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Preview: Rams close regular season with Senior Night game vs. Nevada on Friday

March 2, 2017

Senior Night
Colorado State Rams (22-7, 14-3 MW) vs. Nevada Wolf Pack (11-17, 5-12 MW)
Friday, March 3 | 7 p.m. MT | Moby Arena (8,745) | Fort Collins, Colo.
Coverage: CSURams.com/videos (MW Network) | KARS 102.9 FM | Live Stats

Tickets: CSURams.com/tickets | 800-491-RAMS
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Notes: CSU Women’s Basketball Weekly Release | Friday Game Notes

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State women’s basketball team will celebrate the careers of Elin Gustavsson and Ellen Nystrom, as well as the Rams’ fourth straight Mountain West regular season title this Friday in their Senior Night game against Nevada at Moby Arena.

Colorado State is set to host Nevada at 7 p.m. MT this Friday in the Rams’ final regular season game of the year. Gustavsson, Nystrom and the Rams’ fourth consecutive MW regular season title will each be recognized after Friday’s game.

With wins over New Mexico and San Diego State last week, CSU (22-7, 14-3 MW) clinched its fourth straight conference regular season title outright. CSU is the only women’s or men’s basketball team in MW history to win the regular season title outright in four consecutive seasons. With their outright title, the Rams have clinched the No. 1 seed in next week’s Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Rams take on Nevada (11-17, 5-12 MW) in the only regular season contest between the two this season. The Wolf Pack is tied with San Diego State for ninth in the MW standings. Nevada is 3-8 away from home (1-7 in road matchups during MW play), while CSU is 14-1 at Moby Arena this season (7-1 at home in conference games).

Live video for Friday night’s game is available through CSURams.com/videos via the MW Network, while the radio broadcast will be carried on KARS 102.9 FM via the CSU Radio Network. Matthew Wozniak will be on the call for each. Live stats will also be made available. Each may be accessed through the links above or on the women’s basketball schedule page on CSURams.com.

A CSU Win Against Nevada Would…
- Give Colorado State its 23rd win of the season, marking the fourth straight year the Rams have won at least 23 games. 23 wins ties for the eighth-most in a single-season in program history.
- Be CSU’s 15th conference win of the season, marking the fourth straight season that the Rams have won at least 15 regular season games against conference opponents. CSU has only won more than 15 regular season conference games in one season (18 in 2015-16).
- Move CSU to 15-1 at Moby Arena this season, marking the third straight season that the Rams won 15 games at home. The Rams have only won more than 15 games at Moby Arena in three seasons (17 in 2002-03, 16 in 1999-00 and 17 in 1998-99). Additionally, the Rams’ 15-1 home record by winning percentage (.938) would tie for the fourth-best in program history.
- Be the Rams’ eighth straight win at home, as well as their 30th win in their last 31 games played at Moby Arena. An eighth consecutive home win would match the 10th-best home win streak in program history.
- Improve fifth-year head coach Ryun Williams’ conference winning percentage to .795 (70-15). Williams would pass former Utah head coach Elaine Elliott (.793; 130-34) for the best winning percentage in conference games in Mountain West history.
- Be CSU’s 11th consecutive win against Nevada. The Rams’ only loss to Nevada was on Jan. 9, 1986 (69-41 at Nevada). The Rams are 5-0 all-time against Nevada at home.
- Be CSU’s fifth win against conference foes in its last six MW games.

