Game notes: CSU renews Border War rivalry at Wyoming Saturday
Jan. 31, 2013
Colorado State at Wyoming | Game 20
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||WYOMING COWGIRLS|
Colorado State (6-13, 2-4 MW) travels to Laramie, Wyo., to take on the Cowgirls (16-4, 5-2) Saturday at Arena Auditorium. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT.
The Cowgirls welcome Colorado State to the "Double A" riding a three-game win streak. Wyoming has gotten the best of UNLV in Las Vegas (76-54) and Air Force (86-48) and New Mexico (72-54) on the road.
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 Wyoming
- The Cowgirls are a perfect 9-0 at home this season.
- Three of Wyoming's four losses this season were to opponents CSU also faced this year. All three were road matchups: Colorado, Bowling Green and Boise State. Both the Rams and Cowgirls lost to CU and Bowling Green, but the Cowgirls also lost at Boise State, 70-68, where CSU prevailed on Wednesday. Wyomings's fourth loss was at San Diego State (66-43), where the Rams will travel on Feb. 13.
- Through seven conference games, Wyoming leads the league in scoring offense (73.6) and is second in scoring defense (57.7), thus giving it a large scoring margin at plus-15.9.
- Wyoming has a solid presence in almost every statistical category in league play. The Cowgirls' only pitfalls are three-point field-goal percentage defense in ninth place (.417), steals (5.6; 9th) and three-point percentage (.320; sixth).
- The Cowgirls have five true starters in Chaundra Sewell, Kayla Woodwards, Kaitlyn Mileto, Ashley Sickles and Alison Gorrell. All but Gorrell were a part of the starting five from 2011-12.
- The four returning starters each average double figures in scoring. Sewell leads the pack at 14.6, followed by Woodward (14.6), Mileto (13.0) and Sickles (10.9). Sewell is the leading rebounder in the Mountain West, pulling down 9.8 boards per contest.
- Rams' assistant coach Chad Lavin, who led Wyoming from 1986-98, was just replaced this season by current head coach Joe Legerski as the winningest coach in Wyoming's history. Legerski is in his 10th season at Wyoming with a 188-111 record.
- Wyoming's attendance average of 3,354 this season ranks second in the Mountain West and 28th in the nation.
Series vs. the Cowgirls
- Saturday's meeting between Colorado State and Wyoming will be the 84th game between the two schools. It is the oldest rivalry in CSU history, dating back to 1974, in the programs' inaugural season.
- The Rams are 42-41 vs. the Cowgirls overall with a 16-22 record in Laramie.
- CSU hasn't won north of the border in 11 years, dating back to Feb. 23, 2002.
- This is Head Coach Ryun Williams first contest vs. Wyoming. Until this season, Williams had never played against any team in the MW, aside from CSU.
A win will...
- Give the Rams a chance to hold the sixth place spot alone in the conference standings. The Rams are currently tied for sixth with New Mexico at 2-4.
- Give the Rams their third road win of the season. CSU currently has the third-best road record in Mountain West play behind Wyoming and San Diego State.
- Avenge a tough loss in overtime at Wyoming last season (recap below).
- Tie the Rams' win record on the road from the 2011-12 campaign at three.
Last time at Wyoming (Feb. 18, 2012)
A desperation three-pointer with the shot clock winding down in overtime allowed Wyoming to pull away for the 66-62 win at the Arena Auditorium.
The Rams (12-14, 8-3 MW) remain in second place in the league, but have now lost 10 games in a row in Laramie. Wyoming improves to 11-13 and 7-4 in the Mountain West.
Kelly Hartig continued her hot streak, scoring double-digits for the second consecutive time. She finished with a team-high 17 on the afternoon. Sam Martin found her shot again, scoring 15 points of her own.
The Cowgirls shot only 35.3 percent, but the team made 24 free throws off of a season-high 25 CSU fouls. Wyoming also tallied 21 second-chance points off 14 offensive boards. Comparatively, CSU had just seven offensive rebounds, scoring eight points.
Down by four with 2:49 on the clock, the Rams came back on two very important steals by Kelly Hartig and Kim Mestdagh. Both Sam Martin and Mestdagh hit each of their free throws on the other end of the court, giving CSU a two-point lead. A missed layup by Chaudra Sewell from Wyoming with 18.2 seconds forced the Cowgirls to foul. Hayley Thompson hit the back end of her two shots from the charity stripe, but Sewell made up for her missed shot earlier, making her first three-pointer of the year with just 4.1 seconds on the clock, sending the game to overtime.
The game continued to go back-and-forth until Ashley Sickles banked in last-second three-pointer at 1:29 in the overtime period. After that, time ran out on the Rams, who were unable to come back before time expired.
By the 13:08 mark of the second half, every CSU player had at least one foul. Heimstra received her fourth five minutes into the stanza and fouled out at 8:49. Mestdagh recorded her fourth with 8:16 on the clock and fouled out with 28.2 seconds to play.
Kim Mestdagh, who has scored double figures in 11 consecutive contests, was held to just two points with Cowgirls' guard Kaitlyn Mileto defending her tightly for the entire game.
Colorado State is home for its only game next week vs. MW-newcomer Nevada Wednesday. The Wolfpack are currently 1-5 in the league with a 6-13 mark overall. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.