Game notes: CSU battles in-state rival Denver

Nov. 22, 2010

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Colorado State vs. Denver | Game 4
Nov. 23, 2010 | 7 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)

2010-11 Record
1-2, 0-0 MWC
Last Game
at North Dakota (W, 68-61)
Rankings (AP | ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Kristen Holt (Ohio, 1993)
Overall Record
35-56 (Fourth Season)
Record at CSU
24-40 (Third Season)
2010-11 Record
Last Game
vs. Colorado (W, 70-69)
Rankings (AP | ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Erik Johnson (UC San Diego, 1994)
Overall Record
34-28 (Third Season)
Record at Denver
34-28 (Third Season)
Category CSU DU
Points Per Game 56.7 64.0
Points Allowed Per Game 66.0 66.5
Field Goal Percentage .333 .460
Opponent Field Goal Percentage .382 .434
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .268 .300
Opponent Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .300 .478
Free-Throw Percentage .791 .789
Rebounds Per Game 36.7 28.0
Rebounding Margin -0.7 -6.0
Assists Per Game 12.7 13.5
Turnovers Per Game 24.0 14.5
Opponent Turnovers Per Game 16.7 9.0
Steals Per Game 8.7 5.5
Blocks Per Game 2.3 3.5
Broadcast Information
Television: None
Radio: Colorado State Sports Network
1410 KIIX
Play-by-play: Matt Wozniak
Live Stats: Gametracker/
Media Relations
Danielle Marshall, Assistant Director
Office Phone: 970/491-6494
Cell Phone: 970/980-7353
Fax: 970/491-1348
Amanda Nutting, Student-Assistant
Cara Maio, Student-Assistant

CSU hosts in-state rival Denver...    
Colorado State (1-2) is home to host the Denver Pioneers Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. MT at Moby Arena (8,745). After a long road trip, the Rams are home for their next four games.

It's $1 youth ticket night. Kids ages 3-17 will received admission for just $1. Click here for a voucher. Copies are accepted.

On Nov. 16 at Magness Arena, the Pioneers battled Colorado in a tight game that saw 10 ties and 15 lead changes. Britteni Rice (19), Kaetlyn Murdoch (17) and Brianna Culberson (12) each tallied double digits as Denver held on to defeat the Buffaloes, 70-69.

The game will be broadcast live on AM 1410 KIIX. Matt Wozniak calls all the action. Live game audio will also be available via Rams All-Access subscription on

Rams vs. Pioneers' series...            
Tuesday's meeting between Colorado State and Denver marks the 22nd game between the two schools. The Rams have struggled in recent years against their in-state rival, losing the past five matchups. CSU does have the overall advantage in the series, however. The team is 14-7 against the Pioneers and 9-3 in Moby Arena.

About Denver...                
The Pioneers are under the direction of head coach Erik Johnson in his third year at the helm. He has a 34-28 (.548) record in two years at DU. Last season, Denver finished second in the west division of the Sun Belt conference with an 18-13 record.

The Pioneers, off to a 1-1 start with a win vs. Colorado and a loss at Wyoming, return all but one starter from the 2009-10 team, Murdoch, Rice, Culberson and Emiko Smith. Murdoch and Rice are averaging double figures after two games this season: Murdoch with 17.0 points per game and Rice with 15.5. Culberson is the defensive leader with 6.0 rebounds per game.

Last time out...                
Junior Kim Mestdagh had an outstanding second half for the Rams, scoring 24 points in the final 20 minutes of play, leading the Rams to a 68-61 victory over the North Dakota Fighting Sioux Sunday.

Mestdagh led the team with a career-high 32 points, and also had a team-high seven rebounds, tying teammates Hayley Thompson and Chantel Kennedy.

After gaining an early lead, CSU went into to a scoring drought for 6 minutes, 29 seconds at the end of the first half and into the second half as UND scored 10 unanswered points to tie the game. The contest featured four lead changes and it was tied six different times. The Rams never trailed by more than one point, however.

The Rams did catch a break at the free-throw line. North Dakota, who was averaging 84.6 percent at the free-throw line, hit only 65.2 percent of its shots (15-23), while CSU was 88.2 percent on the night, making 15 of 17 free throws.

