Game notes: Rams wrap up regular season at UNLV
Feb. 27, 2012
CSU at UNLV | Game 29
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||UNLV LADY REBELS|
Colorado State (13-15, 9-4 MW) will travel to Las Vegas twice in two weeks as it wraps up the regular-season schedule Wednesday at UNLV (21-8, 9-4), before taking another trip out to Sin City for the Mountain West tournament March 7. Wednesday's tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT.
UNLV is back home after a successful road stint at Boise State (75-66) and Air Force (86-48). The Lady Rebels are on the Mountain West's longest current win streak at four games.
CSU has surpassed its conference win total from 2010-11 with nine on the year, totaling the most Mountain West victories under Head Coach Kristen Holt since she took over the reins four seasons ago. Colorado State is tied with UNLV in second place in the league standings. With a win, the Rams would earn the No. 2 seed in the tournament, playing New Mexico in the first round. Below is the schedule for the first round of action at the tournament next week:
Quarterfinals Schedule - Wednesday, March 7 (all times are MT and on The Mtn.):
1 p.m. - #1 San Diego State vs. #8 Air Force
3:30 p.m. - #4 seed (TCU or Wyoming) vs. #5 seed (TCU or Wyoming)
7 p.m. - #2 seed (UNLV or Colorado State) vs. #7 New Mexico
9:30 p.m. - #3 seed (UNLV or Colorado State) vs. #6 Boise State
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. Rebels series...
Wednesday's meeting between Colorado State and UNLV will be the 36th game between the two schools. This is Head Coach Kristen Holt's eighth contest vs. the Rebels. She is 6-1 with a win at home earlier this season.
The Rams are 21-14 vs. UNLV overall with a 9-9 record in Las Vegas. The last time the Rams visited the Cox Pavilion, on Feb. 19, 2011, they fell to UNLV 72-60.
Last time vs. UNLV: Feb. 1, 2012...
The Colorado State women’s basketball team won against the UNLV Rebels, 74-62, at Moby Arena. CSU and UNLV both 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 CSU 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 for 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.
- Last week on Feb. 22, the Rebels routed Boise State for their 20th win on the season. It's the first 20-win season under Head Coach Kathy Olivier and the first for the program since 2003-04.
- UNLV leads the conference in two statistical categories in league play: three-point field-goal percentage defense (.294) and rebounds per game (38.0). They fall in the top three slightly more than CSU in 13 areas, including scoring margin (plus-6.5; third), rebounding margin (plus-3.8; second) and turnover margin (plus-1.8; third).
- The Lady Rebels are 34th in the nation this season in rebounding margin at plus-5.5. Individually Lenita Sanford is 26th in blocks with 2.3 per game.
- Kelli Thompson (13.9), Sanford (10.5) and Mia Bell (10.3) are all averaging double-digits in conference play. Jamie Smith barely misses the mark with 9.9 points per contest. The Rebels can score from every position on the court, with four out of five starters scoring 20 or more points in at least one game this year.
- Three Lady Rebels are ranked in the top five in the MW in rebounds per game: Smith (7.8; third), Sanford (7.4; fourth) and Styles (6.4; fifth). Styles, Smith and Sanford are all ranked in the top five in offensive boards as well.
- The Rebels turned a six-point halftime lead into a 38-point win Saturday at Air Force (86-48). The Falcons did not make a single field-goal in the final 12 minutes of the contest, allowing UNLV to finish on a 38-4 run. The Rebels had four players score double figures, including two players, Sandrine Nzeukou and Thompson, who tallied 20 or more points. Jamie Smith recorded her second double-double in MW play with 11 points and 11 boards.
Last time out...
The Colorado State women's basketball team won in the final minutes against first-place San Diego State, 68-65, Saturday afternoon at Moby Arena.
The game went down to the final seconds as CSU (13-15, 9-4 Mountain West) and San Diego State (22-6, 11-2) both battled for the win. But Colorado State came out on top.
Both teams came out firing from the gate, going back and forth to score a bucket. CSU got its first lead at the 11:49 mark, and then went on a 15-4 run to take advantage of the Aztecs' missed shots.
The Rams found their hot spot with junior Meghan Heimstra coming off of the bench and scoring 13 points in nine minutes. Mestdagh hit her first three-pointer with 7:27 to play in the first half to make the crowd go crazy.
Colorado State looked to be slowed down at the end of the half. San Diego State cut the Rams' lead from 13 to two. There was a lot of momentum to start the second half, just like the first half, with both teams taking turns to score.
The Rams got their energy back when freshman LaDeyah Forte made a basket to give the Rams a 64-62 lead with 43 seconds to go. On San Diego State's ensuing possession, the Aztecs threw the ball away to give Colorado State the ball with 28 seconds left. The Rams kept their cool and came out with the win.
Heimstra dominated the game by driving to the basket and making aggressive plays. She achieved a career-high 21 points, and was 8-for-9 from the free-throw line. She also had one block, two assists and four rebounds.
Mestdagh scored 16 points, going 2-for-6 behind the arc. She had six assists and four rebounds. Forte ended up with 10 points, three assists and five rebounds. Senior Kelly Hartig had six points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
With the win, CSU completed its home conference scheduled undefeated for the first time since the 2002-02 season.
For the first time since 2002-03, the Rams were undeated at home in conference play, compiling a 7-0 record. With one game left in the regular season, CSU (9-4) is guaranteed a winning record in Mountain West games for the first time since 2003-04. Colorado State's nine wins are the most the program has had in conference play since 2001-02.
With just three losses at Moby Arena this season, the Rams' .769 (10-3) win percentage ranks eighth all-time in the women's basketball record book.