Layups
- CSU is once again one of the nation’s top defensive teams, as it has been for the past few seasons. The Rams rank fourth in the nation in scoring defense (52.5) and third in the country in field goal percentage defense (.333). The Rams have paired that with the nation’s seventh-lowest turnover rate (11.8) and the fifth-lowest personal fouls rate (13.0) en route to their fourth straight MW regular season title.
- CSU has been productive from the three-point arc, ranking 30th in the nation in three-point field goals made (226). The Rams improve their advantage from three-point range on the defensive end, as they are limiting opponents to the nation’s seventh-lowest three-point field goal percentage against (.268).
- CSU’s two seniors, Ellen Nystrom and Elin Gustavsson, have paced the Rams in scoring, averaging 15.0 and 13.6 points per game, respectively. This season, Gustavsson and Nystrom became the 18th and 19th players in program history to reach 1,000 career points, respectively. Nystrom ranks sixth in the MW in scoring, while Gustavsson ranks 11th.
- Nystrom and Gustavsson also lead the team in rebounding, averaging 7.7 and 6.2 rebounds per game, respectively. Nystrom, who ranks seventh in the MW in rebounding, has eight double-doubles this season, while Gustavsson has six. Hannah Tvrdy ranks third on the Rams in each of those categories, averaging 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game so far this season. 
- Gustavsson leads the team and ranks fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (.515), while Tvrdy ranks eighth in the MW in field goal percentage (.453) and Nystrom ranks ninth (.446). CSU is the only team in the MW with three players in the top 10 in field goal percentage.
- Stine Austgulen ranks seventh in the MW in three-point field goal percentage (.361) and eighth in three-point field goals made (1.8 per game), while Tvrdy ranks 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.352).
- Nystrom also ranks within the top 10 in the Mountain West in assists (third – 5.3 per game), free throw percentage (third - .847), assist/turnover ratio (second – 1.8), defensive rebounds per game (second – 7.1), minutes played (third – 34.6) and steals per game (second – 2.0). 
- Nystrom ranks 18th nationally in defensive rebounds per game (7.1), 34th in assists per game (5.3) and 39th nationally in free throw percentage (.847).

Career Record Watch
Ellen Nystrom recently passed Becky Hammon for the CSU all-time career assists record, and now ranks within the top five in Mountain West history. Nystrom has 564 assists for her career, and is 31 assists behind Yaiza Rodriguez (currently 595 at Boise State). Nystrom is 87 assists behind Mandi Moore, who ranks third all-time in MW history with 651 at New Mexico from 2001-05.
- Nystrom and Elin Gustavsson are nearing the Mountain West record for most games started in a career. The record is held by each of Kim Smith and Shona Thorburn, who each started 128 games from 2002-06. Nystrom ranks fourth in MW history with 126 games started in her career, while Gustavsson ranks sixth in MW history with 125 starts.
- Nystrom now ranks within the top 10 scorers all-time at CSU with 1,377 points for her career. Nystrom sits 23 points behind Heather Haanen for ninth in CSU history (1,394). Elin Gustavsson is 11th on that list with 1,363 points, placing 14 points behind Nystrom and 31 behind Haanen.
- Nystrom also ranks within CSU’s top-10 rebounds leaders all-time with 835 for her career. Nystrom recently passed Jennifer Halbach (792) for fifth all-time and Sherry Neely (797) for fourth all-time. Nystrom is 22 rebounds behind Katie Cronin (857) for third all-time at CSU.
- Nystrom recently joined CSU’s all-time career steals list, ranking seventh with 192 for her career. Nystrom sits 14 steals behind Mary Jo Berenato, who ranks sixth with 206.
- Gustavsson ranks eighth on CSU’s all-time blocks list with 69. Gustavsson has one fewer block than Marilyn Moulton (70), and is 14 behind Lindsay Thomas (83) for six-place all-time.

Single-Season Record Watch
- Ellen Nystrom now owns two of the top five assist totals in a single season in CSU history, as her 2016-17 total of 153 ranks fifth all-time. Nystrom set the single-season record of 186 last season, while Becky Hammon owns the No. 2 (174 in 1998-99) and No. 3 (161 in 1997-98) totals and Jasai Ferrucho (158 in 2003-04) has CSU’s No. 4 assist total.
- Callie Kaiser currently ranks eighth in three-point field goal percentage amongst CSU players who have taken a minimum of 50 three-point field goal attempts in a season. Kaiser’s three-point field goal percentage of .420 (21-of-50) would currently rank ahead of Jamie Patrick’s 2015-16 season (.417, 91-of-218), Becky Hammon’s 1998-99 season (.416, 114-of-274) and Jackie Campbell’s 2000-01 season (.415, 34-of-82).

Scouting Nevada
- Nevada enters Friday’s matchup tied for ninth in the Mountain West standings with a 5-12 conference record (11-17 overall). The Wolf Pack and Rams have not met previously this season. CSU has won the last 10 meetings between the two schools, dating back to 1986.
- Nevada ranks as one of the better teams in nation at getting to the free throw line, ranking 29th nationally in free throws made (422). The Wolf Pack ranks 49th in the country in free throw percentage (.746).
- The Wolf Pack rank 39th in rebounds per game (41.7) and 54th in blocked shots per game (4.5). Nevada’s AJ Cephas ranks 71st in the nation in blocked shots per game (1.7), while she and Terae Briggs rank 10th (7.3) and eighth (7.5) in the MW, respectively, in rebounds per game.
- Nevada is led offensively by Stephanie Schmid, who averages 12.9 points per game. Schmid ranks third in the MW in three-point field goals made per game (2.3). Notably, her eight three-pointers against San Jose State on Feb. 28 are the most in a single game by any MW athlete this season and match a single-game school record.

