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Preview: Rams host UC Davis in round two of the WNIT on Sunday

March 17, 2017

2017 Women’s National Invitation Tournament Round Two
Colorado State Rams (25-8) vs. UC Davis Aggies (24-7)
Sunday, March 19 | 2 p.m. MT | Moby Arena (8,745) | Fort Collins, Colo.
Coverage: CSURams.com/videos (MW Network) | KARS 102.9 FM | Live Stats

Tickets:
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Twitter: @CSUWomensBball | @CSURamsGameday | @CSURams
Notes: Game Notes | Game Day Information

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Fresh off an overtime victory over Saint Mary’s, the Colorado State women’s basketball team has advanced to round two of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) and will host the UC Davis Aggies this Sunday at Moby Arena.

The Rams will host UC Davis at 2 p.m. MT from the friendly confines of Moby Arena. Tickets for CSU’s WNIT game on Sunday may be purchased through a call to 800-491-RAMS or at CSURams.com/tickets. Parking is available for this week’s WNIT game in the Moby Arena parking lot. Notably, any kindergarten through college-aged student can purchase a ticket for $4 with an ID.

On Thursday night, Colorado State (25-8) picked up its first postseason win with an 80-68 overtime victory over Saint Mary’s at Moby Arena. UC Davis (24-7) knocked off Utah on Friday night to advance to this Sunday’s round two matchup.

Live video for Sunday’s WNIT contest is available through CSURams.com/videos via the MW Network, while the radio broadcast will be carried on KARS 102.9 FM (Fort Collins) via the CSU Radio Network. Matthew Wozniak will be on the call for each broadcast. 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 round three of the WNIT. The Rams have advanced beyond round two of the WNIT twice in program history (2000 and 2003).
- Move the Rams to 17-1 at home this season, matching the single-season record for home wins set in 1998-99 and matched in 2002-03.
- Be the Rams’ 10th consecutive win at home, matching the seventh-longest home win streak in program history.
- Be Colorado State’s 26th win of the season, tying for the third-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), and have only won more than 26 games in 2015-16 (31) and in 1998-99 (33).
- Improve the Rams’ season win percentage to .765 (26-8). That would rank as the seventh-best single-season win percentage in program history.
- Make the Rams 8-5 all-time in the Postseason WNIT.

Layups
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 enter the postseason as once again one of the nation’s top defensive teams. The Rams rank fifth in the nation in scoring defense (53.5) and fourth in the country in field goal percentage defense (.338). The Rams have paired that with the nation’s seventh-lowest turnover rate (11.5) and the ninth-lowest personal fouls rate (13.2) en route to their fourth consecutive MW regular season title.
- CSU has been productive from the three-point arc, ranking 28th in the nation in three-point field goals made (250). The Rams improve their advantage from three-point range on the defensive end, as they are limiting opponents to the nation’s 12th-lowest three-point field goal percentage against (.274).
- CSU’s two seniors, Ellen Nystrom and Elin Gustavsson, have paced the Rams in scoring, averaging 15.0 and 14.6 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 fifth in the MW in scoring, while Gustavsson ranks eighth.
- Nystrom and Gustavsson also lead the team in rebounding, averaging 7.9 and 6.6 rebounds per game, respectively. Nystrom, who ranks sixth in the MW in rebounding, has 11 double-doubles this season, while Gustavsson has eight. Hannah Tvrdy ranks third on the Rams in each of those categories, averaging 8.3 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 (.513), while Tvrdy ranks sixth in the MW in field goal percentage (.447) and Nystrom ranks ninth (.443). CSU is the only team in the conference with three players ranked in the top 10 in that category.
- Tvrdy has also been efficient shooting from the three-point arc, as she ranks eighth in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.360). Stine Austgulen ranks ninth in the league in that category (.349), and 10th in three-point field goals made per game (1.7).
- Nystrom also ranks within the top 10 in the Mountain West in assists (fourth – 5.1 per game), free throw percentage (third - .821), assist/turnover ratio (second – 1.8), defensive rebounds per game (second – 7.0), minutes played (third – 35.2) and steals per game (second – 1.9). 
- Nystrom ranks 19th nationally in defensive rebounds per game (7.0) and 32nd in assists (168). 

