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Preview: No. 1 seed Rams face No. 4 seed Boise State in MW Championship semifinals

March 8, 2017

2017 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship Semifinal
Colorado State Rams (24-7, 15-3 MW) vs. No. 4 seed Boise State (23-7, 12-5 MW)
Wednesday, March 8 | 7:30 p.m. MT/6:30 p.m. PT | Thomas & Mack Center | Las Vegas, Nev.
Coverage: CSURams.com/videos (MW Network) | KARS 102.9 FM | Live Stats

Should CSU advance - 2017 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship Final
Colorado State Rams (24-7, 15-3 MW) vs. TBD
Friday, March 10 | 1 p.m. MT/Noon PT | Thomas & Mack Center | Las Vegas, Nev.
Coverage: CSURams.com/videos (MW Network) | KARS 102.9 FM | Live Stats

Twitter: @CSUWomensBball | @CSURamsGameday | @CSURams
Notes: Game Notes | MW Championship Supplement

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The top-seeded Colorado State women’s basketball team is set to take on the No. 4 seed Boise State Broncos on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship from the Thomas & Mack Center.

Colorado State (24-7) faces the Broncos (23-7) at 6:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday. The Rams advanced to the semifinals of the MW Championships with a 65-60 victory over San Jose State in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Should the Rams advance, they will play in the championship game on Friday, March 10 at noon PT/1 p.m. MT.

CSU and Boise State split their two regular season matchups, with the Broncos winning 51-45 on Dec. 31, and the Rams winning on Feb. 1, 60-53.

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

A CSU Win Would…
- Advance the Colorado State women’s basketball team to the championship game of the Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championships.
- Mark the second straight season that the Rams have advanced to the MW Championships final.
- Be Colorado State’s 25th win of the season, tying for the fourth-most wins in a single season in program history. The Rams have won at least 23 games in each of the past four seasons (including 2016-17).
- Improve the Rams’ season win percentage to .781 (25-7). That would match the fifth-best single-season win percentage in program history (2000-01).
- Make the Rams 17-15 all-time at the MW Women’s Basketball Championship.
- Move CSU to 8-3 all-time when playing as the No. 1 seed in the MW Women’s Basketball Championship.
- Move the Rams to 2-0 in neutral site games this season.
- Be CSU’s seventh win in its last eight games against conference opponents.

The Path Through the Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship
- With its record fourth consecutive outright regular season Mountain West championship, the Colorado State women’s basketball team has clinched the No. 1 seed in the MW Women’s Basketball Championship. The Rams had a bye for the first round on Monday
- Colorado State advanced to the semifinals of the MW Women’s Basketball Championship with a 65-60 win over No. 8 seed San Jose State in the quarterfinals.
- CSU faces No. 4 seed Boise State in the semifinal after the Broncos defeated New Mexico in the quarterfinal. One of the Rams’ three MW losses – and its only loss at home – came to the Broncos on Dec. 31 (51-45). However, the Rams defeated Boise State on the road later in the season, 60-53.
- A victory in the semifinals would set the Rams up to play for the MW Women’s Basketball Championship at noon PT/1 p.m. MT. Possible remaining opponents from the other side of the bracket are No. 2 seed Wyoming, No. 3 seed UNLV, No. 6 seed Utah State and No. 7 seed Fresno State. Wyoming and UNLV each had first-round byes by virtue of being one of the top-five seeded teams.

Rams’ 2017 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship Schedule
Quarterfinal – Tuesday, March 7 - Noon PT/1 p.m. MT - No. 1 seed Colorado State def. No. 8 seed San Jose State (65-60)
Semifinal - Wednesday, March 8 - 6:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. MT – No. 1 seed Colorado State vs. No. 4 seed Boise State
Final (should CSU advance) – Friday, March 10 - Noon PT/1 p.m. MT – No. 1 seed Colorado State vs. TBD