Up Next
- Following this week's action, the Rams will compete in the Mountain West Women's Basketball Championship. The Rams have clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament, and have a bye for the opening round. 
- CSU faces the winner of the game between the No. 8 seed and No. 9 seed on Tuesday, March 7.

Rams Make History with Unprecedented Fourth Straight MW Regular Season Title
- The Colorado State women's basketball team is the first basketball team in Mountain West history - women's or men's - to win four consecutive regular season titles. 
- The Rams clinched at least a share of the title with a 58-55 win over New Mexico on Feb. 22, and won the title outright by winning at San Diego State, 80-46, on Feb. 25. Of the teams on each of the women’s and men’s side to win at least three regular season titles, none of them other than Colorado State has won each of their titles outright.
- The Rams have won all four of those consecutive titles over the careers of Elin Gustavsson and Ellen Nystrom. For all four, the Rams have been directed by fifth-year head coach Ryun Williams.
- With the win, the Rams also clinched the No. 1 seed in the Mountain West Women's Basketball Championship.

Most Consecutive Regular Season Titles in Mountain West History (women’s and men’s)
Colorado State (women’s) – Four (four outright/none shared) – 2013-17
San Diego State (men’s) – Three (two outright/one shared) – 2013-16
BYU (men’s) – Three (two outright/one shared) – 2006-09
Utah (women’s) – Three (one outright/two shared) – 2002-05
San Diego State (women’s) – Two (both outright/none shared) – 2011-13
New Mexico (men’s) – Two (one outright/one shared) – 2011-13
San Diego State (men’s) – Two (none outright/both shared) – 2010-12
New Mexico (men’s) – Two (one outright/one shared) – 2008-10
Utah (women’s – Two (one outright/one shared) – 2007-09
BYU (women’s) – Two (both outright/none shared) – 2005-07
New Mexico (women’s) – Two (none outright/both shared) – 2003-05
Wyoming (men’s) – Two (one outright/one shared) – 2000-02
Utah (women’s) – Two (both outright/none shared) – 1999-01
Utah (men’s) – Two (none outright/both shared) – 1999-01

Most Consecutive Regular Season Titles in Mountain West History (women’s only)
Colorado State (women’s) – Four (four outright/none shared) – 2013-17
Utah (women’s) – Three (one outright/two shared) – 2002-05
San Diego State (women’s) – Two (both outright/none shared) – 2011-13
Utah (women’s – Two (one outright/one shared) – 2007-09
BYU (women’s) – Two (both outright/none shared) – 2005-07
New Mexico (women’s) – Two (none outright/both shared) – 2003-05
Utah (women’s) – Two (both outright/none shared) – 1999-01

CSU Senior Class Winningest Duo in Mountain West Play in Conference History
- Over the past four years, seniors Elin Gustavsson and Ellen Nystrom have combined to win 62 Mountain West games – more than any other women’s or men’s team in MW history over a four-year stretch.
- All-time, the 2013-17 CSU seniors are the only players to win more than 60 conference games in Mountain West history. Only 11 different senior classes – women’s or men’s – have won 50 or more conference games in league history. Only six have done so in women’s basketball.
- See below for a summary of the most wins over a four-year span in MW history, broken down by women’s and men’s, women’s only and just teams over the span of 2013-17.

