Dec. 1, 2011
CSU at Northern Colorado | Dec. 2 | 7 p.m. MT | Greeley, Colo.
CSU at Toledo | Dec. 4 | 1 p.m. MT | Toledo, Ohio
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||NORTHERN COLORADO BEARS|
Colorado State (1-5) will play two road games at Northern Colorado (4-3), Friday, and Toledo (3-2) on Sunday. Tipoff at UNC is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT, while the Sunday contest is slated for a 1 p.m. tipoff.
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.
Denver handed Northern Colorado its first home loss of the season, Wednesday, snapping a four-game win streak. The Bears are now 2-1 at home.
Toledo will play Iona (4-2) on Thursday before hosting Colorado State, beginninng a four-game homestand. The team is 2-0 on its home court.
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. Bears series...
Friday's meeting between Colorado State and Northern Colorado marks the 30th game between the two schools. CSU holds a 19-10 advantage all-time, but is 6-7 in Greeley.
This will be Head Coach Kristen Holt's fourth game vs. UNC. She is 0-1 at the Butler-Hancock Pavilion.
About Northern Colorado...
Northern Colorado was picked to finish second in the Big Sky standings by the media and third by the coaches in the preseason polls for the 2011-12 season.
Head Coach Jaime White, now in her sixth season, currently has 66 victories as head coach at Northern Colorado. She needs two more to move into third on the all-time wins list at UNC.
Junior Lauren Oosdyke averaged 18.3 points and 6.7 rebounds, while shooting .581 from the field in three wins between Nov. 21-27, earning her the Big Sky Player of the Week. She also led the team with 10 total steals (3.3 per game) and added five assists (1.7) in wins over Nebraska-Kearney, Air Force and UC Santa Barbara.
The Bears are shooting a .437 field-goal percentage, but connect on only 22.1 percent from three-point range. They also average 10.0 steals per contest.
Last time vs. UNC...
After getting off to a slow start, Colorado State bounced back in the second half to defeat in-state rival Northern Colorado, 73-66, at Moby Arena on Dec. 2, 2010.
This win allowed the Rams (5-2) to extend their winning streak to five games, their longest since 2004. The victory builds momentum for important road trips in the upcoming schedule for the Rams.
UNC (2-6) had two steals and 21 rebounds in the first half, compared to the Rams' seven turnovers and only 15 rebounds. The Rams trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, and entered halftime trailing the Bears by five.
Last time out...
An early run by the Bobcats deflated the Rams at Worthington Arena on Tuesday. Colorado State lost to Montana State, 87-69.
After the Rams got off to a quick start with a six-point lead, Montana State went on a 13-1 run midway through the first half, and the Rams quickly found themselves with a 16-point deficit that they were never able to recover from.
Meghan Heimstra helped lead the team in the second half trying to cut the Rams deficit with a double-double performance. She registered 14 points and 10 rebounds on the evening. Sam Martin continued her impressive showing from the last game at Denver. She tallied a team-high 21 points, shooting 5-5 from the charity stripe. Mandy Makeeever also scored double-digits for CSU with 11.
Kim Mestdagh struggled on the court not scoring a single field goal in the contest. Her two points came from free-throws early on.
Hayley Thompson started her first game of the season after playing limited minutes due to an ankle injury. She scored five points in 30 minutes on the night.
Rams vs. Rockets series... Sunday's matchup will be just the second game between CSU and Toledo. The two schools last played on Dec. 21, 1992, in Moby Arena. The Rams defeated the Rockets 85-80.
The 2011 WNIT champion Rockets are the preseason favorite to win the MAC West Division for a third-consecutive season as well as the conference title. Head Coach Tricia Cullop, now in her fourth season, boasts an impressive 45-4 (.918) home record at Savage Arena. The Rams will likely see their biggest crowd of the season at the arena as the Rockets average just under 3,400 fans per contest.
Toledo's top two scorers are senior Courtney Ingersoll (13.4) and sophomore Andola Dortch (12.2). The Rockets lost their third top scorer, Naama Shafir, on Friday to a season-ending ACL injury. Ingersoll also leads Toledo in rebounds, averaging 5.2 per game, while Haylie Linn leads in assists, averaging 6.0 in the last two games.
Early season MW notes (as of Nov. 29)... Early in the season the Rams are making their mark in the league statistics. Redshirt freshman Mandy Makeever is third in her class averaging 7.4 points per game. Sam Martin holds the top spot among sophomores with 14.8 points, while senior Kim Mestdagh also tops the charts for seniors averaging 18.0 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 four categories: first in minutes played (35.5 per game), second in assists (4.7 per game), fifth in three-pointers per game (1.8) and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5). Sam Martin appears in the top five in four categories: third in scoring (15.8), fourth in field-goal percentage (.516), fourth in free-throw percentage (.885) and second in three-point field goal percentage (.462). Meghan Heimstra also appears in four categories. She places fourth overall in rebounds per game with 8.5, fifth in steals (1.8), second in defensive rebounds (6.5) and ranks fourth in blocked shots (1.7). Mandy Makeever is fifth three-point field-goal percentage (.400).
CSU is ranked in the top three in five categories The team is third in three-point field-goal percentage (.330). The Rams are second in field-goal percentage (.409) and second in rebounding defense, allowing only 34.2 rebounds per game. Colorado State places third in assists per game (13.2) and shots from charity stripe with a .730 percentage.
MW career leaders (as of Nov. 29)...
Three Rams are ranked in the top 50 in the Mountain West record books. Sam Martin currently has the fifth-best field-goal percentage (.542) all-time since the league was formed in 1999. Meghan Heimstra is now 38th in blocked shots with 62 in her career. Kim Mestdagh appears on the list four times: 1,323 points per game (25th), 450 field-goals made (31st), 232 three-point field-goals made (fifth) and 160 steals (tied for 29th).
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 1,325 career points, 10 away from ninth-place Karen Hosek-Kreuzer and 31 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. 1,325
Points Per Game (min. 45 games) 7. 13.66 (1,325/97)
Field Goals Made 13. 450 (1,071)
Field-Goal Attempts 11. 1,071 (450)
3-Point Field Goals Made 3. 232 (649)
3-Point Field Goal-Attempts 2. 649 (232)
3-Pt Field-Goal % (Based on 75 attempts) 10. .357 (232-649)
Free Throw % (Based on 100 attempts) 6. .808 (193-239)
Steals 11. 162
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 is back home for two games beginning Dec. 8 when the Rams host North Dakota. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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