- Ellen Nystrom and Elin Gustavsson each earned Mountain West postseason awards. Nystrom became the first MW athlete since 2005-06 to repeat as MW Player of the Year, and earned her fourth career All-Mountain West and MW All-Defensive Team honors. Gustavsson was also named All-Mountain West.
- The Rams finished the regular season as once again one of the nation’s top defensive teams. The Rams rank fourth in the nation in scoring defense (52.4) and fourth 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 consecutive MW regular season title.
- CSU has been productive from the three-point arc, ranking 39th in the nation in three-point field goals made (231). 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 (.266).
- CSU’s two seniors, Ellen Nystrom and Elin Gustavsson, have paced the Rams in scoring, averaging 15.2 and 14.2 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 fifth in the MW in scoring, while Gustavsson ranks ninth.
- Nystrom and Gustavsson also lead the team in rebounding, averaging 7.9 and 6.4 rebounds per game, respectively. Nystrom, who ranks sixth in the MW in rebounding, has 10 double-doubles this season, while Gustavsson has seven. Hannah Tvrdy ranks third on the Rams in each of those categories, averaging 8.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game so far this season. 
- Gustavsson leads the team and ranks fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (.508), while Tvrdy ranks sixth in the MW in field goal percentage (.457) and Nystrom ranks 10th (.445).
- Nystrom also ranks within the top 10 in the Mountain West in assists (third – 5.2 per game), free throw percentage (third - .836), assist/turnover ratio (second – 1.8), defensive rebounds per game (second – 7.1), minutes played (third – 34.8) and steals per game (second – 2.0). 
- Nystrom ranks 17th nationally in defensive rebounds per game (7.1), 35th in assists per game (5.2) and 43rd nationally in free throw percentage (.836).

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 570 assists for her career, and is 81 assists behind Mandi Moore, who ranks third all-time in MW history with 651 at New Mexico from 2001-05.
- With one more start, Nystrom will break 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 is tied for first in MW history with 128 games started in her career, while Gustavsson ranks fourth in MW history with 127 starts.
- Nystrom now ranks eighth all-time in scoring at CSU with 1,413 points for her career. Nystrom sits 64 points back of Ashley Augspurger (1,477) for seventh all-time. Elin Gustavsson is ninth on that list with 1,409 points, placing four points behind Nystrom.
- Nystrom also ranks within CSU’s top-10 rebounds leaders all-time with 857 for her career. Nystrom is tied with Katie Cronin (857) for third all-time at CSU, and is 79 behind Teresa James (936) for second on the all-time list.
- Nystrom recently joined CSU’s all-time career steals list, ranking seventh with 126 for her career. Nystrom sits 10 steals behind Mary Jo Berenato, who ranks sixth with 206.
- Gustavsson ranks seventh on CSU’s all-time blocks list with 73. Gustavsson is 10 blocks behind Lindsay Thomas (83) for sixth-place all-time.
Ellen Nystrom now owns two of the top four assist totals in a single season in CSU history, as her 2016-17 total of 159 ranks fourth 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.

Scouting Boise State
- Boise State enters Wednesday’s matchup as the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. The Broncos finished with a  12-6 Mountain West record this season. The Broncos won the first meeting between the two schools, 51-46, but the Rams earned a season split with a 60-53 victory in Boise later in the season.
- Boise State has ranked amongst the nation’s top teams at defending the three-point shot. The Broncos rank 13th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense (.273). 
- Riley Lupfer paces the team with a .362 three-point field goal percentage, while leading scorer Brooke Pahukoa is shooting .349 from beyond the arc.
- Pahukoa leads the team with 13.6 points per game, while each of Shalen Shaw and Marijke Vanderschaaf averages 10.4.
- Boise State guard Yaiza Rodriguez ranks 22nd in the nation and second in the conference in assists per game (5.9).

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 - 63 (15 wins/15 wins/18 wins/15 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
T-18th - 47 (11/11/13/12) – TCU (women’s) – 2005-09
T-18th - 47 (12/11/12/12) – Boise State (women’s) – 2013-17
T-20th - 46 (9/7/15/15) – Colorado State (women’s) – 2011-15
T-20th - 46 (12/12/13/9) – TCU (women’s) – 2008-12
T-20th - 46 (16/13/10/7) – Utah (women’s) – 2007-11
T-20th - 46 (12/12/11/11) – New Mexico (women’s) – 2003-07
T-20th - 46 (12/12/12/10) – Utah (women’s) – 2003-07
T-20th - 46 (14/8/12/12) – Utah (women’s) – 2000-04