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 579 assists for her career, and is 72 assists behind Mandi Moore, who ranks third all-time in MW history with 651 at New Mexico from 2001-05.
Elin Gustavsson is eighth all-time in scoring at CSU with 1,451 points, while Nystrom ranks ninth with 1,438 points for her career. Nystrom sits 39 points back of Ashley Augspurger (1,477), while Gustavsson is 26 points behind for seventh all-time.
- Nystrom also ranks within CSU’s top-10 rebounds leaders all-time with 871 for her career. Nystrom recently passed Katie Cronin (857) for third all-time at CSU, and is 65 behind Teresa James (936) for second on the all-time list.
- Nystrom recently joined CSU’s all-time career steals list, ranking seventh with 198 for her career. Nystrom sits eight steals behind Mary Jo Berenato, who ranks sixth with 206.
- Gustavsson ranks seventh on CSU’s all-time blocks list with 74. Gustavsson is nine blocks behind Lindsay Thomas (83) for sixth-place all-time.

Single Season Record Watch
Ellen Nystrom now owns two of the top three assist totals in a single season in CSU history, as her 2016-17 total of 168 ranks third all-time. Nystrom set the single-season record of 186 last season, while Becky Hammon owns the No. 2 (174 in 1998-99) total.
- Nystrom has made 119 free throws this season, the sixth-most in a single season in program history and one behind Angie Gorton’s 120 (2001-02) for fifth. Becky Hammon owns the top two totals (188 in 1998-99 and 148 in 1997-98), while Teresa James ranks third (137) and Karen Hosek-Kreuzer ranks fourth (125).
- Nystrom’s 260 rebounds this season rank as the fifth-most in a single season in program history. Teresa James owns the single-season record with 278 (1993-94). Janie Schieffelin’s total of 273 (1979-80) ranks second, followed by Jane Lange’s 272 in 1982-83 and Schieffelin’s 264 in 1978-79.
- Nystrom’s 64 steals this season nears one of the top 10 totals in program history. Nystrom needs four more to match Mary Jo Berenato’s 68 (1982-83).
Elin Gustavsson currently ranks ninth in program history for the most field goals made in a single season. The senior has converted on 195 attempts this season, matching Jane Lange’s 195 in 1980-81. Becky Hammon (eighth) made 200 in 1995-96, while Jodi Robers (seventh) made 211 in 1988-89. Hammon set the record with 261 in 1998-99.

Scouting UC Davis
- UC Davis enters this Sunday with a 24-7 record. The Rams and Aggies have never previously met.
- The Aggies won the Big West outright with a 14-2 conference record to earn the league’s automatic bid to the WNIT. The Aggies fell in the Big West Tournament semifinal to UC Santa Barbara, 73-59.
- UC Davis is led offensively by Morgan Bertsch, who entered Friday’s contest with Utah averaging a team-best 16.4 points per game on .523 shooting. The Aggies have three athletes averaging double-digit points per game, including Bertsch, Dani Nafekh (11.5) and Pele Gianotti (11.4).
- Nafekh is one of the nation’s most dangerous long-range shooters, as she ranks third in the country with a .483 three-point percentage (58-of-120). Nafekh has helped UC Davis to the nation’s 23rd-best three-point field goal percentage (.363).
- UC Davis is economical in committing personal fouls, as the Aggies entered Friday’s action ranked 16th in the nation for fewest fouls (433). The Aggies pair that with the nation’s 28th-fewest turnovers (403).
- The Aggies are efficient on both ends of the floor in terms of field goal percentage for and allowed. The Aggies rank 41st in the nation in field goal percentage (.441), and 28th in field goal percentage defense (.361).

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 63 regular season 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 regular season MW 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.

Rams Earn First Postseason Win Since 2003
- With an 80-68 overtime victory over Saint Mary’s on March 16, Colorado State picked up its first postseason win since 2003.
- The win pushed CSU to 7-5 overall in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, and 12-11 all-time in postseason tournaments.
- In each of the previous two times CSU won its opening game of the WNIT, the Rams advanced to the semifinals of the tournament.
- CSU rallied from a 10-point deficit to force the game to overtime tied up at 62 points apiece. The Rams outscored the Gaels, 18-6, in a commanding overtime performance.

Rams Make Fourth Consecutive Postseason Appearance
- With their automatic bid to this season’s Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament, the Colorado State women’s basketball team will play in the postseason for the fourth consecutive season.
- Colorado State is 6-5 all-time in the WNIT.
- Under fifth-year head coach Ryun Williams, CSU has also made WNIT appearances in 2013-14 and 2014-15, along with an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015-16.
- The Rams have only had one other stretch of consecutive tournament appearances, with that streak occurring from 1998-2004.

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.

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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