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Junior guard Sara Hunter

Feb. 23, 2007

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Game 27:
Colorado State (8-18, 3-11 MWC) at Wyoming (17-8, 8-5 MWC)
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007 • 3 p.m. MT
Laramie, Wyo. • Arena Auditorium (15,028)

The Series
Overall Record: CSU Leads, 40-31
In Fort Collins: CSU Leads, 21-13
In Laramie: Tied, 16-16
At Neutral Sites: CSU Leads, 3-2
Warden vs Wyoming: 1-3

Colorado State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Roth
Color Analyst: Corbu Stathes
Fort Collins: 600 AM KCOL
Denver: 560 AM KLZ

the mtn.
Play-by-Play: Mike Evans
Color Analyst: Andrea Lloyd Curry
Fort Collins: Comcast 411

The Matchup
Colorado State (8-18, 3-11 MWC) travels to Laramie, Wyo. for 72nd intstallment of the Border War with the University of Wyoming Cowgirls (17-8, 8-5 MWC) on Sunday afternoon from the Arena Auditorium.

The Rams enter the contest eighth in the Mountain West Conference standings and are coming off of a 67-56 home victory over the San Diego State Aztecs on Thursday night.

The Cowgirls are fifth in the conference standings, with key wins over second-ranked Utah and a season sweep of TCU, including a 61-50 victory in Fort Worth on Thursday.

Wyoming is led by a trio of juniors in guards Jodi Bolerjack and Hanna Zavecz and foward Justyna Podziemska. Podziemska and Zavecz lead the team, both scoring at a clip of 13.4 points per game, while Bolerjack averages 11.4 points per contest. Podziemska leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game.

As a team, the Cowgirls rank third in the conference in scoring offense (65.1 ppg.) and are second in defense (56.0 ppg.), and they rank as the top free throw shooting team in the MWC, hitting at a clip of .770. From three-point range, the Cowgirls rank second in the conference, shooting 35 percent.

Colorado State is led by junior guard Sara Hunter, senior Center Marilyn Moulton and freshman forward Juanise Cornell. Hunter ranks as the team's leading scorer, averaging 12.6 points per game (14.1 ppg. in conference play), while Cornell and Moulton add eight points per game each. Moulton leads the team in rebounding with 8.0 rebounds per game, while Cornell pulls down 6.9 boards per contest.

Wyoming Series
Colorado State has faced Wyoming more times than any other opponent in school history, and holds a 40-31 advantage in the all-time series. However, the two teams have split 32 previous meetings in Laramie, Wyo. Since joining the Mountain West, CSU and Wyoming have faced each other 20 times, with the Rams holding a 13-7 advantage in those contests.

Wyoming Series Results

40-31, 21-13 Ft Collins, 16-16 Laramie, 3-2 Neutral
1/29/74	W	69-46	Laramie
3/1/75	W	40-39	Fort Collins
12/12/76	L	40-50	Fort Collins
2/21/76	W	48-38	Laramie
12/18/76	W	70-58	Laramie
2/12/77	L	52-55	Fort Collins
12/5/77	W	87-75	Laramie
2/25/78	L	74-89	Fort Collins
2/28/79	L	62-74	Fort Collins
1/25/80	L	83-93	Laramie
2/23/80	L	74-88	Fort Collins
1/6/81	W	78-73	Laramie
1/17/81	W	86-59	Fort Collins
2/21/81	W	69-54	Laramie
1/2/82	L	68-81	Laramie
2/27/82	W	63-62	Fort Collins
2/5/83	W	65-54	Fort Collins
3/5/83	W	85-65	Laramie
1/28/84	W	59-57	Laramie
2/25/84	W	66-55	Fort Collins
2/2/85	W	59-57	Fort Collins
3/2/85	W	51-47	Laramie
2/2/86	W	68-64	Fort Collins
3/1/86	L	64-73	Laramie
1/27/87	L	49-57	Laramie
2/21/87	L	59-77	Fort Collins
1/30/88	W	60-51	Fort Collins
3/5/88	L	45-61	Laramie
2/11/89	W	63-53	Fort Collins
2/25/89	L	56-73	Laramie
2/3/90	L	54-63	Fort Collins
2/17/90	L	76-81 (ot)	Laramie
3/8/90	L	65-78	Salt Lake City
1/19/91	L	52-70	Laramie
2/16/91	L	64-71	Fort Collins
2/1/92	L	60-78	Fort Collins
2/29/92	L	57-117	Laramie
1/16/93	L	69-83	Laramie
2/13/93	W	70-58	Fort Collins
2/19/94	L	48-82	Laramie
3/5/94	L	67-70 (ot)	Fort Collins
1/20/95	W	59-52	Fort Collins
3/2/95	L	61-71	Laramie
1/20/96	W	83-66	Laramie
3/3/96	W	76-59	Fort Collins
1/11/97	W	75-61	Laramie
2/6/97	L	65-66	Fort Collins
1/24/98	W	99-67	Fort Collins
2/19/98	W	62-43	Laramie
1/23/99	W	93-67	Laramie
2/20/99	W	101-68	Fort Collins
1/15/00	W	86-69	Fort Collins
2/11/00	W	89-48	Laramie
3/8/00	W	79-57	Las Vegas
1/13/01	W	76-51	Laramie
2/10/01	W	69-49	Fort Collins
3/7/01	W	70-59	Las Vegas
1/25/02	W	57-49	Fort Collins
2/23/02	W	64-62 (ot)	Laramie
2/1/03	L	64-69 (ot)	Laramie
2/28/03	W	73-51	Fort Collins
3/12/03	W	59-56	Las Vegas
3/23/03	W	73-64	Fort Collins
1/30/04	L	53-58	Laramie
2/27/04	W	60-49	Fort Collins
3/10/04	L	61-67	Denver
1/28/05	W	61-51	Fort Collins
2/24/05	L	45-68	Laramie
1/25/05	L	80-87 (ot)	Laramie
2/25/06	L	81-87	Fort Collins
1/25/07	L	66-78 (ot)	Fort Collins