Most Mountain West Wins Over Four-Year Span (top 20 - women’s only)
1st - 63 (15 wins/15 wins/18 wins/15 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
T-11th - 47 (11/11/13/12) – TCU (women’s) – 2005-09
T-11th - 47 (12/11/12/12) – Boise State (women’s) – 2013-17
T-13th - 46 (9/7/15/15) – Colorado State (women’s) – 2011-15
T-13th - 46 (12/12/13/9) – TCU (women’s) – 2008-12
T-13th - 46 (16/13/10/7) – Utah (women’s) – 2007-11
T-13th - 46 (12/12/11/11) – New Mexico (women’s) – 2003-07
T-13th - 46 (12/12/12/10) – Utah (women’s) – 2003-07
T-13th - 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
63 (15 wins/15 wins/18 wins/15 wins) - Colorado State (women’s) – 2013-17
49 (13/13/15/8) - Fresno State (women’s) – 2013-17
47 (12/11/12/12) – Boise State (women’s) – 2013-17
40 (9/10/9/12) - UNLV (women’s) -2013-17
39 (6/14/9/10) – New Mexico (women’s) – 2013-17
39 (10/10/6/13) – 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
29 (9/8/6/6) – 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

Ellen NystromElin Gustavsson Earn Mountain West Postseason Honors
- Seniors Ellen Nystrom and Elin Gustavsson each picked up postseason honors from the Mountain West for their standout 2016-17 seasons. Nystrom received three honors, including her second straight MW Player of the Year honor and her fourth All-Mountain West and All-Defensive honors. Gustavsson joined Nystrom on the All-Mountain West team.
- Nystrom is only the third player in MW history to win multiple player of the year awards, the second to repeat as player of the year among current conference institutions (UNLV’s Linda Frohlich) and the first in MW history to repeat since 2005-06 (Utah’s Kim Smith).
- Nystrom joins Sam Martin, Becky Hammon, Katie Cronin and Teresa James as the only players in program history to be four-time all-conference selections.

Ellen Nystrom Picks Up Third Mountain West Player of the Week Honor of the Season
- After having a week that sealed the Rams’ fourth consecutive outright Mountain West regular season title, senior guard Ellen Nystrom was named MW Player of the Week. It was the third weekly conference honor for her this season and the fourth of her career. Only two other players in the MW had won three weekly honors this season.
- Nystrom scored 22 points with 10 rebounds and six assists as the Rams clinched at least a share of the MW regular season title with a 58-55 victory over New Mexico. The key offensive moment for Nystrom came in the final seconds, when she scored on a layup beyond the reach of the Lobos’ Richelle van der Keijl to put the Rams up by three at 58-55. Then on the defensive end, Nystrom cleanly blocked Alex Lapeyrolerie from three-point range and the Lobos were never able to get a shot off.
- Nystrom helped the Rams seal the title outright with a near triple-double at San Diego State, scoring seven points with eight rebounds and 10 assists. The Rams won that game, 80-46.

Ellen Nystrom Breaks Becky Hammon’s All-Time Assists Record
- With six assists on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Fresno State, senior guard Ellen Nystrom set the all-time career assists record at CSU. The record had been held for 20 years by CSU great Becky Hammon, who finished her career with 538 assists.
- Nystrom owns numerous assists records at CSU. The Lulea, Sweden native owns the single-game assists record (16 vs. Fresno State on March 11, 2016), single-season assists record (186 in 2016) and now the career assists record.

Elin Gustavsson Earns Third Career MW Player of the Week Honor
- With a career-best scoring performance and her fourth double-double of the season, senior forward Elin Gustavsson was named Mountain West Player of the Week on Jan. 30.
- Gustavsson has led the Rams in scoring for the past three games, including her career-best 32-point performance in the Rams' 60-43 win over San Diego State. The senior made 13-of-21 field goal attempts against the Aztecs, and added six rebounds.
- Gustavsson added a double-double in a 68-56 CSU victory at San Jose State. Gustavsson tallied 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting and corralled 10 rebounds en route to her fourth double-double of the season.

