April 11, 2012
By Keeley Brown
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State women's basketball program made strides of improvement this past season under Head Coach Kristen Holt.
During the 2011-12 season, the Rams had an overall record of 13-17, and 9-5 in conference play, improving their conference record from the previous season's 7-9 finish in the Mountain West. CSU earned a third-place conference ranking. Colorado State rode a seven game win streak at home this season, going undefeated at home in league play for the first time since 2002-03. The Rams also had conference sweeps over MW opponents Boise State and Air Force.
Returning seniors Kim Mestdagh and Kelly Hartig helped successfully chief the team during their last season at Colorado State. Hartig was a great asset to the team averaging 5.1 rebounds per game and averaging 6.9 points per game during conference play. She scored a career high on Feb. 14, tallying 20 points against Boise State. Kelly ranked fourth in the Mountain West with a field goal pct. of .536 in Mw games.
Kim Mestdagh had another phenomenal season, leading the Mountain West in steals, averaging 2.6 steals per game, and in three-pointers, and averaging 2.3 per game. In Colorado State's history, Mestdagh ranks fourth in points with 1,676, fourth in field goals made with 569, fourth in steals with 233, second in three-point field goals made with 290, and second in three-point field goal attempts with 823. Kim was voted First-team all-conference for 2012 and was named Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year.
Junior Meghan Heimstra was voted Sixth Player of the Year this season. Heimstra's steady play helped the team immensely with her averaging 8.3 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and tallying 48 steals and 34 blocks this season.
Returning sophomore captains Sam Martin
and Hayley Thompson
helped lead the team last season. Thompson averaged 5.1 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game and had 25 steals this season, while Martin averaged 13.1 points per game and 30 blocks this season. Martin ranked fifth in the Mountain West in rebounding averaging 6.4 during MW play, and second with a field-goal percentage of .556. Sam was also named second-team all-conference. She finished fourth in the country in free-throw percentage with .901.
Colorado State added five true freshman to the roster this year: LaDeyah Forte, Hanne Mestdagh, Carlyn Chavez, Kara Spotton, and Morgan Hunt. Forte and saw substantial action for the Rams, taking the second-place rank in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and a fourth-place rank in the conference with 106 assists.
Mandy Makeever started in five of the nine games she played before falling prey to a shoulder injury, averaging 6.3 points per game, and 1.7 rebounds per game. Twin sister Amber Makeever took a medical redshirt for the season due to a hip injury.
- Finished third in the Mountain West
- Finished 9-5 in MW action
- Swept Air Force and Boise State
- Team ranked first in free-throw pct. (.746), field-goal pct. (.429), assists (14.6 per game), defensive rebounds (24.5 per game) and rebounding defense (33.7 per game)
- Mestdagh named first-team all-conference
- Martin named second-team all-conference
- Leader, scoring: Mestdagh, 443
- Leader, assists: Forte (106) and Mestdagh (120)
- Leader, rebounds: Martin, 174