Game notes: Rams begin Round 2 of MW action at Air Force
Feb. 3, 2012
CSU at Air Force | Game 23
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||AIR FORCE FALCONS|
Colorado State (9-13, 5-2 MW) travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., to begin the secound round of conference play at Air Force (5-17, 0-7). Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT Saturday.
Air Force is still in search of its first win in the Mountain West. Victims of a minus-25.1 scoring margin, the Falcons have held their opponents to less than a 10-point scoring margin just once since league play began (vs. Boise State; 1/14).
CSU is currently tied for second place in the MW with UNLV. With a win, and a UNLV loss at home to Wyoming, the Rams would have exclusive rights to second place.
CSU's Kim Mestdagh earned the preseason Player of the Year title to start the 2011-12 season. She was the first to earn the honor since Becky Hammon in 1998-99. CSU was picked to finish third in the final standings. It was the highest prediction for the Rams since the 2002-03 season, when CSU was picked to finish in second place.
The game will be broadcast live on AM 1410 KIIX. Matt Wozniak, in his third season with the Rams, calls all the action. Live game audio will also be available via Rams All-Access subscription on CSURams.com.
Rams vs. Falcons series...
Saturday's meeting between Colorado State and Air Force will be the 48th game between the two schools. This is Head Coach Kristen Holt's ninth contest vs. the Falcons. Under her watch the Rams have defeated Air Force everytime except once: last season in the Mountain West tournament.
The Rams are 36-11 vs. Air Force with an 16-6 record in Colorado Springs.
Rams series under Holt
1/20/09 W, 55-50 Colo. Springs
2/21/09 W, 65-54 Fort Collins
1/9/10 W, 74-68 Colo. Springs
2/9/10 W, 80-46 Fort Collins
1/25/11 W, 64-58 Colo. Springs
2/26/11 W, 70-49 Fort Collins
3/8/11 L, 66-63 Las Vegas
1/11/12 W, 73-39 Fort Collins
Last time vs. AFA: Jan. 11, 2012...
The Colorado State women's basketball team won, 73-39, against the Air Force Falcons at Moby Arena.
Before the tipoff, Air Force (5-11, 0-1) received a technical foul for checking in its starting lineups late. Sophomore Sam Martin made both of the free throws to start the game.
Colorado State (5-11, 1-0) started off strong, but Air Force never let the game get out of hand. At last, the Rams pulled away to lead by 16 at half. Colorado State's largest lead of the game was 37.
Senior Kim Mestdagh's first points of the game came from the free-throw line, eight minutes into the second half, followed by a three-pointer, to go on a 10-4 run. Mestdagh caught on fire, shooting 3-7 from the field, 3-5 beyond the arc, and 2-2 from the free-throw line. She collected seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Mestdagh ended the game with 11 points.
Martin scored 17 points, shot 87.5 percent from the field, and was 1-1 from the three-point line. She also collected six rebounds, two blocks and two steals.Junior Meghan Heimstra scored 12 points and collected six rebounds along with having four assists and three steals.
Freshman LaDeyah Forte put up 10 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals. Freshman Hanne Mestdagh scored a career-high eight points, with six of those points being from beyond the arc.
Air Force couldn't get anything to fall in, getting eight second-chance points off of 21 offensive rebounds.
About Air Force...
- Head Coach Andrea Williams is in her second year at the helm of the Falcons, compiling a 14-39 record. Last season, AFA had three victories in MW play. The team is still on the hunt for its first league win this season.
- The Falcons fall in the bottom three in 15 out of 19 MW statistical categories. Their highest ranking is third: in defensive rebounds with 23.4, just behind CSU.
- Katie Hilbig and Alicia Leipprandt have missed recent games for AFA. Hilbig has been out since mid-December and was expected to return at the end of January, but she has yet to play. Leipprandt, the Falcons second-leading scorer, has missed the passed two games.
Dymond James leads the team in scoring with 14.9 points per game in MW play. She also plays an average of 33.1 minutes per matchup, averaging 6.1 boards, which ranks ninth in the conference.
- Michelle Ivey also pulls down 6.1 rebounds per contest. She has the most offensive boards on the team with 19 in league action.
- The team does not attempt many shots from three-point range. Only one player, Cherae Medina, has attempted 10 since conference play started.
- Megan O'Neil leads the team in blocks, ranking third in the MW with 2.0 per contest.
- On the road at New Mexico on Tuesday the Falcons improved their field-goal percentage in the second half, but it wasn't enough to cut into the Lobos 27-point lead, falling 67-44. Jamela Satterfield tied a career high with 14 points, while Camille Thompson added 13. Kami Bohannon, who made her first-career start, played 36 minutes and had six rebounds and nine points. Air Force was in foul trouble committing 23 penalties to UNM's 14. Both James and O'Neil fouled out of the contest.
Last time out...
The Colorado State women’s basketball team won against the UNLV Rebels, 74-62, Wednesday night at Moby Arena. CSU and UNLV are now tied for second place in the conference.
The Rams (9-13, 5-2) were aggressive all game by driving to the basket and looking for open shots. All players contributed to the game in points, rebounds and assists. They shot 27-for-51 from the field and 16-for-22 from the free-throw line.
Colorado State started the game with high energy, going on an 11-4 run. By halftime the Rams were up by nine.
UNLV (17-6, 5-2) came out strong in the second half, trailing only by four at one point. But the Rams took back control and went on a 7-0 run to lead by 10.
Senior Kim Mestdagh scored 22 points, had four steals, and collected nine rebounds, along with five assists.
Junior Meghan Heimstra and freshman LaDeyah Forte both reached 13 points in the game. Sophomore Sam Martin collected seven rebounds, scored four points, and had five assists.
With a minute and a half remaining in the game, UNLV still not giving up, Mestdagh hit a three-pointer to seal the win for the Rams.