Nov. 11, 2013
Colorado State vs. No. 19/19 Colorado | Game 2
Nov. 12 | 7 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||COLORADO BUFFALOES|
Colorado State (1-0, 0-0) hosts No. 19/19 Colorado (0-0, 0-0) Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT at Moby Arena (8,745).
The contest on Tuesday will be the first regular-season game of the year for the Buffaloes. In their only preseason tune-up on Nov. 2, CU defeated Colorado Mines, 91-42.
Dawning a whole new look this season, Head Coach Ryun Williams and the Colorado State women's basketball team have hopes of becoming a top competitor in the Mountain West as Williams begins his second season with the Rams.
The game will be broadcast live on AM 1410 KIIX. Matt Wozniak, now in his fifth season with the Rams, calls all the action. Live game video will also be available via the Rams Digital Network at CSURams.com/videos.
- Colorado enters the 2013-14 campaign ranked No. 19 in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Polls. It is the first time the Buffaloes have garnered a preseason top-25 rank since 2003.
- Last season CU finished fourth in the Pac-12 with a record of 25-7. The team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament as a five-seed, but was upset 12th seeded Kansas in the first round.
- The Buffaloes were picked to finish third in the Pac-12 this year, behind defending co-champions Stanford and California. Both the Cardinal and Bears are nationally ranked in the top 10 in the preseason polls.
- CU returns four starters, including all-defensive team member Brittany Wilson, who helped the Buffaloes set school records for scoring defense (54.5) and opponent field-goal percentage (.350) last year.
- Arielle Roberson, last year's Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, returns as the Buffs' leading scorer (12.1) and rebounder (6.2).
- A key loss for Colorado this year is all-Pac-12 and honorable mention AP All-American Chucky Jefferey. She led the team in scoring (13.7), rebounding (8.2) and assists (4.0) last year.
- In their preseason game vs. Colorado Mines, the Buffaloes had five players score double digits, led by Roberson's 20 points. Freshman Lauren Huggins, who received a medical redshirt last season due to a stress fracture, buried five threes for 15 points. CU dominated, 91-42.
Series vs. the Buffaloes
- Tuesday's meeting between Colorado State and Colorado will be the 44th game between the two schools.
- The Rams are 11-32 vs. the Buffs all-time. Colorado is enjoying a three-game series win-streak.
- CSU's last victory over CU was on Dec. 11, 2009 in Moby Arena. The Rams saw four players reach double figures, led by Chatilla van Grinsven's 16 points.
A win will...
- Snap a three-game series streak vs. Colorado, improving their record at home vs. the Buffaloes to 10-11 all-time.
- Give Head Coach Ryun Williams' his first career win over CU. He is currently 0-2.
- Reward the Rams with their first victory over a ranked team since March 12, 2008, when CSU upset No. 12/13 Utah in the MW tournament.
- Tie the program's best start since the 2009-10 season at 2-0.
Last time at Colorado (Dec. 5, 2012)
Hampered by poor shooting, Colorado State was unable to round up the Buffaloes at the Coors Event Center, falling 72-46.
Colorado improved to a perfect 7-0 on the year, while CSU fell to 2-5. The Rams, who shot their second-lowest field-goal percentage on the year at .286, have yet to notch a victory on the road this year.
Brittany Wilson, who had previously made five three-pointers through the first six games this season, nailed three from beyond the arc. All told, the Buffaloes, who average just 3.5 treys per game, made seven, a season-high.
Colorado tallied 20 second-chance points on the night, corralling 24 offensive boards to CSU's six. The Rams were dealt their worst rebound margin of the season, minus-33 (59-26), in favor of the Buffaloes.
Sam Martin finally snapped her cold streak from the three, burying a shot early in the second half after missing her last 12 attempts from outside the arc. She was 2-6 on the evening.
With the absence of Meghan Heimstra, who was out with a head injury, Martin was positioned in the post more often. She was able to do what she does best, hitting shots down low. The Colorado native registered 16 points on the night, a season-high.