Nystrom and 2015-16 Rams Honored by Sportswomen of Colorado
- Senior guard Ellen Nystrom and the 2015-16 Rams added to their extensive collection of accolades on Thursday, Jan. 26, when each received honors from the Sportswomen of Colorado.
- The Sportwomen of Colorado named Ellen Nystrom the 2016 College Basketball Player of the Year, which is the fourth major individual honor she has received either during or leading up to the 2016-17 season (2016-17 Preseason Mountain West Player of the Year, 2016 Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Female College Athlete of the Year, 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award candidate).
- The 2015-16 Colorado State women’s basketball team was selected as the team of the year among all sports and at any level.  Amongst other accomplishments last season, the Rams finished with a program-best 31-2 record and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002.

Nystrom Named Female College Athlete of the Year by Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
- Adding to an already impressive set of accolades, senior guard Ellen Nystrom was chosen by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame as the 2016 College Female Athlete of the Year.
- Nystrom is the ninth CSU athlete to win the award, the most of any school. Former CSU great and current San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon was also a recipient of the award, and is the only three-time recipient in the award’s history.
- A CSU male or female athlete has now been honored by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in six of the past seven years, as well as in each of the past four years.

Nystrom a Candidate for 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award
- Senior guard Ellen Nystrom is one of 30 candidates across the nation to be named a candidate for the 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award.
- The Senior CLASS Award is one of the nation’s premier awards honoring complete student-athletes. To be eligible for the award, potential candidates must have senior eligibility at the NCAA Division I level and must demonstrate excellence in the community, in the classroom, as well as in her character and in competition.
- Of the 30 candidates identified for this season’s Senior CLASS Award, Nystrom is the only player to be selected from the Mountain West. Furthermore, Nystrom is the first player from the Mountain West to be a candidate for the award since Caroline Durbin of New Mexico was a candidate in 2012-13.

Williams Reaches 100 Wins Milestone at CSU
- Fifth-year head coach Ryun Williams won his 100th game as head coach at CSU with the Rams’ 70-67 overtime win against San Jose State.
- Williams is the third coach in program history to win 100 games as head coach of the Rams. Ryun Williams joins Greg Williams (108 wins) and Tom Collen (129 wins).

Williams Wins Program-Record 57th Conference Game
- Along with earning his 100th win at CSU against San Jose State, fifth-year head coach Ryun Williams also picked up his 57th conference victory, the most under any head coach in program history.
- Williams broke the previous record held by Tom Collen, who won 56 conference games during his tenure as head coach at Colorado State.

Historic Mountain West Win Streaks Come to an End
- CSU had a pair of unprecedented conference win streaks come to an end earlier this season. The Rams had put together program best win streaks of 22 games (including postseason) and 25 games (regular season only) against Mountain West foes.
- CSU’s 22-game MW win streak (including postseason) neared the all-time top 20 list in NCAA record books, as official records span back to a 24-game win streak in the Atlantic 10 by Temple from 2004-05.
- The Rams’ 22-game conference win streak (including postseason) also ranked as the third best in the nation before ending. CSU ranked only behind UConn and Notre Dame, and was tied with South Carolina.

Defend Moby
- With its win against Seattle on Dec. 18, CSU recorded its 22nd straight win, setting the program record for its longest home winning streak in program history. The Rams had previously won 21 consecutive games at Moby Arena during 1998-99. The Rams’ home win streak ended on Dec. 31 vs. Boise State.
- With the win streak that dates back to last season, the Rams currently had the fourth-longest active home winning streak in the country. CSU trailed only UConn, Baylor and Army in that category.
- Under head coach Ryun Williams, the Rams broken program records for longest winning streak (28 in 2015-16), longest road winning streak (12 in 2015-16) and now, longest home winning streak (22 broke the record on Dec. 18).

Nystrom First in Mountain West to Earn Pair of Weekly Honors
- Senior guard Ellen Nystrom put the Rams on her back in their 66-62 win over Seattle. Nystrom recorded her second double-double of the season, including a career-high 33 points with 13 rebounds.
- Nystrom accounted for half of the team’s 66 points, while her 13 field goals made were the sixth-most in a single game in program history and over half of the team’s 24 field goals made on Sunday.
- The 2016-17 Preseason Mountain West Player of the Year picked up the first and sixth MW Player of the Week honors of the season, becoming the first to win multiple weekly honors during the 2016-17 season.

