away from Moby Arena in the series. The Rams have not beaten New Mexico at The Pit since 1998.
Last time vs. New Mexico: Jan. 25, 2012...
The Colorado State women's basketball team came back to win against the New Mexico Lobos, 61-54, on Wednesday night at Moby Arena. It was the first time the Rams had been 4-1 to start the conference since the 2001-02 season.
New Mexico (6-13, 0-5 MW) started the game on a 12-2 run by shooting two three-pointers. CSU (8-12, 4-1) found its own rhythm for the lead at halftime. In the first half, Colorado State's field-goal percentage went from 12.5 on the first nine shots to 66.7 on the final 18 shots of the half.
Senior Kim Mestdagh scored 19 points and had three steals and three assists.
Meghan Heimstra recorded 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three steals while playing 28 minutes.
With three minutes to go in the game, Mestdagh hit a three-pointer to take the Rams to their biggest lead of the night and put the game out of reach for New Mexico.
Sam Martin scored 15 points and had seven rebounds while in foul trouble. She only played eight minutes in the second half. Sophomore Hayley Thompson recorded seven rebounds. Freshman LaDeyah Forte registered six assists.
About New Mexico...
- The Lobos are seventh in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage (.376). They also rank 17th in blocks per game with 5.4. Individually Caroline Durbin boasts the 70th best field-goal percentage in the country at .475. Porche Torrance's 8.7 rebounds per game ranks 76th.
- In conference statistics UNM is third in field-goal percentage (.402), first in three-point field-goal percentage (.390), first in blocked shots (5.5), second in assists (14.1), second in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.9) and third in defensive rebounds with 22.5 per game.
- In conference games Caroline Durbin is the team's leading scorer with 16.7 points per contest, which ranks fifth in the league. Torrance is also averaging double figures with 11.7. Torrance leads the Lobos defensively with a Mountain West best 8.4 boards per matchup. Torrance also holds the top spot in the conference in blocks per game (2.6) and defensive rebounds (5.6).
- New Mexico made more field goals and shot a higher percentage, but it was fouls that hurt the Lobos Saturday, allowing UNLV to convert 22 of its 31 attempts from the line in a 65-60 at the Thomas & Mack Center. In comparison, UNM made just six of its 12 free-throw attempts. Caroline Durbin led the team with 19 points, while Taylor added 10. Both Durbin and Jayme Jackson fouled out of the contest. In the final minute Taylor took a hard hit a fell to the ground. Her status is unknown.
- Yvonne Sanchez is in her first year as head coach of the Lobos after spending 11 seasons as an assistant under former coach Don Flanagan. The team has suffered through injuries to key players Sara Halasz and Deeva Vaughn who are both out for the season.
Last time out...
A desperation three-pointer with the shot clock winding down in overtime allowed Wyoming to pull away for the 66-62 win at the Arena Auditorium Saturday.
The Rams (12-14, 8-3 MW) remain in second place in the league, but have now lost 10 games in a row in Laramie. Wyoming improves to 11-13 and 7-4 in the Mountain West.
Kelly Hartig continued her hot streak, scoring double-digits for the second consecutive time. She finished with a team-high 17 on the afternoon. Sam Martin found her shot again, scoring 15 points of her own.
The Cowgirls shot only 35.3 percent, but the team made 24 free throws off of a season-high 25 CSU fouls. Wyoming also tallied 21 second-chance points off 14 offensive boards. Comparatively, CSU had just seven offensive rebounds, scoring eight points.
Down by four with 2:49 on the clock, the Rams came back on two very important steals by Hartig and Kim Mestdagh. Both Sam Martin and Mestdagh hit each of their free throws on the other end of the court, giving CSU a two-point lead. A missed layup by Chaudra Sewell from Wyoming with 18.2 seconds left forced the Cowgirls to foul. Hayley Thompson hit the back end of her two shots from the charity stripe, but Sewell made up for her missed shot earlier, making her first three-pointer of the year with just 4.1 seconds on the clock, sending the game to overtime.
The game continued to go back and forth until Ashley Sickles banked in a last-second three-pointer at 1:29 in the overtime period. After that, time ran out on the Rams, who were unable to come back before time expired.
By the 13:08 mark of the second half, every CSU player had at least one foul. Heimstra received her fourth five minutes into the stanza and fouled out at 8:49. Mestdagh recorded her fourth with 8:16 on the clock and fouled out with 28.2 seconds to play.
Mestdagh, who had scored double figures in 11 consecutive contests, was held to just two points with Cowgirls guard Kaitlyn Mileto defending her tightly for the entire game.
One win away from 50...
With 49 wins at CSU, Head Coach Kristen Holt is just one victory away from the mid-century mark. With at least four games remaining this season, Holt is on pace to become the fifth head coach in program history to achieve 50 or more wins at Colorado State.
If Holt tallies 50 in the win column this season, she will become just the third coach to reach 50 wins in four seasons or less. Former head coach Chris Denker achieved 50 wins in three seasons, and Tom Collen led the squad with former standout Becky Hammon to 50 wins in just two seasons at the helm.
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