Aug. 23, 2010
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Losing only one starter from last year’s team, Head Coach Kristen Holt and the Rams have plenty of experience as they enter the 2010-11 season. That season begins with a tough non-conference schedule before MWC play, as CSU faces four teams that went to the NCAA tournament last season.
Colorado State returns eight letterwinners from last year, including the Mountain West’s leading returning point scorer Kim Mestdagh, who was honored with second-team all-MWC accolades this spring.
The team opens exhibition play vs. Colorado Christian on Nov. 5 for its only preseason bout, opening the regular season a week later on Nov. 12 vs. Northern Iowa, one of the four 2009-10 NCAA tournament teams the Rams will face this season.
CSU’s first road trip will be its longest, 1,679 miles to Florida State for a Nov. 18 matchup. The No. 9/11 Seminoles tied for first place in the ACC and made the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament last year before falling to the eventual champion Connecticut. The Rams will then head to Grand Forks, N.D., to face North Dakota Nov. 21.
The Rams host six of their first eight contests at Moby Arena, including a rematch Nov. 23 vs. Denver after a tough loss last season, and the 17th annual Coors Light Rocky Mountain Invitational. Teams participating in the tournament include Texas Southern, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and future Mountain West opponent Boise State. CSU will face the two Texas schools Nov. 27-28.
December begins with instate-rival matchups vs. Northern Colorado (Dec. 2), and a double-header with the men’s team at Colorado (Dec. 8). Colorado State travels south to Tempe, Ariz., to take on Arizona State (Dec. 11), and then returns home to challenge South Dakota (Dec. 28). The Rams will then travel back to the East Coast for two games in the Carolinas, Western Carolina (Dec. 28) and Winthrop (Dec. 30). A contest at home vs. Pepperdine on Jan. 2 wraps up the non-conference schedule.
Colorado State’s conference slate opens on the road against Border War rival Wyoming on Jan. 5. It marks the second straight year that the Rams open against their rivals to the north. The MWC schedule will include a pair of dates against two teams, TCU and San Diego State, that took part in the NCAA tournament. The Aztecs finished ranked 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 after advancing to the Sweet 16 with upsets over No. 20 Texas and No. 10 West Virginia.
The Rams will also play two dates each against rivals New Mexico, UNLV, BYU, Air Force and Utah, in the Utes’ final season as a member of the Mountain West Conference.
Three of CSU’s Mountain West Conference dates will be televised live on The Mtn., Jan. 15 at TCU, Jan. 18 vs. UNLV and Jan. 25 at Air Force.
The Conoco Mountain West Conference Championships are slated for March 8-12 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.