Rams Navigate One of Nation’s Most Challenging Early Schedules
- CSU has not backed down from the nation’s top competition through the first few weeks of the season, taking on each of then-No. 15/13 Washington, then-No. 13/12 Oklahoma, Nebraska and No. 18 Colorado on the road.
- CSU is one of only a handful of teams to face a pair of AP top-15 opponents through the first month of the season. Only 10 other schools had done so at that point: Baylor, Cal Poly, Connecticut, DePaul, Gonzaga, Houston Baptist, Maine, Ohio State, South Carolina and Texas.
- Of that list, CSU was only one of seven teams outside the five power conferences to face multiple AP top-15 opponents in November. Furthermore, only two teams in the nation other than CSU faced each of those top-15 opponents in true road contests: Cal Poly and Houston Baptist.
- With CSU’s trip to then-No. 18 Colorado on Dec. 8, CSU was at that point the only Division I team in the nation to play three top-20 opponents on the road.

Kaiser’s Breakout Week
- On the road against Colorado, the Rams’ third top-20 opponent of the season, CSU turned to sophomore Callie Kaiser off the bench. Kaiser responded, scoring a career-high and team-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
- Following that effort, Kaiser was rewarded with her first career start against New Mexico Highlands. Kaiser strong week continued, as she set another career high for points, tallying 20 against the Cowgirls on 7-of-9 shooting.
- For the week, Kaiser averaged 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and four assists. Kaiser shot .824 (14-of-17) from the floor, and .714 (5-of-7) from beyond the three-point arc.

Rams Set School Single-Game Three-Point Field Goals Record
- Having already broken the school single-game blocks record this season, the Rams drained 20 three-point field goals against New Mexico Highlands to add another single-game program record to the list.
- Seven different Rams made at least one three-point field goal against the Cowgirls, and six Rams made multiple three-point field goals. The performance ended up lifting the Rams to a 65-point win (96-31), CSU’s fourth-largest margin of victory in program history.
- The previous record was 19, a total the Rams racked up against San Jose State on Feb. 1, 2014. The rest of the then-top five (now top six) performances were made up by a four-way tie at 14 three-pointers in a game. The 2014 team also had one of those 14 three-point field goal outings, recording it against Utah State on Feb. 12, 2014.

Gustavsson and Nystrom Reach 1,000-Point Milestone
- Two of CSU’s most consistent scorers throughout their respective careers, seniors Elin Gustavsson and Ellen Nystrom have become the 18th and 19th players, respectively, in program history to reach 1,000 career points.
- The duo of Nystrom and Gustavsson join select company in CSU’s history. The only other senior classes to include two 1,000-point scorers are Melissa Dennett/Lindsay Thomas (2002-06), Becky Hammon/Katie Cronin (1995-99) and Karen Hosek-Kreuzer/Sherry Neely (1981-85).

Rams Break Program’s Single-Game Blocks Record
- Of the many notable performances from the Rams’ 76-29 win over Adams State was CSU’s proficiency in blocking shots. The Rams denied 13 of the Grizzlies’ attempts, marking a new single-game school record for blocked shots.
- CSU’s 13 blocks were the most since the Rams blocked 11 shots against Idaho on Nov. 24, 2006. The Rams tallied 11 blocks two other times previously.
- Of the 13 blocks, six were accounted for by Anna Dreimane in just 12 minutes of action.
- Dreimane’s six blocks in that game tied for the third-most in a single game in CSU history. The record is held by Teresa James, who denied 10 shots against Baylor on Dec. 12, 1992.

Nystrom Earns Mountain West’s First Player of the Week Award of 2016-17
- Following the top scoring performance of her career, senior guard Ellen Nystrom was the recipient of the Mountain West’s first Women’s Basketball Player of the Year award of the 2016-17 season.
- Nystrom scored the most points of any Mountain West player through Nov. 13, dropping a career-high 22 points to lead the Rams to a 69-42 win over Omaha. Nystrom shot .571 (8-for-14) for the night, marking the second-highest shooting percentage of any MW player over that period. Rounding out an impressive start to her senior campaign was a career-high three offensive rebounds (five total).
- The weekly honor was the second of Nystrom’s career. Her first came on March 6, 2016.