Most Mountain West Wins Over Four-Year Span (top 20 - women’s and men’s)
1st - 62 (15 wins/15 wins/18 wins/14 wins) - Colorado State (women’s) – 2013-17
T-2nd - 55 (7/15/15/18) – Colorado State (women’s) – 2012-16
T-2nd - 55 (9/16/14/16) – San Diego State (men’s) - 2012-16
T-4th - 54 (16/14/16/8) – San Diego State (men’s) - 2013-17
T-4th - 54 (13/13/13/15) - Fresno State (women’s) – 2012-16
6th - 53 (14/12/13/14) – BYU (men’s) – 2007-11
7th - 52 (13/14/12/13) – BYU (men’s) – 2006-10
T-8th - 51 (12/10/16/13) – Utah (women’s) – 2005-09
T-8th - 51 (12/13/14/12) – BYU (men’s) – 2005-09
T-10th - 50 (13/12/12/13) – TCU (women’s) – 2007-11
T-10th - 50 (12/12/10/16) – Utah (women’s) – 2004-08
T-12th - 49 (13/13/15/8) - Fresno State (women’s) – 2013-17
T-12th - 49 (10/9/16/14) – San Diego State (men’s) – 2011-15
T-12th - 49 (14/10/9/16) – San Diego State (men’s) – 2010-14
T-12th - 49 (10/16/13/10) – Utah (women’s) – 2006-10
T-16th - 48 (11/13/12/12) – TCU (women’s) – 2006-10
T-16th - 48 (12/12/12/12) – Utah (women’s) – 2002-06
18th - 47 (11/11/13/12) – TCU (women’s) – 2005-09
T-19th - 46 (12/11/12/11) – Boise State (women’s) – 2013-17
T-19th - 46 (9/7/15/15) – Colorado State (women’s) – 2011-15
T-19th - 46 (12/12/13/9) – TCU (women’s) – 2008-12
T-19th - 46 (16/13/10/7) – Utah (women’s) – 2007-11
T-19th - 46 (12/12/11/11) – New Mexico (women’s) – 2003-07
T-19th - 46 (12/12/12/10) – Utah (women’s) – 2003-07
T-19th - 46 (14/8/12/12) – Utah (women’s) – 2000-04

Most Mountain West Wins Over Four-Year Span (top 20 - women’s only)
1st - 62 (15 wins/15 wins/18 wins/14 wins) - Colorado State (women’s) – 2013-17
2nd - 55 (7/15/15/18) – Colorado State (women’s) – 2012-16
3rd - 54 (13/13/13/15) - Fresno State (women’s) – 2012-16
4th - 51 (12/10/16/13) – Utah (women’s) – 2005-09
T-5th - 50 (13/12/12/13) – TCU (women’s) – 2007-11
T-5th - 50 (12/12/10/16) – Utah (women’s) – 2004-08
T-7th - 49 (13/13/15/8) - Fresno State (women’s) – 2013-17
T-7th - 49 (10/16/13/10) – Utah (women’s) – 2006-10
T-9th - 48 (11/13/12/12) – TCU (women’s) – 2006-10
T-9th - 48 (12/12/12/12) – Utah (women’s) – 2002-06
11th - 47 (11/11/13/12) – TCU (women’s) – 2005-09
T-12th - 46 (12/11/12/11) – Boise State (women’s) – 2013-17
T-12th - 46 (9/7/15/15) – Colorado State (women’s) – 2011-15
T-12th - 46 (12/12/13/9) – TCU (women’s) – 2008-12
T-12th - 46 (16/13/10/7) – Utah (women’s) – 2007-11
T-12th - 46 (12/12/11/11) – New Mexico (women’s) – 2003-07
T-12th - 46 (12/12/12/10) – Utah (women’s) – 2003-07
T-12th - 46 (14/8/12/12) – Utah (women’s) – 2000-04
19th - 45 (11/14/8/12) – Utah (women’s) – 1999-03
T-20th - 44 (12/15/9/8) – San Diego State (women’s) – 2011-15
T-20th - 44 (9/12/12/11) – New Mexico (women’s) – 2002-06
T-20th - 44 (8/12/12/12) – Utah (women’s) – 2001-05

Most Mountain West Wins – 2013-17
62 (15 wins/15 wins/18 wins/14 wins) - Colorado State (women’s) – 2013-17
49 (13/13/15/8) - Fresno State (women’s) – 2013-17
46 (12/11/12/11) – Boise State (women’s) – 2013-17
39 (9/10/9/11) - UNLV (women’s) -2013-17
39 (6/14/9/10) – New Mexico (women’s) – 2013-17
38 (10/10/6/12) – Wyoming (women’s) – 2013-17
30 (8/5/8/9) – Utah State (women’s) – 2013-17
30 (5/7/11/7) – San Jose State (women’s) – 2013-17
28 (9/8/6/5) – San Diego State (women’s) – 2013-17
26 (12/5/4/5) – Nevada (women’s) – 2013-17
4 (0/1/1/2) – Air Force (women’s) – 2013-17


 

 

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