Colorado State Cracks the Top 25 in the Associated Press Women's Basketball Poll
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – It has been a year for the ages for the Colorado State women’s basketball team. Seemingly every week, the Rams have set a new milestone: a school-record 21 game win streak, a school-record 10 game road win streak, a 24-1 start to the season, etc. Well, add another milestone to the ever-extending list as the Rams earned a spot in the latest AP Top 25 poll for the first time since Nov. 18, 2002.
“It is great recognition for our program and for the hard work this team has put in, but it isn't going to change our approach to everything we do,” Head Coach Ryun Williams said. “From the beginning, our goals have always been ones we can control; top 25 voting is something we cannot control. We know that we are going to continue to get every opponent’s best effort – maybe even more so now - and we are going to have to continue to play well to reach our ultimate goal. It is fun for our players to see that people across the country are starting to take notice, and it's also a great thing for our fans who have been tremendous all year. We're thankful for their support, and it's something they can enjoy too, but we have a lot of work to do and our goals are still in front of us."
Colorado State, which is ranked No. 25 in the poll, has been steadily climbing all season. The Rams started the year 3-0, with a home win over West Coast Conference regular season champion BYU, before dropping their lone game of the season, a one point loss at Penn in the historic Palestra. Since that time, however, the Rams have emerged as one of the elite programs in the country.
CSU is in the midst of a school-record 21 game win streak, which ranks as the second longest active win streak in the country behind only UCONN. Over those 21 games, CSU has an average margin of victory of 18.6 points per game and has won 11 of those games by at least 20 points. The Rams have gotten the job done on the road as well, winning 10 straight, the fourth longest streak nationally, since the loss at Penn in its road opener.
The Rams first received votes in the poll on Jan. 18, receiving three votes. Over the next few weeks, CSU increased its votes to eight, then 11, then 23, then 33 until finally breaking the barrier with 58 votes this week.
Colorado State boasts its best defense in school history and is ranked No. 9 nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 51.9 points per game, and No. 5 nationally in field goal percentage defense at 33.3 percent shooting. Offensively, the Rams are as balanced as any team in the country. CSU has four players averaging at least 10.3 points per game and is the only team in the Mountain West to not have a single player average 10 shot attempts per game. Senior guard Jamie Patrick, the team’s leading scorer at 12.7 points per game, paces the Rams with 9.4 shots per contest.
The Rams will look to remain unbeaten in the Mountain West and keep their historic streaks alive this Wednesday when they travel to New Mexico to take on the Lobos at 7 p.m. MT. The game will be streamed live on TheMW.com and CSURams.com/videos.