Nov. 18, 2011
Colorado State vs. Colorado | Game 4
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||COLORADO BUFFALOES|
Colorado State (1-2) plays its last home game of November vs. the Colorado Buffaloes (2-0) on Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 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.
CU is on a two-game win streak to start out the 2011-12 season, defeating Northern Arizona and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
The contest is the first of seven Rams' home games televised live this season. Fans can tune in to The Mtn., available on Comcast and DirecTV.
The game will also 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.
Sunday's contest vs. Colorado will be the last game in Moby Arena until Dec. 8, when the Rams host North Dakota.
Rams vs. Buffs series...
Sunday's meeting between Colorado State and Colorado marks the 42nd game between the two schools. Colorado holds a 30-11 advantage all-time, but the series is almost equal in Moby Arena, with CU leading 10-9.
Last time vs. CU.. .
Colorado State ended their five-game win streak with a loss to in-state rival Colorado, 73-49, Dec. 8, 2010 at the Coors Event Center in Boulder, Colo.
The Rams’ (5-3) winning streak came to a hault as the Buffaloes (7-3) out-shot the team 41.9 (26-62) percent to 30.0 (18-60) percent from the field. CSU juniors Chatilla van Grinsven and Kim Mestdagh and freshman Sam Martin scored double digits for the Rams with 16, 10 and 10, respectively. Mestdagh, who has hit at least five three-point shots in the last five contests, was held scoreless behind the arc. van Grinsven went to free-throw line eight times, making six. The team shot only 57.9 percent (11-19) from the line, a season low.
Early fouls hurt the Rams. Mestdagh sat out for most of the first half with two, playing only 9 minutes. van Grinsven was also in trouble with four fouls with 7:35 left in the game. Chantel Kennedy, who until today did not have more than three fouls in a game this season, was nailed with her fourth 3 minutes into the second half and sat out the remainder of the game.
Starting her second year, head coach Linda Lappe led the Buffaloes to a 20-14 record in her inaugural season, losing in the quarterfinals of the WNIT to USC. Dating back to last season, the Buffs have won four-straight on the road.
Junior Chucky Jeffery tallied her 12th career double-double on Wednesday with a team-high 19 points and 16 rebounds as CU defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi 71-58 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Three other Buffaloes contributed double figures to the scoring effort: Brittany Wilson (10) Lexy Kresl (11) and Jen Reese (13) accounted for nearly half of Colorado's points.
Each of the four players mentioned above (Jeffery, Wilson, Kresl and Reese) average double-digits for CU. Wilson is at the top with 16.0 points per contest, followed by Jeffery with 15.0, Kresl with 13.0 and Reese with 10.5. Jefferey also leads the team on the defensive side of the ball, averaging 9.5 rebounds per game.
The Buffaloes have outscored their foes by an average of 18.5 points per game. They also have a plus-7.0 turnover margin, committing 7.0 less turnovers than their opponents.
Last time out...
The Colorado State women's basketball team won its first game of the season, 87-68, against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (0-3, 0-0 Conference USA) on Thursday night at Moby Arena.
Senior Kim Mestdagh set her career high in points scoring 35. Mestdagh ranks 12th in the all-time record book at CSU for most points scored in a game. She shot 77.7 percent beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the floor. Mestdagh also tied for fifth in the CSU record book for scoring the most three-pointers in a game.
The Rams were leading by only three at break and went on a 16-2 run in the first 5 minutes of the second half. The Rams outscored Tulsa 44-28 in the second half.
Freshman LaDeyah Forte recorded a career-high 10 assists on the night. It was the first time a player for CSU had 10 or more assists since Jasai Ferrucho on March 4, 2004 vs. Air Force.
Heimstra got her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Heimstra also tied her career high for blocks with five.
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 notes (as of Nov. 15)...
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.
MW stats update...
With their first win, the Rams have moved up the charts in the Mountain West statistical categories. Kim Mestdagh ranks in the top five in five categories: first in minutes played (36.0 per game), second in scoring (18.7 points per game), third in assists (4.7 per game), third in three-pointers per game (2.7) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0). Other Rams making an appearance in the top five are Mandy Makeever, who is just behind Mestdagh in three-point baskets per contest with 2.0, and Meghan Heimstra, who places third in blocked shots per game (2.0) after an impressive performance vs. Tulsa on Nov. 17. Heimstra also ranks third in defensive rebounds with 7.0 per matchup.
CSU is ranked in the top three in seven categories, but it hasn't cracked the top spot in one so far this season. The Rams are a distant second in free-throw percentage (.758) behind San Diego State (.913), though the Aztecs have played only one game. The team is also second in field-goal percentage (.428), three-point field-goal percentage (.400), three-point field-goal percentage defense (.254) and rebounding defense (34.7 rebounds allowed per game). Colorado State places third in blocked shots (4.3 per game) and shots from beyond the arc with 6.0 per game.
MW career leaders (as of Nov. 15)...
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 1,289 career points, 46 away from ninth-place Karen Hosek-Kreuzer.
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. 1,289
Points Per Game (min. 45 games) 7. 13.71 (1,289/94)
Field Goals Made 13. 438 (1,036)
Field-Goal Attempts 11. 1,036 (438)
3-Point Field Goals Made 3. 229 (631)
3-Point Field Goal-Attempts 2. 631 (229)
3-Pt Field-Goal % (Based on 75 attempts) 10. .363 (229-631)
Free Throw % (Based on 100 attempts) 6. .803 (184-229)
Steals 11. 159
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 begins a four-game road stint starting at Denver Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., but will likely be pushed back due a men's game beginning at 5 p.m.
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