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Women's basketball notes: Rams host South Dakota Mines Saturday

Dec. 12, 2013

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Colorado State vs. South Dakota Mines | Game 10
Dec. 14 | 1 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)
2013-14 Record
6-3, 0-0 MW
Last Game at Denver (W, 86-78)
Rankings (AP | ESPN/USA Today) NR | NR
RPI (Bennett Rank)
Head Coach
Overall Record
275-175 (16th Season)
Record at CSU
17-22 (Second Season)
2013-14 Record
Last Game
at South Dakota (L, 81-49)
Rankings (AP | ESPN/USA Today) N/A
RPI (Bennett Rank)
Head Coach
Ryan Larsen
Overall Record
3-7 (First Season)
Record at SDSM&T
3-7 (First Season)
Category CSU SDM
Points Per Game 71.9
Points Allowed Per Game 69.7 71.7
Field Goal Percentage .418
Opponent Field Goal Percentage .413
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .299
Opponent Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .333
Free-Throw Percentage .746
Rebounds Per Game 36.8
Rebounding Margin -2.6
Assists Per Game 14.7
Turnovers Per Game 11.8
Opponent Turnovers Per Game 14.1
Steals Per Game 4.9
Blocks Per Game 2.4
Broadcast Information
Television: None
Streaming: Mountain West Network
Radio: Colorado State Sports Network
- AM 1410 KIIX
Play-by-play: Matt Wozniak
Live Stats: CSURams.com/GameTracker
Media Relations
Danielle Marshall, Assistant Director
Office Phone: 970-491-6494
Cell Phone: 970-980-7353
E-mail: Danielle.Marshall@colostate.edu
Fax: 970-491-1348
Press Row Phone: 970-491-3981
Keeley Brown, Student-Assistant
Karen Tejeda, Student-Assistant 

Colorado State (6-3, 0-0 MW) welcomes South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (3-7) on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT at Moby Arena (8,745).

The game will count as a regular-season contest for CSU, but will be marked as an mid-season exhibition matchup for the Division-II Hardrockers. The same was done when SD Mines visited Moby last season.

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 Network at CSURams.com/videos.

About SD Mines 

  • The Lady 'Rockers are off to a rough start this season with a 3-7 record through 10 games.
  • SD Mines' most recent loss was its worst of the season on Dec. 7, as they fell to Head Coach Ryun Willliams' former school, South Dakota, 81-49.'
  • The Lady 'Rockers are 1-4 away from home with their only win on the road coming at Chadron State, 78-65, on Nov. 19. The team shot 51.9 percent and four players tallied double figures, led by team highs in scoring from bench supporters Krista Showalter and Megan Rohrer.
  • Rohrer, a 6-1 freshman is the team’s leading scorer averaging 9.8 points per game.  She is followed closely behind by Alexis Long at 9.3.
  • Defensively, Devyn Asche leads the team in rebounds averaging 4.5, followed by Jordan Needens who averages 4.0.
  • Head coach Ryan Larsen is in his first season with the Lady 'Rockers replacing the longtime coach Barb Felderman who was the coach of the team for 32 years. Larsen was an assistant under Williams for four years at USD.

Series vs. the Hardrockers 

  • Saturday's meeting is just the second regular season game between the two schools.
  • The Rams are 1-0 vs. SD Mines. Last season, the Rams won, 97-53, at Moby Arena.

A win will... 

  • Extend the Rams' win streak to three games at Moby Arena. CSU is 3-1 at home this season.
  • Improve CSU's and Head Coach Ryun William's career record vs. the Hardrockers to 2-0 all-time.
  • Tie for the program's most non-conference wins since the 2010-11 season when CSU went 7-7 before Mountain West play began.

Last time vs. South Dakota Mines (Jan. 4, 2013) 

The Colorado State women’s basketball team rushed past the South Dakota School of Mines Hardockers, 97-53, at Moby Arena.

The Rams (4-9) went into halftime leading 49-29, scoring the most points in a half since scoring 49 vs. San Jose State on Dec. 9, 2006. The Rams recorded a 44-point winning margin, the largest since a 13 point victory against Northern Colorado on Nov. 13, 2012. The Hardrockers fall to 9-6 in their second season at the Division-II level.

Junior Sam Martin led the Rams with a career-high 30 points, 20 of which came in the first half. She is the first player to hit 30 points since Kim Mestdagh scored 30 points against Tulsa on Nov. 17, 2011. Martin shot .867, converting 13-of-15, which ranks third all-time in CSU history. Martin was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine, and also recorded three assists.

Sophomore Kara Spotton also recorded a career high with 19 points. Spotton tallied three blocks, three steals, another career-high, and two assists.

Freshman Caitlin Duffy scored 16 points, with seven rebounds and two assists. Freshman Taylor Varsho came off the bench and scored 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, and one steal.

The Rams recorded 29 assists, the highest since 2004, ranking fourth all-time in CSU history. Sophomore LeDayah Forte recorded 11 assists, a career-high and the most by a Ram since 2004, with only one turnover.

With the win the Rams tied their non-conference season win record from 2011-12 with four victories.  Colorado State recorded 54 points in the paint, 29 points off of turnovers, 18 second-chance points, 10 fast-break points, all of which were season highs. Tonight’s game was the first time this season that Colorado State has never trailed in a win.

Friday was the third consecutive game that the Rams started Martin, Spotton, Forte, Alicia Nichols, and Duffy. After six different line-up changes, the Rams may have found their groove with this starting five.

Despite a lower body injury, Meghan Heimstra played five minutes in her 100th career game this evening.

Martin with exclusive company    

At the midpoint of last season Sam Martin reached elite status, entering the top 20 in scoring at CSU. With 1,266 points to date, the Colorado native is ranked No. 11, and is 69 points away from tying Karen Hosek-Kreuzer (1981-85), who holds the 10th spot in the record book.

The Parker native also registered her 500th career rebound and her 100th career block last year. She became just the second player in CSU women's basketball history to reach 1,000 points, 500 boards  and 100 denials before her senior year. The only other player to accomplish such a feat was CSU Hall of Fame member, Teresa James, who reached the goal 19 years ago during the 1994-95 season.

Appearing in nearly every statistical category (14 of 17, she isn't ranked in free-throws attempted, assists and steals), here are the Colorado native's career numbers, and where she falls in the top 20 in the record books:

Category Stat CSU Rank *MW Rank
Free-throw percentage 0.859 1st
Blocks 115 3rd 11th
Points per game 12.79 8th
Field-goal percentage 0.501 9th 15th
Three-point percentage 0.357 10th
Offensive rebounds 204 9th
Field goals made 497 8th 23rd
Rebounds per game 6.19 13th
Points 1,266 13th NR
Rebounds 613 14th NR
Field goal attempts 993 13th
Free-throws made 207 16th NR
Three-pointers 65 T-17th NR
Three-point attempts 182 18th

*Not all categories documented by MW (as of Dec. 10, 2013)

Up next...     
Colorado State closes out the year with a matchup vs. Weber State (4-4) on Dec. 22. Tipoff at Moby Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT.



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