Nov. 27, 2011
Colorado State at Montana State | Game 6
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||MONTANA STATE BOBCATS|
Colorado State (1-4) continues its road stint at Montana State (4-2) Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
After Tuesday's matchup, Colorado State will travel to Greeley for a game at Northern Colorado on Friday, followed by the team's second flight this season to the Midwest to Toledo, Ohio, to challenge the Rockets on Sunday.
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.
Montana State split its two games at the Colorado-Omni Hotels Classic in Boulder, Colo., over the weekend, losing to Wisconsin in the first round and beating Valparaiso in the colsolation game.
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.
Rams vs. Bobcats series...
Tuesday's meeting between Colorado State and Montana State marks the ninth game between the two schools. CSU holds a 5-4 advantage all-time, but is 1-2 in Bozeman. The Rams are riding a three-game win streak vs. the Bobcats dating back to 1989. The two teams last met in 2003.
This will be Head Coach Kristen Holt's first game vs. Montana State.
About Montana State...
After finishing with an 17-14 record in the Big Sky conference in 2010-11, the Bobcats were knocked out in the first round of the league tournament. They bring a 4-2 record (2-0 at home) to the court vs. Rams.
Senior Katie Bussey tallied a game-high 21 points, and sophomore Ashley Albert contributed 18 points as the Bobcats defeated Valparaiso, 71-55, in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday. Montana State took advantage of Valpo's 20 turnovers, scoring 22 points.
Bussey and junior Rachel Semansky are the top-two scorers for the Bobcats, averaging 19.2 and 18.0 points, respectively. Albert rounds out the top three with 13.0 points per game. Albert and Semansky lead MSU defensively with 8.2 and 8.0 rebounds per game each.
The Bobcats have outscored their opponents by an average of 11.8 points per game shooting a .437 field-goal percentage. They also have a plus-4.0 turnover margin, committing 4.0 fewer turnovers than their opponents.
Last time out...
Colorado State needed a steal and three points with 1.4 seconds left, but was unable to capitalize as the Rams fell to Denver, 64-61, at Magness Arena on Wednesday night.
CSU (1-4) had an eight-point lead, but a relentless DU team (4-0) was able to tie the game with 6:11 remaining in the contest. The Rams regained the lead, but the Pioneers tied it again and took the lead with less than two minutes to go. Sam Martin kept the Rams alive, tying the score at 58 with 23.5 seconds remaining, but they were forced to send Denver to the line to regain possession. The Pioneers hit the free throws they needed to hit, sealing the win.
Martin finally seemed to find her groove Wednesday after a rough start to the season. She registered her fifth career double-double with a career-high 28 points and a career-best 13 rebounds in the contest.
Colorado State quickly found itself in a 12-point deficit midway through the first half as the team had trouble getting their shots to fall. Mestdagh then sparked a Rams comeback with just over five minutes remaining, closing out the first stanza on a 17-4 run, giving them a two-point lead at the half.
Freshman Kara Spotton sustained an eye injury early in the game, forcing her to sit out for the rest of the matchup. Meghan Heimstra also missed significant playing time, receiving her fourth personal foul with over 11 minutes left in the contest.
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 is receiving votes in AP/Writer's 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. 22)... Early in the season the Rams are making their mark in the league statistics. Redshirt freshman Mandy Makeever is second in her class averaging 8.0 points per game. Sam Martin holds the same spot among sophomores with 11.5 points, while senior Kim Mestdagh tops the charts for seniors averaging 18.8 points per matchup.
MW stats update...
Despite a slow start, 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 (36.4 per game), second in scoring (18.0 points per game), third in assists (4.0 per game), third in three-pointers per game (2.2) and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3). Other Rams making an appearance in the top five are Sam Martin, who is fifth in field-goal percentage (.500) and second in three-point field goal percentage (.462). Mandy Makeever also is in the top five in three-point field-goal percentage, ranking fifth (.421), and Meghan Heimstra, who places second in defensive rebounds (6.4) and ranks fourth in blocked shots (1.6).
CSU is ranked in the top three in five categories, and the team has reached the top spot in three-point field-goal percentage (.368). The Rams are second in field-goal percentage (.418) and second in rebounding defense, allowing only 33.2 rebounds per game. Colorado State places third in defensive rebounding percentage (.688) and shots from beyond the arc with 5.6 per game.
MW career leaders (as of Nov. 22)...
Three Rams are ranked in the top 50 in the Mountain West record books. Sam Martin currently has the fifth-best field-goal percentage (.534) all-time since the league was formed in 1999. Meghan Heimstra is now tied for 38th in blocked shots with 61 in her career. Kim Mestdagh appears on the list four times: 1,308 points per game (27th), 445 field-goals made (31st), 229 three-point field-goals made (fifth) and 159 steals (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 1,323 career points, 12 away from ninth-place Karen Hosek-Kreuzer and 33 points away from eighth-place holder Janie Schieffelin.
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. 1,323
Points Per Game (min. 45 games) 7. 13.78 (1,323/96)
Field Goals Made 13. 450 (1,062)
Field-Goal Attempts 11. 1,062 (450)
3-Point Field Goals Made 3. 232 (642)
3-Point Field Goal-Attempts 2. 642 (232)
3-Pt Field-Goal % (Based on 75 attempts) 10. .361 (232-642)
Free Throw % (Based on 100 attempts) 6. .806 (191-237)
Steals 11. 160
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 continues its road stint at Northern Colorado on Dec. 2. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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