Feb. 24, 2014
Colorado State vs. UNLV | Game 27
Feb. 26 | 7 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||UNLV REBELS|
Colorado State (21-5, 13-2 MW) is at home for another shot at the Mountain West title Wednesday vs. UNLV (10-16, 7-7 MW). Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT at Moby Arena (8,745).
With an 8-15 record at this point last year, the Rams have made the biggest one-year turnaround in program history, and 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 17 of its last 19, and the Rams are looking to begin a new win streak as the regular season comes to a close.
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.
- After an impressive 5-1 start to the conference slate, the Lady Rebels have lost five of the past six games, falling to sixth place in the league standings. The team's only win in that stretch was at home vs. Utah State, 82-80.
- The Rebels have fallen victim in close games as of late, including its most recent loss vs. Boise State. UNLV had two oppotunities to tie in the final 22 seconds, but could not convert. The Broncos won by three points Saturday, 75-72.
- UNLV's two best statistical categories are three-point percentage (.363; third) and steals (9.6; second). In both instances, the Lady Rebels are one spot above CSU.
- Alana Cesarz leads three players averaging double figures for the Rebels with 13.9 points per game. Danielle Miller averages 12.4 in Mountain West play, while Mia Bell, the team's three-point leader, averages 11.9 points per contest.
- UNLV's leading rebounder Aley Rohde suffered a left shoulder injury at New Mexico last week. She missed Saturday's contest vs. Boise State and is currently listed is day-to-day. Amie Callaway replaced her in the starting lineup vs. the Broncos.
Series vs. the Rebels
- Wednesday's meeting is 40th game between the two schools. Colorado State leads the series, with a 23-16 advantage all-time.
- The Rams are 13-5 in Fort Collins. CSU hasn't lost to UNLV at home since Feb. 9, 2008, when the Rams went 0-16 in league action.
- Head Coach Ryun Williams is 2-1 in his career vs. the Lady Rebels.
A win will...
- Clinch at least a share of the MW regular-season title. CSU would be the outright regular-season champion should the Rams win and Boise State loses at home vs. Fresno State Wednesday. Tipoff at Taco Bell Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
- Capture the No. 1 seed in the MW tournament. The Rams own the tie-breaker over Boise State with the win in Boise last week.
- Extend the most wins ever for CSU in the Mountain West, with 14 league victories, and tie the most-ever conference victories dating back to 1998-99, when the Rams finished 14-0 in the WAC.
- Secure the most wins overall since 2001-02, when Colorado State finished 24-7.
- Approach the most home wins since 2002-03, when the Rams went 17-1 at Moby Arena.
Last time at UNLV (Feb. 5, 2014)
The Colorado State women’s basketball continued its storied run, winning its sixth straight over UNLV, 66-48.
After six minutes of back-and-forth action, the Rams put together a small 7-0 run, and slowly built their lead up to 15 points by the intermission.
Elin Gustavsson was firing on all cylinders from opening tip. She converted on her first four attempts, and was the first to 10 points for either team by the 9:35 mark of the first half. She finished her night with a career-high 26 points and three steals. Her final tally in the points’ column is the most by any Ram this season.
One of the Rebels (9-13, 6-4 MW) leading scorers, Danielle Miller was held to just two points, shooting 1-14 on the night. Rejane Verin was the team’s leader with 14.
Colorado State’s three-point show from last weekend was nowhere to be found this evening, but the Rams made up for it in the paint, with 30 points.
After averaging 5.9 steals per game before Saturday’s game vs. SDSU, CSU has totaled 27 snips in the past two contests, including a season-high 15 tonight.
Rams Crack Top 100
Despite Saturday's loss, Colorado State moved up 12 spots in the NCAA RPI ranking this week, at No. 92. This is the first time the Rams have been ranked in the top 100 since the 2003-04 season. That year, CSU finished with a 17-12 record and a No. 93 ranking.
Colorado State enjoys a bye before playing its final road game of the regular season at San José State on Tuesday, March 4. Tipoff at the Event Center 8 p.m. MT.
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