Game notes: CSU hosts UNLV on Wednesday
Feb. 18, 2013
Colorado State vs. Air Force | Game 23
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||UNLV LADY REBELS|
Colorado State (8-15, 4-6 MW) is back home, looking to avenge a loss from earlier this season, vs. UNLV (10-15, 6-5) Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT at Moby Arena.
The Lady Rebels are traveling to Fort Collins following a big road loss at San Diego State on Sunday, 86-50. UNLV is in fourth place in the conference standings, two games ahead of CSU.
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 UNLV
- UNLV's best statistic in MW play is its three-point percentage defense, allowing opponents a 26.7 percent conversion rate, which leads the conference. The Rebels are second in the league at the other end of the court in three-point percentage, at .357.
- The Lady Rebels top scorer is Kelli Thompson, who leads the Mountain West in conference play with 20.5 points per game. Danielle Miller is second on the team with 10.9.
- The top two scores vs. the Rams in their first meeting, Briana Charles and Alana Cesarz, are out for the rest of the season with a fractured hand and a torn ACL, respectively. Freshman forward Rejane Verin has replaced Cesarz in the starting lineup improving her scoring to 7.4, and her rebounds to a team-high 7.0 per contest in league play.
- UNLV has won four of its past six games, including road wins over Nevada and New Mexico.
- The Rebels were up 18-14 over the Aztecs in the early goings Sunday, but with only eight players dressed, UNLV couldn't keep up with San Diego State, falling 86-50 in San Diego. Thompson was the game's leading scorer with 28 points.
- Thompson is averaging 24.8 points over the past five contests for the Lady Rebels. She scored a career-high 33 vs. Boise State on Feb. 2.
Series vs. the Lady Rebels
- Wednesday's meeting between Colorado State and UNLV will be the 38th game between the two schools.
- The Rams are 21-16 vs. the Rebels overall with a 12-5 record in Fort Collins.
- Despite a current two-game skid in the series, Colorado State has won seven of the past 10 matchups.
- CSU is on a four-game win streak over UNLV at home. The Rams haven't lost to the Rebels in Moby Arena since Feb. 9, 2008.
- This is Head Coach Ryun Williams second contest vs. UNLV, with an 0-1 record in his career. Until this season, Williams had never played against any team in the MW, aside from CSU.
A win will...
- Allow the Rams a chance to move into a tie for fifth place in the conference standings with New Mexico. The Rams are currently in sixth.
- Improve the Rams' record against the Rebels to 22-16 all-time and 13-5 in Fort Collins.
- Push CSU's record over .500 at home this year. Colorado State has been at or below .500 at Moby since Dec. 20.
Last time at UNLV (Jan. 20)
A solid start turned into frantic play as Colorado State lost on the road to UNLV, 63-50, at Cox Pavilion.
Colorado State fell to 1-2 in Mountain West play and 5-11 overall. The Rebels improved to 2-2 in the MW and 6-13 on the year.
CSU opened the game on a 7-0 run, besting its 6-0 run to begin the previous game at Air Force, but the Rams weren’t able to keep the lead this time, as UNLV took over with nine minutes left in the first frame.
The Rebels’ Briana Charles, a sophomore, made the first, second and third three-pointers of her career in the first 20 minutes of play. She ended the afternoon with a career-high 16 points, topping her previous personal best of six, shooting a perfect 1.000 percent.
Where Charles left off, junior Rmanjii Haynes took over. Haynes shot 3-of-4 from beyond the arc for 11 points, both career highs. UNLV, which had previously made six three-pointers on two occasions this season, obliterated that mark with 12 on the afternoon.
Colorado State committed 15 turnovers in the first stanza, leading to 18 UNLV points, en route to a season-high 23 turnovers for the game.
The Rams went the same starting five from the last contest: Duffy, Thompson, Nichols, Martin and Heimstra.
Colorado State is back on the road for a tough stretch at New Mexico and Fresno State. The Lobos are one spot ahead of the Rams in fifth place in the league standings at 5-6, with a 13-11 mark overall. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. MT.