Dec. 17, 2007
Colorado State (2-8) at Idaho (0-10)
Dec. 18, 2007 | Moscow, Idaho | Cowan Spectrum (7,000) | 6:30 p.m. MT
Colorado State (2-8) at Portland (7-4)
Dec. 21, 2007 | Portland, Ore. | Chiles Center (4,852) | 6:15 p.m. MT
Overall Record 2-2 4-0
In Fort Collins 1-1 3-0
At Opponent Venue 0-1 1-0
At Neutral Sites 1-0 0-0
Warden vs. 2-2 1-1
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Colorado State women's basketball heads out on the road for a pair of games at Idaho and Portland.
The Rams (2-8) begin the trip in Moscow, Idaho, with a matchup against the University of Idaho Vandals (0-10) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. MT from the Cowan Spectrum. Colorado State will then travel to Portland, Ore., for a game against the Portland Pilots. The Rams and Pilots tip off beginning at 6:15 p.m. MT on Friday from the Chiles Center.
The trip marks the final non-conference road trip of the season for Colorado State, which is still looking for its first road victory.
Idaho is led by head coach Mike Divilbiss in his seventh year at the helm of the Vandals' program, where he has posted a record of 78-104 entering Tuesday's game.
Idaho ended last season with an overall record of 6-22 and finished tied for eighth place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 3-13 record vs. conference foes.
Although the team returned six players, including three starters, Idaho has struggled out of the gate in 2007 and is looking for its first victory of the season against the Rams.
A pair of young and talented players lead the charge for Idaho. Sophomore forward Katie Madison, who led the Vandals in scoring (19.0 ppg.) and rebounding (8.9 rpg.) as a freshman in 2006-07, once again is the team's top scorer and rebounder. Through 10 games, Madison averages 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. Freshman Yinka Olorunnife ranks just behind Madison in both points (9.9 ppg.) and rebounds (6.0 rpg.).
As a team, the Vandals average just less than 54 points per contest and are being outscored by a margin of nearly 20 points per game.
The Rundown vs. Idaho
Tuesday's game will mark the fifth in the series between the Rams and the Vandals. The two teams have split the four previous meetings, with the Rams winning the two most recent matchups. In the Rams' only previous visit to Moscow, the Vandals handed the Rams a 93-71 setback during the 1982 series. Last season, Colorado State captured an 88-68 victory at Moby Arena in the first round of the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational.
2-2 Overall | 1-1 Home | 0-1 Away | 1-0 Neutral
11/27/82 L 71-93 Moscow
12/03/88 L 60-69 Fort Collins
11/17/00 W 71-60 Reno, Nev.
11/24/06 W 88-68 Fort Collins
The Pilots are off to a significantly better start to the season than the Vandals, posting a 7-4 mark heading into a Tuesday matchup at Southern Utah, before Saturday's contest against Colorado State.
Head coach Jim Sollars is in his 22nd year as the head coach of the Pilots program. This season, he returned 12 letterwinners, including four starters, and has his team off to a good start.
Three players have started all 11 contests for the Pilots, led by sophomore guard Laiken Dollente who averages a team-best 15.1 points per game. Another sophomore, Kendra Morris ranks second on the team averaging 10.3 points per contest.
Senior center Rachel Warren averages nearly 10 points per game and leads the team in rebounding at 6.4 boards per contest.
As a team, the Pilots score 76.9 points per game, while holding opponents to an average of 67.5 points. Portland also holds a rebounding edge over its opponents, pulling down 39.5 per contest, while giving up 38.
The Rundown vs. Portland
Saturday's contest vs. Portland marks the fifth in the series between the Rams and the Pilots. Colorado State has won each of the four previous meetings.
4-0 Overall | 3-0 Home | 1-0 Away | 0-0 Neutral
12/02/88 W 75-53 Fort Collins
01/08/90 W 69-65 (ot) Portland
12/08/90 W 68-61 Fort Collins
12/04/05 W 70-58 Fort Collins
Weber State Notables
Colorado State dropped a 61-50 decision on the road against Weber State on Dec. 8. However, several Rams reached milestones in the contest.
Most notably, senior guard Sara Hunter, a native of Fort Collins, recorded 10 points to give her 1,002 points for her career at Colorado State. Hunter became the 15th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Sophomore forward Juanise Cornell recorded the third double-double performance of her career, notching team bests with 17 points and 13 rebounds in the contest. Cornell's 17 points marked a career high, while her 13 rebounds were a team season high. Cornell also tied career marks in the contest for offensive rebounds (4) and field goals made (6) and attempted (14).
Junior Carine Reimink tied career highs with five rebounds and a team-best three assists in the contest.
Junior Kandy Beemer connected on two 3-pointers in the game. It marked the sixth game - and third consecutive contest - in which Beemer has connected on multiple 3-point attempts.
Top of the Mountain West
Several Rams rank among the top of the Mountain West Conference in a number of categories.
As a team, Colorado State ranks fourth in the Mountain West in 3-point field goal percentage, connecting on 34.2 percent from long range.
Defensively, CSU ranks seventh in the league with 6.60 steals per contest.
Senior guard Sara Hunter ranks 11th in the conference, averaging 13.5 points per game. Hunter ranks first in the MWC in 3-pointers per game (2.50) and ranks 13th in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.342). Hunter's .870 free-throw percentage ranks tied for first in the MWC.
Sophomore Juanise Cornell ranks 20h in the MWC in scoring (10.1 ppg.), second in rebounding (8.2 rpg.) and 15th in field goal percentage (.443). Cornell also ranks tied for eighth in offensive rebounds per game (2.6) and second in defensive rebounds per game (5.60).
Junior college transfers Kandy Beemer and Carine Reimink have also made their presence felt. Beemer ranks fourth in the MWC in 3-point field goal percentage, connecting at a 42.1 percent clip. Reimink is tied for 12th in the conference, averaging 0.80 blocks per game. reimink also ranks sixth, averagin 2.7 offensive rebounds per game.
For the Record
Senior guard Sara Hunter has made quite an assault on the career record book at Colorado State. In the Rams' last outing at Weber State, Hunter notched 10 points to become the 15th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point milestone. For a closer look at where Hunter ranks on the CSU career charts, see page five of this release.
Colorado State returns to Moby Arena to close out its non-conference schedule against the New Mexico State Aggies on Saturday, Dec. 29 at Moby Arena. The Rams and Aggies are slated to tip off at 4 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on The Mtn.
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