Dec. 4, 2013
Colorado State vs. Loyola Marymount | Game 8
Dec. 5 | 7 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS|
Colorado State (4-3, 0-0 MW) returns home Thursday for the first time since Nov. 16 to challange Loyola Marymount (1-6, 0-0 West Coast Conference). Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT at Moby Arena (8,745).
The Rams suffered a deflating, 69-52, loss to the Lions on in Los Angeles last season, and they're looking to right ship with a third home win on Thursday.
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 Mountain West Networ at CSURams.com/videos.
About Loyola Marymount
- LMU has struggled early this season with just one victory over New Mexico State, 81-64, on Nov. 16.
- The Lions have suffered three losses of four points or less, including their two most recent games at home in the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Thanksgiving Classic. LMU lost to UC Irvine, 63-60, on Nov. 29 and Montana, 49-47, on Nov. 30. In both instances, Loyola Marymount had the ball in its possession for the final shot, but neither attempt would fall.
- One of the Lions' close losses was in their season opener at Mountain West foe New Mexico. LMU led the contest for 35 minutes, but a late 11-0 run by the Lobos proved costly. UNM won, 69-65.
- LMU averages 10.1 steals per game, ranking 61st in the nation. The Lions allow opponents a .354 three-point percentage, while shooting just .333 from the field.
- Senior point guard Hazel Ramirez is the Loyola Marymount's leading scorer, averaging 12.6 points per game. Ramirez was tabbed preseason all-WCC. She leads the squad in assists (31), steals (18), free-throw percentage (.769) and minutes played (31.6). Her 2.57 steals per game ranks 64th in the country.
- Head Coach Charity Elliott enters her second year with the Lions' basketball team. She took the helm last season after a very successful stint at Division-II UC San Diego. She has a 196-147 career record in her 12th season.
- The team returns three starters and 10 letterwinners overall from a 2012-13 squad that finished with 13-18 record last season, taking eighth in the WCC.
Series vs. the Lions
- Thursday’s meeting between Colorado State and Loyola Marymount will be the eighth game between the two schools.
- CSU is currently 4-3 over LMU all-time, with a 3-0 tally at Moby Arena.
- The Rams and Lions last took the Moby court in 2002, where CSU earned a 71-57 victory.
Last time at LMU (Nov. 28, 2012)
Colorado State dug a hole too deep to crawl out of at Loyola Marymount on Nov. 28. The Rams began their four-game road series with a 69-52 loss to the Lions.
CSU fell below .500 at 2-3 this season, while LMU improved to 5-3 on the year. The Lions remain perfect, 4-0 at home at the Gersten Pavilion.
The Rams got off to a rough and sloppy start, committing 12 turnovers before scoring any points from the field. Sophomore Ladeyah Forte struggled to run the floor for the early part of the first half, committing half of the team's giveaways in the early goings. Despite great defensive plays by Amber Makeever, Kara Spotton and Sam Martin, the Rams couldn't turn it around until the midway point in the first half on a layup from Spotton.
The Rams were finally able to regain focus from the point guard position, but to no avail, as the Lions were quick to the ball. They stripped it from CSU 17 times, accounting for 73.9 percent of the Rams' turnovers.
CSU continued to struggle from beyond the arc this season, shooting 3-23 on the evening. It was the lowest percentage on the year (.130), rivaling the .150 percentage vs. Montana State on Nov. 11.
Junior transfer Alicia Nichols pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, best her previous high of four vs. Northern Colorado 15 days ago.
Meghan Heimstra had a strong second half for CSU, nearing double-double territory with 12 points and eight boards. Sam Martin was held scoreless until she hit a couple of free throws at the 7:14 mark in the second half. She was 0-for-2 on the evening.
Despite her turnovers, Forte had a solid game from the field. She tallied 11 points, hitting 4-4 from the charity stripe.
The Rams started the game with a different lineup from the first four games. Amber Makeever and Nichols joined Forte, Heimstra and Martin.
Last time out
The Colorado State women’s basketball team relinquished a 14-point lead in the second half to a deep Chattanooga squad. The Rams fell, 59-57, in their final game of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Warrior Showdown on Sunday.
The Rams are now 4-3 on the year, while Chattanooga improves to 5-3. Both teams finished the tournament with 1-2 records. Caitlin Duffy earned all-tournament honors for averaging 13.0 points and 6.3 boards over the past three games.
Colorado State held as much as a 14-point lead midway through the second stanza, but UTC refused to back down, taking advantage of CSU’s turnovers on a 14-3 run, retaking the lead with 1 minute left to play. Tied up at 57 in the final 60 seconds, Newton turned the ball over giving Chattanooga the ball. Newton then got called for an intentional foul, sending the Mocs to the line. They hit both free throws and maintained possession. CSU got the ball with 0.8 seconds on the clock, and threw a deep pass in to Ellen Nystrom who got a three-point shot up, but it was short.
The Rams had three players in double figures. Ellen Nystrom climbed out of her recent slump with 11 points on the day, despite missing minutes for being in foul trouble. Fellow freshman Elin Gustavsson also scored double digits with 12, while pulling down a career-high nine rebounds. AJ Newton registered 12 points, and Sam Martin was one point short of a double-double with nine points and 10 boards.
CSU was hot early, shooting 50.0 percent from three-point range. The Rams opened the contest on a 13-2 run, burying four consecutive shots from beyond the arc. Through the first 20 minutes of play the team converted seven of its 14 three-point shot attempts.
Colorado State travels one hour south for its final road trip of 2013 to Denver on Sunday. Tipoff at Magness Arena is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT.
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