CSU's Mestdagh, Martin, Heimstra receive all-conference honors
March 5, 2012
By Stuart Buchanan
Mestdagh earned first-team all-Mountain West recognition, while Martin was honored with a second-team selection. Heimstra was named the Mountain West Sixth Player of the Year.
This is the first time the Rams have had three or more all-conference selections since the 2003-04 season when CSU had five honorees.
The 2012 selection marks Mestdagh’s third consecutive appearance on an all-Mountain West team. She earned second-team all-Mountain West honors in 2010 and 2011. For Martin this is her second all-Mountain West honor as she was named third-team all-Mountain West in 2011. Heimstra receives her first collegiate honor. These three Rams helped CSU (13-16, 9-5 MW) secure the third seed in this week’s Mountain West tournament.
Mestdagh, a 5-10 senior from Ieper, Belgium, ranked in the top five in six statistical categories in MW play. She was first in steals (2.8 /game), first in three-pointers made (2.6), tied for second in assists (4.4), third in scoring (15.9), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and fifth in defensive rebounds (4.6). Mestdagh is CSU’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,662 points. That total leads all current players in the MW.
Martin, a sophomore from Parker, Colo., started 28 games and averaged 30.4 minutes per game while battling a knee injury. Martin is ranked in the top 10 in six categories in MW play. She is second in field-goal percentage (.556), second in free-throw percentage (.907), seventh in blocks (1.1 /game), fifth in rebounds (6.4), tied for seventh in defensive rebounding (4.1) and eighth in scoring (14.6). She leads all league sophomores in scoring and rebounding.
Heimstra, a junior from Longmont, Colo., is the first women’s basketball player at CSU to earn the Mountain West Sixth Player of the Year award. She came off the bench averaging 8.6 points per game, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 block. Heimstra is currently fourth on CSU’s all-time blocks list, recording 87 at this point in her career. She swatted 14 shots during conference play this season.
The Rams are in action against Boise State in the first round of MW tournament play in Las Vegas, Nev., Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:35 p.m. MT.