At the line...                
Early in the season the Rams have already stamped their footprint in the Mountain West Conference statistical standings. CSU has improved its free-throw percentage by almost 10 percent this season. The team leads the league in free-throw percentage with 79.1 percent (53-67).  Last season, the Rams finished with a 69.6 percentage from the charity stripe.

Sophomore Meixandra Porter has proven to be a clutch performer from the free-throw line for the Rams. On Sunday at North Dakota, she kept CSU on top in the final seconds hitting four of five free throws. To date Porter has missed only one from the line in her career, making 95.0 percent (19-20).

The Newcomers...    
Colorado State added four freshmen to the team in 2010-11. CSU's newcomers' feature locals Hayley Thompson (Mullen High School) and Sam Martin (Chaparral High School), and also twin sisters from Peaster, Texas, Amber and Mandy Makeever (Peaster High School).

Thompson, a 6-1 wing and forward, is a strong defensive player, and a good perimeter shooter. Martin, a 6-2 forward, sat out her senior season due to injury, but averaged 18 points per game her junior year. She will be counted on to score from the low post and help with the rebounding effort. Amber Makeever, a 5-11 guard, is a strong three-point shooter and will play the wing while Mandy Makeever, a 5-10 guard, is a good all-around player and will play the point guard and wing positions.

Junior transfer Kelly Hartig brings a wealth of experience from Virginia, as her team advanced to the NCAA tournament's second round in 2008-09. A Colorado native from Highlands Ranch, the forward earned Most Improved Player for the Cavaliers her sophomore year. After sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules, Hartig will be eligible to play beginning Dec. 20 vs. South Dakota.

Marquee matchups...                
Colorado State's 2010-11 schedule features three contests against teams receiving votes in the national rankings. The Rams' first contest against a team receiving national attention was an exciting game at Florida State. The Rams cut a 30-point deficit down to just 11 when sophomore Meixandra Porter jump started CSU  in the second half . Colorado State came up short, however, falling to the No. 16/14 Seminoles 63-52.

The Rams' MWC schedule features two tilts against such opponents with two each against No. 23/25 TCU and RV/NR San Diego State.

Improved RPI...                
Colorado State closed the 2009-10 season with an NCAA RPI of 175, which is up 19 spots from the 2008-09 season.

Under Head Coach Kristen Holt's watch, the Rams' RPI has steadily improved. In 2007-08, the year before Holt took over, CSU closed the year at No. 309, and improved to 194th following the 2008-09 campaign. Factoring in last season's 175 final RPI, the Rams have improved by 134 spots in the last two seasons.   

Mestdagh record watch...            
With two seasons left, junior Kim Mestdagh is already making an impact in the Rams' record books. The second-highest point scorer (19.3 ppg) in the Mountain West is on pace to crack the top-15 this season on CSU's all-time career points list. After three games this season, she has 778 career points.

Mestdagh recorded a career-high 32 points at North Dakota Sunday, her second game she's scored at or above 30 points in her career. She notched her second career double-double earlier this season vs. Northern Iowa on Nov. 12 with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Last season Mestdagh led the Mountain West in three-point field goals made (89) and also led the conference with the most double-figure scoring games with 27.

The following is a list of Mestdagh's current spot in CSU's all-time record books:

Points Per Game (min. 45 games)
    10.    12.20    Mestdagh (778/64)
3-Point Field Goals Made
    7.    151    Mestdagh (425)
3-Point Field-Goal Attempts
    7.    425    Mestdagh (151)
3-Pt Field-Goal % (Based on 75 attempts)
    11.    .355    Mestdagh (151-425)
Free-Throw % (Based on 100 attempts)
    13.    .756    Mestdagh (93-123)

Coors Light Coaches' Show...            
The Coors Light Basketball Coaches' Show airs Mondays at 6 p.m. MT, live from the Beach House Grill in Old Town Fort Collins, and will continue throughout the season until Feb. 28. Shows air live on the Colorado State Sports Network's Flagship, KLZ (560 AM). A complete schedule can be found on the bottom of Page 4 of this release.

Up next...                   
Colorado State is home for its next four games until Dec. 8 when the team will drive south to Boulder, to play Colorado. This weekend, CSU hosts the 17th annual Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational. The Rams are hosting Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Boise State and Texas Southern in the tournament.



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