Freshman Caitlin Duffy tallied her third game in double figures this season with a career-high and game-high 19 points. She earned the first start of her career, joining Ladeyah Forte, Martin, Kara Spotton and Alicia Nichols for the tip.
Last time out
The 2013-14 Colorado State women's basketball team did something that the program hadn't done since 2009: win its season opener. With a 87-82 overtime victory at Moby Arena over the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, the new-look Rams gave the 1,733 fans in attendance a reason to be excited on Friday night.
In her first game of her collegiate career, Ellen Nystrom looked anything like a true freshman registering her first career double-double with a team-leading 20 points and 10 rebounds in 36 minutes of action.
While Nystrom paced the Rams on offense, Colorado State showcased its versatility with six different players scoring in double figures on the night. Junior guard AJ Newton and sophomore guard Caitlin Duffy poured in 13 points, while senior forward Sam Martin and freshman guard Gritt Ryder scored 12 points each and freshman forward Elin Gustavsson added 10 points.
While the Rams struggled to get into a groove on offense, shooting just 39 percent from the field and 17.9 percent from behind the arc, they made up for it by relentlessly attacking the glass. In the game, Colorado State out-rebounded UCCS 50-39 and had 22 offensive rebounds in the game.
Duffy led the way for Colorado State on the glass with six offensive rebounds, and a career-high 10 total rebounds, to give her her first career double-double. It marked the first time since that Nov. 28, 2010 contest against Texas A&M Corpus Christi that the Rams had two players register double-doubles.
With all of the extra possessions generated from the offensive rebounds, Colorado State took 18 more shots in the game than UCCS and went to the free-throw line 34 times, which was key for propelling the Rams to victory.
CSU got off to a great start as it jumped out to a 20-8 lead over UCCS after just six minutes of action. The Mountain Lions stayed patient, however and began to chip away at Colorado State's lead. By the 7:02 mark in the first half, UCCS had stormed all the way back to take its first lead of the game at 28-27.
For the final seven minutes of the first half, the two teams could not find any separation between each other as the Rams went into the locker room up 40-39.
In the second half, the Rams looked to clean up their defensive mistakes and play smarter basketball, but the team couldn't find an answer for junior guard Abby Kirkhoff of UCCS. Kirkhoff finished the game with 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and was instrumental keeping the pressure on Colorado State.
Behind Kirkhoff's strong showing, UCCS had a 64-60 lead over CSU with under six minutes remaining in the game.
The Rams remained composed and went on an 11-3 run to take 71-67 lead with 1:43 left in the game. Down the stretch though, the Rams couldn't capitalize on their free throws as the team finished just 22-of-34 from the line and left the door open for UCCS.
That would be all that Kirchoff would need as she drove the length of the court and layed the ball in with 10 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
In the extra period, the Rams once again looked like the dominant team that it had at the beginning of the game, and scored the first eight points of the period to take an 83-75 lead with 2:43 left in the game.
After consecutive baskets brought the game to within three points, Nystrom iced the game with two free throws as the Rams held on to win 87-82.
First Time In A Long Time
- The Rams' displayed their depth in Friday's opener to battle for a win. It was the team's first overtime victory since Jan. 21, 2010 vs. UNLV.
- Led by Nystrom's 20 points, six players tallied double figures, which is the first time since five or more hit that mark since Feb. 9, 2010 (Air Force).
- Both Nystrom (20p-10r) and Duffy (13p-10r) recorded double-doubles. The last time that happened also dates back to 2010 when CSU played Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Nov. 28. That was also the last time two players registered 10 or more rebounds.
- The Rams' 50 rebounds tied a team-high from last season, and the 22 offensive boards surpassed their best effort on the offensive glass last year, ranking 15th all-time in the record book.
Colorado State wraps up its season-opening homestand vs. Drake on Saturday. Tipoff vs. the Bulldogs is scheduled for 12 p.m. MT.
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