Nov. 27, 2013
Colorado State at Hawai'i | Nov. 29 | 8 p.m. MT | Game 5 | Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
Colorado State vs. Minnesota | Nov. 30 | 3 p.m. MT | Game 6 | Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
Colorado State vs. Chattanooga | Dec. 1 | 3 p.m MT | Game 7 | Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||HAWAI'I RAINBOW WAHINE WARRIORS|
Colorado State (3-1, 0-0 MW) travels to Honolulu, Hawai'i for the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown. The Rams are slated to play three games beginning Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center (10,300). CSU takes on host-school Hawai'i (3-2, 0-0 Big West) Friday at 8 p.m. MT, followed by Minnesota (5-1, 0-0 Big Ten) on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Chattanooga (4-1, 0-0 SoCon) on Sunday at 3 p.m. Each of the Rams' opponents participated in a postseason tournament last year.
This will be the first time the Rams have played three games in three consecutive games since the 1981 season. CSU played in two separate three-game tournaments that year, going 2-1 at the Utah State Invite in November, and 1-2 at the Cal Invite in December. It is just the second trip the program has ever made to the Aloha State.
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 games 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 BigWest.tv.
- The Rainbow Warriors host CSU Friday after a 12-day hiatus. UH last played on Nov. 17, in a close game vs. West Virginia. Hawai'i lost, 59-56.
- UH is 3-2 on the season with wins over NAU, Washington State and Ole Miss. The 'Bows suffered a season-opening loss to Arizona State and most recently West Virginia, which is receiving votes in the AP poll.
- Head Coach Laura Beeman enters her second year with the Rainbow Wahine basketball team, going 17-14 last season, the first winning season that the University of Hawai’i has had in seven years.
- The ‘Bows finished in a tie for second in the Big West Conference with a 14-5 conference record in 2012-13. They were picked to finish second in the BWC preseason media poll, behind Cal Poly.
- Last season UH advanced to the postseason for the first time in 10 years and for the 12th time in school history. It fell to San Diego, 61-49, in the first round of the WNIT.
- Hawai’i is led by senior Kamilah Jackson, who just reached 1,000 career points and rebounds in the contest vs. WVU. She averages 18.8 points and 9.8 rebounds so far this season. During her junior season, Jackson was selected to the All-Big West first team, making her the first UH player to receive first-team conference honors since the 1995-96 season.
- Also returning for the Rainbow Wahine are the reigning Sixth Woman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in seniors Shawna-Lei Kuehu and Sydney Haydel, respectively.
- The team returns four starters and nine letterwinners from the 2012-13 squad.
Series vs. the Rainbow Warriors
- Friday’s meeting between Colorado State and Hawai'i will be the third game between the two schools.
- CSU is currently 3-0 over UH all-time, playing twice at Moby Arena and once in Honolulu back in 1997, when the 'Bows and Rams were both members of the WAC.
- In their last matchup on Feb. 15, 1997, CSU won 71-64 over the ‘Bows. Colorado State’s Becky Hammon scored 38 points against Hawai’i, being the only Ram in double-digit scoring figures, while the Wahine had two players, Nani Cockett and Raylene Howard, both score over twenty points.
- Minnesota shoots a tremendous 50.9 from the field, ranking seventh in the country. The Gophers are also tied for first in three-point percentage, averaging 49.2 percent.
- UM's Rachel Banham was named to the Naismith Trophy 2013-14 Women's 50-Player Watch List on Monday. The trophy is give to the nation's top female collegiate basketball player. The recognition is one of many for the junior guard. She also earned a spot on the John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30 list, the Wade Award Watch List and Preseason All-Big Ten First Team. She leads the team in scoring this year, averaging 18.3 points per game.
- The Gophers are 5-1 on the year, with their only loss to Creighton on the road this season on Nov. 16.
- In its most recent game vs. Loyola on Tuesday, UM soared past the Loyola Ramblers, 80-36, shooting 55.9 percent.
- Aside from Banham, Minnesota has one other player averaging double digits in Amanda Zahui (13.0). Zahui leads the Gophers on the boards with 10.8 rebounds per game.
- It's a small world for redshirt freshman Zahui and CSU's Gabby Frykbo. The two were teammates in Sweden at Igelstavikens Gymnasium.
Series vs. the Golden Gophers
- Saturday’s meeting between Colorado State and Minnesota will be the third game between the two schools.
- The Rams are 2-0 vs. UM all-time, with a victory at home in Moby and on the road in Minneapolis.
- In its last matchup at Minnesota on Nov. 25, 1997, the Rams won, 76-58. Katie Cronin led all scorers with 29 points, while Becky Hammon added 22.
- Chattanooga will play Minnesota to open the tournament on Friday, followed by Hawai'i on Saturday, and it'll close out vs. CSU on Sunday.
- Friday's game vs. Minnesota is the first of an eight-game road stretch for Mocs, short for Mockingbirds. The team won't play at home for over two months, returning to McKenzie Arena on Jan. 4.
- UTC is 4-1 on the year with wins over Alabama, Belmont, UAB and Auburn. Its only loss was at in-state rival No. 3/4 Tennessee, 80-56.
- In Sunday's 80-52 rout over Auburn, the Mocs got a jumpstart out of the gate on a 14-0 run and never looked back. UTC took full advantage of the Tigers miscues, scoring 29 points off UA's 22 turnovers.
- Chattanooga has three players averaging double figures in Taylor Hall (14.2), Faith Dupree (10.6) and Meghan Downes (10.2). Hall leads the team defensively, with 7.4 boards per game. She also leads the Mocs in assists and steals, with 27 and 15, respectively.
- UTC is ranked No. 10 in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio with 1.44 assists to every turnover. The Mocs average 15.8 assists to just 11.0 giveaways per game.
- Head Coach Jim Foster is in his first season with Chattanooga following a very successful stint at Ohio State. With a 787-308 career record, he was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in the summer of 2013. In his last season with the Buckeyes, Foster's team compiled an 18-13 record, finishing eighth in the BigTen. It was his only season with less than 20 wins in his tenure at OSU.
Series vs. the Mocs
- Sunday’s meeting between Colorado State and Chattanooga will be the first game between the two schools.
Last time out
The Colorado State women’s basketball team opened their road season with a 76-61 victory Saturday night at Redbird Arena.
The Rams improve to 3-1 on the year, their best start since the 2005-06 season. The Redbirds remain winless at 0-3. It’s the first time CSU won its road opener since 2003.
CSU and Illinois State were deadlocked in a battle until the final 8 minutes of play; that was when Gritt Ryder and Caitlin Duffy took over, increasing the Rams’ lead to 15 as the final seconds clicked off the clock. Ryder finished with 21 points, a career-high, while Duffy tallied her fourth consecutive game of the year in double figures with 14, making four shots from three-point range.
The Rams shot 52.0 percent on the night, and 52.4 from beyond the arc. Sam Martin also scored double digits for CSU with 11, while adding a team-high seven rebounds. The team shot .929 from the charity stripe, converting 13 of their 14 attempts from the line.
Colorado State will continue its road trip with three games in three days following the Thanksgiving holiday at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown. The Rams will start the tournament against host-school Hawai’i on Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. MT.
Game Time Change The Colorado State vs. Air Force game on Feb. 8 has been moved to 12 p.m. MT. The change will allow fans the opportunity to watch the men's CSU at Air Force game on television following the Rams' Play4Kay Pink Out contest at home.
Colorado State returns home for rematch vs. Loyola Marymount on Dec. 5. Tipoff at Moby Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT. The Rams will not leave the state of Colorado for the entire month, with just one road contest at Denver on Dec. 8.
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