Senior F Megan Heimstra
Aug. 21, 2012
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Returning a two-time all-conference selection and the reigning Mountain West Sixth Player of the Year, the Rams and new Head Coach Ryun Williams are eager to begin the 2012-13 campaign.
This year’s schedule will be a difficult one as Colorado State will face eight teams that played in the 2012 postseason, including two NCAA contenders and five WNIT participants.
“We are very excited about the upcoming season,” commented Williams. “We are thrilled to be playing 15 home games in a raucous Moby Arena. This strong competitive schedule will provide our team with great challenges and opportunities to grow throughout the year.”
The team opens exhibition play vs. Colorado School of Mines on Nov. 1. The Orediggers will be the Rams’ only tune-up before the home opener vs. Montana State on Nov. 11. The Bobcats are one of 10 teams on CSU’s schedule with 19 or more wins in 2011-12.
Following the opener, the team will be home for three more contests vs. in-state rival Northern Colorado, Seattle and Toledo on Nov. 13, 17 and 20, respectively. All three teams took part in last year’s postseason. After finishing second in the Big Sky Conference, UNC fell in the first round of the WNIT to Colorado. Seattle, which completed its best season in program history last year with a 20-12 record, advanced to the final four of the Women’s Basketball Invitational before faltering vs. Northern Iowa. Toledo made it all the way to the Elite Eight in the WNIT before losing to Syracuse in overtime.
The first time the Rams leave Colorado soil is on Nov. 28, when they travel to Los Angeles, Calif., for the beginning of a four-game road stint at Loyola Marymount. The team will have a brief Thanksgiving Day break before heading out east to WNIT contender Bowling Green on Dec. 1.
Colorado State then travels an hour south to renew its annual rivalry at Colorado on Dec. 5. The Buffaloes went far in the WNIT, advancing to the Elite Eight, and finished with a 21-14 record in 2011-12. The Rams’ final road contest of the stretch is at Tulsa on Dec. 8.
After a short hiatus to pass final exams, CSU will be back at Moby for the first time in nearly a month to challenge CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 16. Following that the Rams final home game in 2012 will feature a tough Denver squad that finished 19-12 last year, on Dec. 20.
The team will travel home for the holidays before reconvening in Bronx, N.Y., for the Fordham Holiday Classic on Dec. 29-30. Though opponents are not set yet, Colorado State will join Lafayette and Providence at Fordham for the tournament.
The New Year begins with the final nonconference matchup vs. Division II school South Dakota Tech on Jan. 4.
The Rams will have the first bye on the Mountain West slate before opening league play vs. the MW champion San Diego State Aztecs. Games vs. SDSU in mid-January, UNLV the following week and Fresno State the week after that will all be televised on CBS Sports Network. Exact dates and times will be announced at a later date.
CSU’s conference schedule follows a two-away, two-home format this season with the next two games on the road at Air Force on Jan. 16 and UNLV the following weekend.
The team returns to Moby in the latter part of January for two games vs. New Mexico on Jan. 23 and NCAA competitor Fresno State, which finished with an impressive 28-6 record, that weekend.
The Rams will be anxious to return to Boise State on Jan. 30 after the Broncos ousted them in the first round of the Mountain West tournament last year. After that, CSU heads closer to home to Laramie, Wyo., for the first installment of the Border War. The Rams close out the first round of conference play in Moby Arena vs. MW newcomer Nevada on Feb. 6, before the second round begins one week later on Feb. 13.
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