Nov. 16, 2011
CSU vs. Tulsa | Game 3
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||TULSA HURRICANE|
Colorado State (0-2) welcomes the Tulsa Hurricane (0-2) to Moby Arena Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Kim 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.
Thursday's contest vs. Tulsa will result in one team with its first victory. After a tough loss to Arkansas-Little Rock (52-48), the Hurricane lost by only three points to BYU at home on Monday (64-61).
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.
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Rams vs. Hurricane series...
Thursday's meeting between Colorado State and Tulsa marks the fifth game between the two schools. Colorado State holds a 3-1 advantage all-time, but the two team each have one win in Moby Arena.
01/07/99 W 87-54 Fort Collins
02/06/99 W 64-50 Tulsa
01/10/00 W 71-68 (ot) Tulsa
12/17/00 L 64-67 Fort Collins
12/30/05 L 65-69 San Antonio
Like Colorado State, Tulsa is in search of its first win of the 2011-12 season. Dating back to Jan. 23 of last season, the Hurricane is on 15-game losing streak. Newly hired head coach Matilda Mossman brought a 147-93 career record to the struggling team. She previously coached at Arkansas and Kansas State.
Sophomore Taylor Hooker scored a career-high 16 points vs. the Cougars on Monday, while teammate Taleya Mayberry also posted double figures with 11 points. The Hurricane was able to eliminate a 12-point BYU lead and tie the game with 31 seconds remaining. A three-pointer with 0:10 left by BYU sealed the win when Mayberry failed to make the buzzer beater to send the game to overtime.
Mayberry, a junior, averages the most points per game with 14.0, followed by Hooker (11.5). After pulling down 15 rebounds vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, junior Tiffani Couisnard is averaging 10.5 boards per contest. The team holds a plus 3.0 rebounding margin, averaging 41.5 per game.
Last time out...
The Colorado State women's basketball team fell in overtime, 56-52, against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Moby Arena Sunday afternoon.
The Rams (0-2, 0-0 MW) battled through the whole game keeping it close. The Sun Devils' largest lead of the game was nine with the lead changing eight times. Trailing by one going into the second half, the Sun Devils (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) came alive, going on an 11-2 run.
Playing 41 minutes, sophomore Sam Martin scored 17 points and collected five rebounds, but it still wasn't enough for the win. Junior Meghan Heimstra went out of the game holding her left thigh with six minutes left in the game. She never came back and ended up with six rebounds and four points.
Down by three with 30 seconds to go in overtime, the Rams had the last possession of the game, with Mestdagh just missing the three. The Sun Devils outscored the Rams in overtime, 10-6.
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 was 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.
Early season MW stats...
Early in the season the Rams are making their mark in the league statistics. Redshirt freshman Mandy Makeever is second in her class averaging 9.0 points per game. Sam Martin holds the same spot among sophomores with 15.0 points, while senior Kim Mestdagh rounds out the top five averaging 10.5 points per matchup.
Three of the Rams' post players are also ranked in the top five in rebounds per contest. Martin ranks third among sophomores (5.5) and Meghan Heimstra (6.0) and Mestdagh (8.5) are fourth in their respective junior and senior classes.
With the Rams' overtime contest vs. Arizona State, Mestdagh, Martin and Mandy Makeever hold the top-three spots in the conference for minutes played, averaging 39.5, 39.0 and 38.0, respectively.
MW career leaders...
Three Rams are ranked in the top 50 in the Mountain West record books. Sam Martin currently has the fourth-best field-goal percentage (.545) all-time since the league was formed in 1999. Meghan Heimstra is now tied for 47th in blocked shots with 55 in her career. Kim Mestdagh appears on the list four times: 1,254 points per game (29th), 427 field-goals made (32nd), 222 three-point field-goals made (sixth) and 157 steals (t-30th).
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 currenlty has 1,254 career points, 81 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.
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. 1,254
Points Per Game (min. 45 games) 7. 13.48 (1,254/93)
Field Goals Made 15. 427 (1,021)
Field-Goal Attempts 11. 1,021 (427)
3-Point Field Goals Made 3. 222 (622)
3-Point Field Goal-Attempts 3. 622 (222)
3-Pt Field-Goal % (Based on 75 attempts) 10. .357 (222-622)
Free Throw % (Based on 100 attempts) 6. .798 (178-223)
Steals 13. 157
A family affair...
Colorado State's 2011-12 women's basketball organization features three sets of family members.
New in 2011-12: Video Streaming...
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.
2012 Women's Final Four in Denver ...
The Mountain West, in conjunction with Denver Sports, will be the host of the 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., on April 1 & 3. Tickets are currently on sale to the general public. For more information about the event, go to NCAA.com or TheMWC.com
Colorado State hosts in-state rival Colorado on Sunday in its last game at Moby for November. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. It will be the first of seven televised games this season for the Rams. The matchup will be aired on the Mtn.
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