Magic Number: 60
This season, the Rams are just 1-14 when scoring fewer than 60 points in a contest, and 7-4 when eclipsing 60 points.

Rams vs. MWC
Colorado State women's basketball is 58-56 (.509) all-time in Mountain West Conference action.

Rams vs. MWC On The Road
Colorado State women's basketball is 21-37 (.368) all-time away from Moby Arena in Mountain West Conference games.

Rams in Laramie, Wyo.
Colorado State is 16-16 all-time against the University of Wyoming a the Arena Auditorium, however, the Rams have not defeated the Cowgirls on their homecourt since 2002, a span of four games. Last season the Cowgirls came back to defeat the Rams, 87-80 in overtime.

Rams on Television
Colorado State's game vs. Wyoming on Sunday will be televised on the mtn. So far this season, Colorado State is 0-3 in televised games, all coming on the road. Colorado State fell at UConn (93-58), at BYU (69-56) and at UNLV (57-46).

Nothing But Net For Neal
For the second consecutive game, Freshman guard Emily Neal tallied a career-high in scoring with 20 points in Thursday's victory over San Diego State, eclipsing her old career-best of 12 points set jsut five days earlier against BYU. With her 20-point outburst, Neal also eclipsed 100 points for the season.

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 53 3-pointers, heading into Sunday's matchup at Wyoming currently ranks 10th 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 last week at New Mexico. Her 212 career assists currently ranks 16th on the career-charts. She enters Sunday's game against Wyoming 40 points shy of cracking the top-20 in career scoring.

Twice as Nice
Senior center Marilyn Moulton recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebound against San Diego State. The Rams are 4-0 in game in which Moulton records a double-double. On Saturday, freshman Juanise Cornell recorded her second-career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds against BYU.

February Fury
Sara Hunter has scored in double digits in the Rams' last eight consecutive games, and 10 of their last 12 contests. During the month of February, Hunter is averaging 18.3 points per contest.

Block Party
Senior center Marilyn Moulton's 30 blocks this season ranks 1`th in a single season at CSU. She needs just one more block to crack the single-season top-10 list. For her career, Moulton has 64 swats, and is just five blocks shy of surpassing Angie Gorton (1998-2002) and entering the top-five on the career charts.

Working Overtime
Colorado State and Wyoming have a history of taking their matchups to overtime. Two of the last three games between the Rams and Cowgirls ould not be decided in overtime. Four of the Rams' last five overtime games have been played against Wyoming, with three of those games being played on the road. The two teams have faced each other six times in overtime games with Wyoming holding a 5-1 advantage in those contests.

Cornell Crashing Boards
Freshman Juanise Cornell is averaging 8.6 rebounds per game in her last seven contests and has recorded four 10 rebound games during that stretch. With 173 rebounds on the season, Cornell now ranks fourth in the freshman record books. Her 49 offensive rebounds this season ranks sixth all-time among freshman. On the season, Cornell is averaging 6.9 rebounds per contest, which ranks first in the Mountain West among freshmen, and with at least three games remaining on the Rams schedule, Cornell is 23 rebounds shy of tying the MWC freshman record held by Utah's Kim Smith (2002-03).

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). She then added nine points off the bench in the Rams victory over San Diego State on Thursday. In her last three games, Mason is averaging 8.3 points per game in 16.3 minutes.




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