Rams look to extend streak vs. Broncos
Feb. 13, 2012
CSU vs. Boise State | Game 25
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||BOISE STATE BRONCOS|
Colorado State (11-13, 7-2 MW) wraps up a two-game homestand vs. Boise State (13-11, 4-5) Tuesday at Moby Arena. The Rams will look to extend their win streak to a season-high four games. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. MT.
Boise State travels to Fort Collins on a two-game win streak with victories at New Mexico (68-64) and at home over Air Force (83-59).
CSU is off to its best start in conference play since 2001-02 when the Rams finished 12-2 in the Mountain West. Colorado State is safe and secure in second place in the league standings, with a two-game lead over the three teams tied for third. With a win, and a San Diego State loss on the road to New Mexico, the Rams would move into a tie for first place with the Aztecs. The Lobos and Aztecs tip off at The Pit on Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT.
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 televised live on The Mtn. Mike Evans (play-by-play) and Andrea Lloyd (color analysis) will be commentating from the sidelines.
The game will also 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. Broncos series...
Tuesday's meeting between Colorado State and Boise State will be the fourth game between the two schools. This is Head Coach Kristen Holt's second contest vs. the Broncos. She is 1-0 with a win on the road earlier this season.
The Rams are 1-2 vs. the Broncos overall with an 0-1 record in Fort Collins. Until this season when BSU joined the Mountain West, the Rams had not played the Broncos since 1991.
Last time at Boise State: Jan. 17, 2012...
The Rams were up by three with 1:21 on the clock and in danger of falling behind to the Broncos, but Colorado State held off Boise State with outstanding defense and clutch shooting, winning 60-52 at Taco Bell Arena.
With its second win on the road this season, CSU improved to 2-1 in conference play with a 6-12 record overall, while Boise State fell to 11-7 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain West.
Both LaDeyah Forte and Kelly Hartig had a chance to put the game away for CSU with little more than a minute remaining, but both players missed the front end of their one-and-one free-throw attempts. The Rams caught a break with a missed shot on the Boise end and Meghan Heimstra hit a layup and got the foul at the Rams’ end to seal the win.
Colorado State opened the game on a 9-0 run and eventually increased its lead to as much as 14 midway through the first half. However, mental errors late in the half led to Rams turnovers and BSU was able to close the gap to seven heading into the locker room.
A 13-2 run midway through the second half gave the Rams a 10-point lead, but Boise State would not go away, threatening by pulling within three points at the 1:40 mark. But in the end, Heimstra’s shot and free throws by Hayley Thompson removed all hope for the Broncos.
Kim Mestdagh and Sam Martin both tallied double figures with 21 and 19, respectively. Mestdagh was also the Rams’ leader on the defensive end with 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Heimstra also hit double figures with clutch play at the end. She finished the night with 10 points and seven boards. Thompson and Hartig were dominant forces for the Rams down low, pulling down seven boards as well.
- Boise State has a 4-5 record in conference play, defeating New Mexico and Air Force in both the first and second rounds.
- The team is first in the MW in three-pointers made, with 56 since conference play began. On the season, the Broncos have attempted 141 more shots from beyond the arc than the Rams.
- Though BSU is second in scoring offense with 65.6 per game, the Broncos are seventh in scoring defense, allowing 66.3 points per contest from their opponents.
- Lauren Lenhardt falls just below MW leader Kim Mestdagh in points per game with 18.4. Kati Isham also averages double figures with 13.4. Defensively, Nicole Brady is fourth in the league with 7.0 rebounds per game.
- In Saturday's game vs. Air Force six players registered nine points or more in an 83-59 rout over the Falcons. Brady had a team-high 16 points, while Lenhardt, who was held to only five points, pulled down a season-high five rebounds. The team hit nine three-pointers, including seven in the second half, scoring 47 points in the final stanza.
Last time out...
The Colorado State women's basketball team pulled through to win against TCU, 61-59, Saturday night at Moby Arena, as the game came down to the final seconds. The last time the Rams won against TCU was exactly 13 years ago on Feb. 11, 1999.
CSU (11-13, 7-2 MW) led only by one with two minutes remaining in the game. TCU (11-13, 5-4) was about to tie the game when junior Meghan Heimstra took a charge from TCU's Antoinette Thompson with 40 seconds left.
Senior Kim Mestdagh was sent to the line with ten seconds left in the game and even though she missed the free throw, Heimstra collected the rebound. Still TCU had a chance to tie with five seconds left, but CSU came out with the win.
Both teams came out hot-shooting to begin the game. Mestdagh hit three three-pointers to score the first points for the Rams. CSU went on an 18-2 run to lead the Horned Frogs, 39-23 at half.
The Horned Frogs came out strong in the second-half outscoring the Rams, 36-22, but CSU fought through to the end.
This is the largest attendance for the women's games since Dec. 3, 2008, with 1,950 in the seats.
Mestdagh had 21 points, which moves her up to fourth place in the all-time record book at CSU for career individual points at 1,616. She again tied her career high in assists with eight. She also had four rebounds and two steals.
Heimstra now has 84 blocks for her career and is in fourth place in the all-time record book at CSU. She had seven rebounds, three assists, three rebounds and two steals for the game.
Thompson had a career high 14 points. She also had two steals and two rebounds.
With the win, Colorado State secured their second-place spot in the conference, while San Diego State sits in first. And the Rams aren't looking to slow down.