Nov. 9, 2011
CSU at Northern Iowa | Nov. 11 | 7:30 p.m. MT | Cedar Falls, Iowa | McLeod Center (6,750)
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS|
Colorado State (0-0) begins its season on the road for the first time in three years Friday. The Rams travel to Northern Iowa (0-0) for a 7:30 p.m. tip, and then host Arizona State (0-0), Sunday, at 2 p.m. at Moby Arena.
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.
Friday's contest at Northern Iowa will be the first for both teams. The Panthers played their only exhibition game vs. Maryville on Nov. 6. UNI defeated the Saints 84-49.
Arizona State has a matchup on Friday vs. UC Riverside. On Nov. 3, The Sun Devils played Azusa Pacific in an exhibition tilt, winning 66-35.
The games 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.
Arizona State game promotions...
- Free T-shirts will be handed out to the first 100 students.
- $1 youth tickets for all youth ages 3-17 with voucher. Vouchers may be picked up at the city recreation centers in Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor.
- $1 for all middle, high school and youth teams with vouchers. Vouchers will be mailed to each school’s athletic director or by calling Autumn Duffie at 970/492-4017.
- FREE admission for all Jr. Ram Club members.
- CSU Greek Life attendance challenge. The winning organization with the largest percentage of members in attendance will receive a free student tailgate spot at the CSU football vs. Wyoming game on Dec. 3.
Rams vs. Panthers series...
Friday's meeting between Colorado State and Northern Iowa marks the seventh game between the two schools. UNI holds a 4-2 advantage all-time.
In their first game last season, the Rams hosted the Panthers at Moby Arena. Despite Kim Mestdagh's double-double effort with 10 rebounds and 12 points, CSU was outscored 74-50.
Below is a listing of the all-time series between the two schools:
12/10/88 W 60-56 Green Bay
12/29/90 L 49-53 Fort Collins
12/29/91 L 68-71 Cedar Falls
11/09/07 L 58-72 CedarFalls
12/14/08 W 55-53 Fort Collins
11/12/10 L 50-74 Fort Collins
About Northern Iowa...
The Panthers are under the direction of head coach Tanya Warren in her fifth year with Northern Iowa. She has a 58-63 (.479) record in four years at the helm. UNI lost to Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA tournament in March. The Panthers were picked to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference this season.
Northern Iowa senior point guard Jacqui Kalin will miss the 2011-12 season after tearing her ACL during an open gym session. Kalin, the 2011 MVC Player of the Year, led the UNI women's basketball team in scoring in every season she played.
Senior Katelin Oney returns as the top player for the Panthers. She averaged 9.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game last season.
Rams vs. Sun Devils series...
The game on Sunday is the ninth meeting between the CSU and ASU. Arizona State is leading the series 7-2, though the two teams have met only twice since 2000. Both teams own one win in recent years.
Last season on Dec. 11 Coach Holt was pleased with her team's effort, but the Rams were unable to pull off a win due to 23 costly turnovers. CSU fell to the Sun Devils 72-53 at Ned Wulk Court.
About Arizona State...
The Sun Devils are under the direction of interim coach Joseph Anders for the 2011-12 season. Head coach Charli Turner Thorne is taking a leave of absence for one year. Anders has been with the program for 10 years as an assistant under Thorne.
Senior Kimberly Brandon is the top returner for ASU. In 2010-11 she averaged 9.5 points per game and she led the team with 6.5 rebounds per game.
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.
Colorado State brings in five freshmen this season: Carlyn Chavez (Portland, Ore.), LaDeyah Forte (Pensacola, Fla.), Morgan Hunt (Colleyville, Texas), Hanne Mestdagh (Ieper, Belgium) and Fort Collins native Kara Spotton (Rocky Mountain). Hanne Mestdagh is the younger sister of teammate Kim Mestdagh.
Colorado State’s 2011-12 schedule features seven contests against teams that participated in the postseason last year, four of which went to the NCAA tournament. The Rams' first regular-season contest is vs. Northern Iowa, which fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament to another Rams 2011 opponent, Michigan State. The Spartans won the Big Ten championship last season and advanced to the second round of the tournament. MSU is ranked 25th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll, and is receiving votes in the AP/Writers' Poll.
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...
At the start of her senior year, Kim Mestdagh is on her way to the top of the charts in the Rams' record book. The leading returning point scorer in the Mountain West for the second-consecutive year has cracked the top-10 on the all-time points list at CSU. She enters the 2011-12 year with 1,233 career points, 102 away from ninth-place Karen Hosek-Kreuzer.
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
Points Per Game (min. 45 games) 7. 13.55 (1,233/91)
Field Goals Made 15. 420 (999)
Field-Goal Attempts 11. 999 (420)
3-Point Field Goals Made 3. 221 (612)
3-Point Field Goal-Attempts 3. 612 (221)
3-Pt Field-Goal % (Based on 75 attempts) 10. .361 (221-612)
Free Throw % (Based on 100 attempts) 6. .804 (172-214)
Steals 13. 156
A family affair...
Colorado State's 2011-12 women's basketball organization features three sets of family members.
The Rams will have all of their non-televised home contests streamed live on CSURams.com/All-Access this season. Fans can watch home games live on their computer for $9.95 per month or $59.95 per year. The fee also includes the ability to listen to the radio broadcast of every game online.
Colorado State will have a four-day break before returning to the Moby floor vs. Tulsa on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
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