Rams Picked to Win Mountain West Title
- For the third consecutive season, the Rams have been the pick by conference coaches and select media to win the Mountain West. The preseason nod is the CSU’s fourth all-time. In each of the previous three instances, the Rams have gone on to win the Mountain West.
- CSU received 283 points in the voting, including 17 of 29 possible first-place votes. Boise State finished second in the voting with 271 points and 11 first-place votes, while Fresno State checked in at third in the league with 221 points. New Mexico received the remaining first-place vote, and finished sixth in the preseason poll (176 points).

Nystrom Named Preseason MW Player of the Year
- Leading the top returners for CSU is senior guard Ellen Nystrom, who was named the 2016-17 Preseason MW Player of the Year as part of the preseason conference voting. During conference play last season, Nystrom averaged 11.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game, along with the league’s best assist/turnover ratio (2.6).
- Program records held by Nystrom include CSU’s single-season assists record (186) – a record previously held by CSU great Becky Hammon – as well as the single-game program record for assists (16), which she set in the 2016 MW Tournament championship game.

CSU in the National Polls to Open 2016-17
- In the first polls leading up to the 2016-17 women’s basketball season, Colorado State is receiving votes in both national polls – the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. At the start of the season, CSU received 17 votes in the coaches’ poll, and 10 from the AP.
- The Rams entered the polls last season, climbing as high as No. 22 entering NCAA Tournament play. Last season’s stretch of rankings marked the first time since 2002 that CSU had been nationally ranked by the AP Poll.

Rams Look for Fourth Straight Postseason Berth
- Entering the 2016-17 season, the Rams will be looking for their fourth straight postseason appearance. The 2015-16 Rams reached the NCAA Tournament after a dramatic win over Fresno State in the MW Tournament championship game, while each of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 teams earned selections to the WNIT.
- CSU’s bid to the NCAA Tournament last season was its sixth all-time. Before the 2015-16 season, the Rams had not reached the NCAA Tournament since 2002.

Rams to Defend Three Consecutive MW Regular Season Titles
- CSU was once again picked to win the Mountain West in 2016-17, and will look to defend each of its regular season and tournament titles. The Rams have won the MW in the regular season in each of the past three seasons (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16).
- No other program in Mountain West history has ever won three consecutive regular season conference titles outright. Additionally, no current MW member has ever won consecutive regular season titles. The only other program to win consecutive regular season titles was Utah.

Elite Defense
- During the Ryun Williams era at CSU, one of the hallmarks of CSU’s success has been stellar defense. The Rams expect to be strong on the defensive end again in 2016-17.
- In 2015-16, the Rams ranked fifth in the nation in field goal percentage defense, sixth in scoring defense and eighth in three-point field goal defense. CSU was the only team in the country to be ranked in the top eight in each of the three defensive categories at the end of last season.

2015-16 at a Glance
- CSU put together one of the program’s all-time best seasons in 2015-16, reaching the NCAA Tournament after a MW Tournament championship and its third straight MW regular-season championship. The Rams went 31-2 (.939) in 2015-16, and finished a perfect 18-0 in conference play.
- With their 18-0 league record, the Rams became the first team in conference history to win the Mountain West outright in three consecutive seasons. CSU went 15-3 in each of 2013-14 and 2014-15 en route to respective regular season titles in each of those seasons.
- The 2015-16 CSU squad is also the only team to this point to finish unbeaten in conference play since the Mountain West transitioned to an 18-game league schedule, and only the third team to accomplish that feat overall. The last team to finish unbeaten in MW play was Utah in 2007-08. No current MW member other than CSU has ever gone undefeated in league play.
- The Rams MW Tournament championship hoisted them to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2002. CSU also cracked the AP Top 25 in 2015-16, a feat the Rams had also last accomplished in 2002.
- CSU’s winning percentage of .939 last season was the best in program history. The Rams enter this season with active win streaks of 15 games at Moby Arena and 12 games in true road contests.
- Ellen Nystrom became the second Ram all-time to be named MW Player of the Year (Gritt Ryder in 2014-15). Ryun Williams was named MW Coach of the Year, earning the award for his second time in four years.



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