Feb. 26, 2009
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Colorado State (9-18, 4-10 MWC) at New Mexico (18-8, 7-6 MWC)
Feb. 28, 2009 | Albuquerque, N.M. | The Pit (18,018) | 2 p.m. MT
Rams travel to The Pit for matchup with UNM...
The Colorado State women’s basketball team plays its final road game of the regular season on Saturday, traveling to face the University of New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. MT from The Pit
Colorado State (9-18, 4-10 MWC), is coming off of a 71-62 road loss to rival Wyoming, and is looking for its first win at The Pit since Jan. 8, 1998 (66-63). The Rams and Lobos met Jan. 28 at Moby Arena, when UNM pulled out a 76-68 victory.
The Lobos (18-8, 7-6 MWC) have lost five of their last seven games in conference play and are coming off of back-to-back road setbacks at San Diego State (75-64) and at TCU (41-387). UNM is currently tied with BYU for fourth place in the MWC standings.
Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on AM 1410 KIIX in the Fort Collins area. Brian Roth, in his eighth season behind the mic for the Rams, calls all the action. Nick Sebesta will provide color commentary. Live game audio will also be available via Rams All-Access subscription on CSURams.com.
Live statistics are available free of charge on CSURams.com by clicking on the “Gametracker” icon on the calendar of the home page or from the women’s basketball schedule page.
Rams vs. Lobos...
Saturday's meeting between the Rams and the Lobos marks the 59th in the series between the two programs. New Mexico holds a slim 31-27 advantage all-time, having won 11 straight games against the Rams. The Lobos are 17-10 against CSU at the Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. Since the formation of the Mountain West Conference in 1999-2000, CSU is 6-16 against New Mexico.
CSU vs. New Mexico series history in MWC...
1/29/00; W, 79-51 (Fort Collins)
2/26/00; L, 59-67 (Albuquerque)
1/27/01; W, 65-58 (Fort Collins)
2/22/01; L, 68-72 (Albuquerque)
3/09/01; W, 70-65 (Las Vegas)
1/31/02; L, 50-56 (Albuquerque)
3/02/02; W, 58-54 (Fort Collins)
1/23/03; W, 66-53 (Fort Collins)
2/22/03; L, 54-74 (Albuquerque)
3/14/03; L, 51-65 (Las Vegas)
2/05/04; W, 72-57 (Fort Collins)
3/06/04; L, 52-59 (Albuquerque)
2/05/05; L, 49-75 (Albuquerque)
3/03/05; L, 63-71 (Fort Collins)
1/07/06; L, 57-73 (Fort Collins)
2/08/06; L, 51-85 (Albuquerque)
1/13/07; L, 42-73 (Fort Collins)
2/14/07; L, 66-77 (Albuquerque)
2/06/08; L, 47-74 (Fort Collins)
3/08/08; L, 45-76 (Albuquerque)
3/14/08; L, 41-65 (Las Vegas)
1/28/09; L, 66-78 (Fort Collins)
More about New Mexico...
Head coach Don Flanagan is in his 14th season at the helm of the Lobos’ program, where he has compiled a career record of 301-134 (.678).
The Lobos are led by junior guard Amy Beggin and senior center Angela Hartill. Beggin ranks fourth in the MWC in scoring (15.3 ppg.) and is third in assists per game (4.0 apg.) while Hartill is 13th in the MWC in scoring (11.8 ppg.). Senior guard Amanda Adamson, a Littleton, Colo., native, ranks third on the team in scoring (7.2 ppg.) but leads the Lobos in rebounding, pulling down 6.1 per game, 13th in the league.
As a team, the Lobos rank second in the Mountain West Conference in scoring offense (65.5 ppg.) and boast the No. 1-ranked defense, allowing just 55.5 points per contest. They lead the league in scoring margin (+10.0) and hold opponents to just 34.5 percent from the field, second best in the MWC behind Utah.
Last time out...
Bonnie Barbee tallied a team-high 11 points, and Carine Reimink added 10 points, as Colorado State fell at rival Wyoming, 71-62, on Wednesday in Laramie, Wyo.
Rams Head Coach Kristen Holt used her ninth different lineup of the season, playing a more defensively oriented style early in the contest, with Britney Minor, Kim Mestdagh, Juanise Cornell, Meghan Heimstra and Reimink earning the starting nod. That lineup held Wyoming to 0-for-6 shooting in the first four minutes of the contest, and jumped out to a 6-3 lead at the 15:22 mark of the opening stanza.
