Head Coach Kristen Holt
April 14, 2011
By Amanda Nutting
Athletic Media Relations
The Colorado State women’s basketball team has continued to improve under the direction of Head Coach Kristen Holt.
During the 2010-11 season, the Rams posted an overall record of 14-16, and a 7-9 mark in conference play. The Rams finished the season with a fourth-place conference ranking, the highest ranking since the 2003-04 season and four spots higher than the 2009-10 campaign. The Rams also marked big conference wins including regular-season sweeps over MWC opponents Air Force and San Diego State.
Colorado State added some depth to its bench this season, including signing four true freshmen: Sam Martin, Hayley Thompson, Amber Makeever and Mandy Makeever. Kelly Hartig, a junior transfer from Virginia, also became eligible to play.
Returning seniors Bonnie Barbee, Zoi Simmons and Sarah Hemmings helped lead the team from the guard position. Barbee scored a combined 34 points in the last four contests for the Rams. Simmons played in 13 contests before an ankle injury took her out the rest of the season. Hemmings led the team in assists per game with 3.2. She was recognized for academic excellence, making the Dean’s list with a 3.8 GPA, and received a community service award for her community involvement.
Junior Kim Mestdagh had another outstanding season, leading the team with 513 points. Mestdagh hit her 1,000th career point against UNLV on Jan. 18 at Moby Arena. She finished the season with 1,233 career points. Hartig saw significant minutes for the Rams in eight games, averaging 18.3 minutes per contest. Meghan Heimstra redshirted this season due to injury but will return next year for the Rams.
Sophomores Chantel Kennedy and Meixandra Porter saw significant action for the Rams. Kennedy led the team in assists with 79, and was the second-leading player in steals with 47. Porter averaged 7.7 points and 19.9 minutes per contest.
Martin had a stellar performance throughout the season. The only true post player on the team was named third-team all-MWC. Martin ranked 18th in the nation in field-goal percentage (.549) and led the team with 6.5 rebounds per game. Thompson was one of only three players to see action in all 30 contests and now ranked third at CSU in single-season 3-point percentage ( .440). Amber Makeever saw action in 27 of the 30 games for the Rams and averaged 2.5 points. Mandy Makeever started her first and only game, and shot .600 (3-5) for the Rams before undergoing shoulder surgery.
The Rams have signed an additional three players to extend the bench for the 2011-12 season. These players, and returning injured players, will add height to the team as they continue to embark down the road of improvement.
Finished fourth in the Mountain West Conference
Finished 7-9 in MWC action
Swept Air Force and San Diego State
Team ranked third for highest free-throw percentage in the conference with .742
Mestdagh named second-team all-MWC
Martin named third-team all-MWC
Leader, scoring: Mestdagh, 513
Leader, assists: Kennedy, 79
Leader, rebounds: Sam Martin, 196
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