Game notes: CSU hosts New Mexico
Jan. 21, 2013
Colorado State vs. New Mexico | Game 17
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||NEW MEXICO LOBOS|
Colorado State (5-11, 1-2 MW) is home to take on New Mexico (9-7, 1-2) on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
The Lobos travel to Fort Collins after their first victory in Mountain West action. UNM defeated Boise State at home, 58-53, on Saturday.
With the return of two-time all-conference selection, Sam Martin, and the reigning Mountain West Sixth Player of the Year, Meghan Heimstra, the Rams will look to improve upon last season’s 13-17 record. Sophomore LaDeyah Forte leads Colorado State from the point guard position. She finished second in assist-to-turnover ratio in the MW in her rookie year.
The game will be broadcast live on AM 1410 KIIX. Matt Wozniak, now in his fourth season with the Rams, calls all the action. Live game video will also be available for all non-televised home contests via Rams All-Access subscription on CSURams.com, and for the first time, fans will be able to listen to every Rams' game for free on Rams All-Access.
Scouting Report on UNM
- New Mexico's 58-53 victory over Boise State was a come-from-behind win. The Lobos were down by as many as 13 points in the second half. UNM was led by Texas Tech transfer, Antiesha Brown, with 16 points, and Whitney Johnson with 14.
- Similar to the Rams, New Mexico is 1-5 away from The Pit this season. Its lone road win came at in-state rival New Mexico State in mid-December.
- UNM's nine wins so far this season have tied its win record from a year ago. Last season the Lobos were 9-19 in the regular season before making a MW tournament run, falling in the semifinals.
- Five out of the past six Lobos' games have been on the road. UNM has played just one game at home since Dec. 8.
- Preseason all-Mountain West senior Caroline Durbin leads the team in scoring at 12.6 points per contest. No other players are averaging double figures, but the Lobos have four additional players with over 7.5 points per game.
- New Mexico is second in the league in field-goal percentage (.444) since conference play began. The Lobos are also good on the glass, with a plus-8.7 rebounding margin.
Series vs. the Lobos
- Wednesday's meeting between Colorado State and UNM will be the 68th game between the two schools.
- This is Head Coach Ryun Willliams' first contest vs. the Lobos.
- The Rams are 30-37 vs. New Mexico overall with a 19-10 record in Fort Collins.
- The Lobos have gotten the better of the Rams in recent years, but CSU is on a two-game series win-streak at home since 2010.
A win will...
- Move CSU into at least seventh place in the conference standings. The Rams are currently tied with Nevada and New Mexico with a 1-2 mark.
- Push the Rams' home record over .500. CSU is 4-4 at home this season.
- Bring CSU back .500 in Mountain West play. Last season, the team never fell below .500 in league play.
- Tally the most wins (3) for CSU in a single month this season. So far, the Rams haven't gotten more than two wins in November and December.
Last time vs. New Mexico (Jan. 25, 2012)
The Colorado State women's basketball team came back to win against the New Mexico Lobos, 61-54, at Moby Arena. This is the first time the Rams have been 4-1 to start the conference since the 2001-02 season.
New Mexico (6-13, 0-5) started the game on a 12-2 run by shooting two three-pointers. CSU (8-12, 4-1) found their own rhythm and lead at halftime. In the first half, Colorado State's field goal percentage went from 12.5 on the first nine shots to 66.7 on the final 18 shots of the half.
Senior Kim Mestdagh scored 19 points and had three steals and three assists.
Heimstra recorded 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three steals while playing 28 minutes.
With three minutes to go in the game, Mestdagh hit a three-pointer to take the Rams biggest lead of the night to put the game out of reach for New Mexico.
Martin scored 15 points and seven rebounds while in foul trouble. She only played eight minutes in the second half. Sophomore Hayley Thompson recorded seven rebounds. Freshman LaDeyah Forte registered six assists.
Colorado State wraps up the week hosting Mountain West newcomer Fresno State on Sunday. The Bulldogs are currently 3-1 in the league with a 11-6 mark overall. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT and the game will be televised on CBS Sports.