Game notes: CSU hosts CSU-Pueblo in final exhibition tilt
Nov. 3, 2011
Colorado State (0-0) hosts its final exhibition matchup Saturday vs. CSU-Pueblo. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. MT at Moby Arena (8,745).
Head Coach Kristen Holt and the Rams finished 14-16 in 2010-11 en route to building their program of excellence, improving their spot in the league standings by four notches for a fourth-place finish in the Mountain West. Junior Kim Mestdagh and freshman Sam Martin were awarded with post-season all-conference honors.
Mestdagh earned the preseason Player of the Year title to start the 2011-12 season. She is the first to earn the honor since Becky Hammon in 1998-99. CSU was picked to finish third in the final standings. It was the highest prediction for the Rams since the 2002-03 season, when CSU was picked to finish in second place.
The game will be broadcast live on AM 1410 KIIX. Matt Wozniak, in his third season with the Rams, calls all the action. Live game audio will also be available via Rams All-Access subscription on CSURams.com.
Rams vs. Thunderwolves series...
The Rams hosted their sister school to the south on Oct. 29, 2009. Sophomore Kim Mestdagh scored a game-high 25 points in an 81-59 win.
The ThunderWolves are under the direction of head coach Kip Drown in his seventh year with CSU-Pueblo. He has a 117-63 (.650) record in six years at the helm. Colorado Christian finished sixth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference last season.
The ThunderWolves' top returners are senior Kendall Babler and junior Erica Hicks. Babler averaged 14.4 points, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game last season, while Hicks averaged 10.4 points and 3.9 boards per game in 2010-11.
Redshirt junior Meghan Heimstra will see action again this season after sitting out last year with a hip injury. CSU also returns red shirt freshman Mandy Makeever, who played in only one game last season before falling prey to a shoulder injury.
Excellent in exhibition...
CSU's exhibition games under Holt:
10/30/11 Colorado Christian W, 76-35
At the beginning of December, the Rams will have a tough road matchup at Toledo. The Rockets were last season's WNIT champions, defeating USC 76-68. NCAA participant Bowling Green will then visit Moby Arena for a New Year's Eve matchup.
The MW schedule features two teams that were featured in the WNIT, TCU and Sweet-16 contender,Wyoming.
Moving up the charts...
Last season Mestdagh led the Mountain West in free-throw percentage (.876), and was ranked in the top five in four other statistical categories. She hasn't missed a freethrow in 30 attempts, dating back to Jan. 29.
Mestdagh, a two-time second-team all-conference recipient, has hit more single-season three-pointers than any sophomore or junior in CSU history, eclipsing Becky Hammon each year.
The following is a list of Mestdagh's current spot in CSU's all-time record books:
Points 10. 1,233
A family affair...
New in 2011-12: Video Streaming...