Nov. 14, 2013
Colorado State vs. Drake | Game 3
Nov. 16 | 12 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||DRAKE BULLDOGS|
Colorado State (1-1, 0-0 MW) hosts Drake (1-1, 0-0 MVC) in the first leg of a double-header with the men's team Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. MT at Moby Arena (8,745). The men welcome Weber State afterward at 3 p.m.
Drake travels to Fort Collins after a road loss at Wisconsin, 66-41, on Sunday. Colorado State is the second of five road games for the Bulldogs in November.
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.
- Drake enters the 2013-14 campaign picked to finish fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bulldogs are led by preseason MVC first-team selection Kyndal Clark.
- Head Coach Jennie Baranczyk enters her second year with the Bulldogs, ending her first year with a record of 11-20. She is one of only five women’s basketball coaches at Drake University to win 10 or more games in their first season.
- The Bulldogs finished 5-13 in their conference last season, ranking ninth in the MVC.
- The Bulldogs return four starters, including 2012-13 all-defensive team and all-MVC second team honoree junior Clark, who averages a team-leading 11.0 points per game.
- Drake is 1-1 on the season, with a win over Creighton (62-55), who is currently receiving votes in the AP Top 25 poll. The team's loss came most recently at the hands of Wisconsin, 66-41. The Bulldogs struggled to find their shot, shooting just 25.9 percent.
- Freshman Lizzy Wendell recently earned MVC Newcomer of the Week honors for her contributions in the win vs. Creighton. Wendell registered 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal.
- Drake has three players on the roster who average double digits so far this season: Clark (11.0), Wendell (10.5) and senior Morgan Reid (10.5).
- Defensively the Bulldogs have five players that average between 4.0-5.5 rebounds per game early this season.
Series vs. the Bulldogs
- Saturday’s meeting between Colorado State and Drake will be just the second game between the two schools.
- The Rams are 1-0 vs. the Bulldogs all-time. The only game they played against each other was on a neutral court in West Lafayette, Ind.
- CSU’s lone victory over Drake was a 5-12 seed upset in the first-round of the 1998 NCAA tournament. Katie Cronin had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Becky Hammon scored 33 points to lead all scorers en route to the 81-75 win.
A win will...
- Improve CSU’s record against the Drake Bulldogs to 2-0 and give the Rams their second victory of the season.
- Be the Rams first victory over Drake University at home in program history.
- Improve Head Coach Ryun Williams career record against the Bulldogs to 2-0.
- Extend Colorado State’s record to 2-1, after falling to No. 17 ranked Colorado on Tuesday night at Moby Arena.
Last time out
In the 44th annual matchup between the Colorado State Rams and the No. 17 ranked Colorado Buffaloes, it was a hard-fought battle until the end, but the Buffaloes came out victorious with a 63-59 win over CSU at Moby Arena on Tuesday night.
Colorado improves to 1-0 on the year, while the Rams fall to 1-1.
Late in the second half, Colorado State took the game by storm, going on a 13-1 run. With 48.0 seconds in the game, Colorado State trailed, 59-60, but had possession of the ball.
A turnover from freshman Ellen Nystrom gave CU the ball, and Colorado’s Arielle Robertson knocked the ball out of bounds off of freshman Elin Gustavsson with 34.0 seconds left on the clock, and no timeouts remaining for either team. Sophomore Caitlin Duffy fouled CU’s Jasmine Sborov, who made both of the one-and-one shots, and put the Buffalos ahead, 62-59.
When Colorado State gained possession again, Gustavsson went in for the lay-up, was blocked, and senior Alicia Nichols fouled Colorado’s guard, Lexy Kresel, who missed the one-and-one free-throw. Senior Sam Martin then fouled CU’s Brittany Wilson with 2.4 second on the clock, Wilson made the front end of the one-and-one, and the Colorado Buffalos claimed the game over the Rams, 63-59.
Before this point, Colorado’s last points from the field were made with 6:56 left on the clock, when the Rams began a 13-1 point-run until the last seconds of the game, and their last points were made with 3:54 left in the game, with CU leading, 60-50.
The Rams played a tremendously aggressive in the first half of the game as well, going into halftime down 27-33. At the half, Colorado State caused 10 Buffalo turnovers and CSU gained five points off of them. CSU outshot Colorado in the paint 16-10.
Starting in her second career game, Gustavsson put up 21 points against the Buffalos, while also adding five rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal. Martin added 10 points for the Rams, with an assist and a block each.
Off of the bench for the Rams came Nichols who personally sparked six consecutive points for the Rams late in the second half of the game, while Duffy added 13 points, seven rebounds and a block, with a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line, two of which were from a technical foul that was called on Colorado’s bench.
In the last match-up against the Buffalos, Colorado State fell 72-46, shooting a .286 field-goal percentage, their second-lowest of the year. This year the Rams shot a .350 field-goal percentage, while CU shot .381 from the field, and showed tremendous overall improvement.
Colorado State gained 17 points off of second-chance shots, while Colorado only put up six second-chance points. The Rams also out-shot the Buffalos from the free-throw line with a .684 percentage, while the Buffs shot a .588 percentage.
Colorado State embarks on the first leg of a four-game road stretch at Illinois State on Nov. 23. Tipoff vs. the Redbird is scheduled for 3 p.m. MT.
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