However, the Cowgirls soon found their rhythm, getting unexpected contributions from beyond the arc by Randi Richardson and Jade Kennedy, who were a combined 10-for-63 (15.9 percent) through 25 games entering Wednesday's contest. Richardson and Kennedy shot 3-for-4 and 2-for-3, respectively, from long range in the first half and Wyoming built a 35-22 halftime lead.
The Wyoming lead reached 16 points, six minutes into the half, but an 11-3 Rams run between the 10:47 and 7:52 marks to cut the deficit to single-digits, 50-42. With Wyoming holding on to a 58-46 lead and less than 4 minutes remaining, the Rams mounted a comeback behind a trio of three-pointers from Bonnie Barbee, but CSU never got closer than five points and the Cowgirls hit 12 straight free throws in the final 2:08 to come away with the 71-62 win.
Overall, CSU shot 35.4 percent from the field, compared with 39.1 percent by the Cowgirls, who also outrebounded the Rams, 41-34. The difference, however, may have come from the free-throw line, where Wyoming connected on 28-of-33, while the Rams hit just 9-of-13.
Holt signs on through 2012-13...
Colorado State Head Coach Kristen Holt on Feb. 5 agreed to a multi-year contract that will keep her at CSU through the 2012-13 season. The announcement was made by Director of Athletics Paul Kowalczyk. "I would like to thank Dr. Frank and Paul Kowalczyk for the opportunity to remain at Colorado State as the head women's basketball coach," said Holt. "I am excited about the strides that our team has made this season. Colorado State has a history of great women's basketball and it is my goal to elevate this program atop the Mountain West and return it to national prominence."
Improvements paying off in win column...
With Saturday's win over Air Force, CSU reached nine victories, their most since 2005-06 (9-20). It also gives CSU regular-season sweeps over two MWC opponents (Air Force and UNLV), marking the first time a Rams team accomplished that feat since 2004-05 (San Diego State and Air Force). The Rams' five-game improvement over last season's record ranks tied for 18th nationally.
Beemer cracks top 10...
With 57 three-pointers, senior guard Kandy Beemer moved past for standout Katie Cronin for sole possession of 9th in the team's single-season record book.
Getting offensive on the glass...
Senior forward Amaka Uzomah ranks eighth in the MWC with an average of 6.5 rebounds per game, has notched 72 offensive boards for this season. Uzomah became the first player with back-to-back 70-plus offensive rebounding seasons since Rams standout Melissa Dennett did it three times between 2003-06. Last season, Uzomah notched 78, good enough for eighth on the all-time list. Marilyn Moulton holds the all-time record of 101 offensive rebounds, set in 2006-07.
Minor major at the line...
Senior forward Britney Minor has made 169 career free throws in two seasons at CSU and cracked the career top 20 at Colorado State in the Rams' win over Air Force last Saturday. Minor is the only player on the list with less than three seasons at CSU.
Cornell heating up the winter months...
Juanise Cornell has been on a tear as of late for the Rams, averaging 10.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game over the Rams' last 10 contests. Cornell's current streak was sparked by a 19-point, 12-rebound performance in leading CSU to a 55-50 victory at Air Force on Jan. 17. She followed up that performance with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the Rams' first matchup with vs. Wyoming (Jan. 24). She has scored in double-digits in seven of CSU's last 10 games.
Mestdagh among top freshman shooters...
Freshman guard Kim Mestdagh has hit 43 three-pointers this season, second on the team behind Kandy Beemer's 57. She currently ranks fourth in a single season by a CSU freshman and is on pace to finish with at least 49, which would rank second all-time, just ahead of former standout Sara Hunter (47) and behind Becky Hammon, who is first with 88 treys as a frosh.
Long range Rams...
As a team, Colorado State has notched 154 three-pointers on the season, good enough for 10th on the team single-season charts in the Rams' record book. With at least three games remaining, the 2008-09 squad is on pace to finish 8th on the list.
Van den Adel countdown reaches zero...
Natalie van den Adel's long wait is finally over. The freshman guard, who served a 27-game NCAA amateurism penalty, will be eligible for her first action of the season on Saturday in the Rams' game at New Mexico.
Colorado State hosts San Diego State in CSU's final contest of the regular season. The Rams and Aztecs are scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. MT from Moby Arena. Colorado State will also celebrate Senior Day with a pregame ceremony to honor CSU's four departing seniors, Kandy Beemer, Britney Minor, Carine Reimink and Amaka Uzomah, prior to their final game at Moby Arena.