Game notes: CSU wraps up homestand vs. Toledo
Nov. 18, 2012
Colorado State vs. Toledo | Game 4
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||TOLEDO ROCKETS|
Colorado State (2-1) will play its final home game in November vs. Toledo (1-1) at Moby Arena (8,745) on Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. MT.
The Rams four-game homestand to begin the regular season is against teams they lost to on the road last year. So far Colorado State has avenged two losses, UNC and Seattle, with one remaing game in the stretch.
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.
Toleto travels to Fort Collins with a win over Arkansas State at home (56-34) and loss at Dayton (79-76). Tuesday's game will be the first game for the Rockets in nearly a week.
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 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.
- The Rockets are predicted to finish at the top of the Mid-American Conference for the fourth-consecutive season. They were also picked to win the league tournament.
- Last season Toledo was the regular season co-champion of the MAC with a 13-3 conference record.
- Senior Yolanda Richardson is shooting a .750 field-goal percentage through two games so far this year. She is averaging 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds.. Iruma Zanoguera is second in line with 10.5 points and 5.5 boards.
- Though she only is averaging 3.0 rebounds to begin the season, Andola Dortch returns as the reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Year. She is tallying 3.0 steals per game this season.
- Tricia Cullop is in her fifth year with the Rockets. She has a 97-41 record at the school with a 220-151 record overall.
- UT returns four starters this season and 11 letterwinners overall, losing just two players from last year's roster that finished with a 24-10 record.
- Despite shooting 46.8 percent from the field, and sinking 12-of-14 free-throw attempts, the Rockets fell at Dayton, 79-76, Nov. 14, as they were outscored 9-5 over the final two minutes of the contest.
Series vs. the Redhawks...
Tuesday's meeting between Colorado State and Toledo will be the third game between the two schools. This is Head Coach Ryun Williams first contest vs. the Rockets.
The Rams are 1-1 vs. Toledo overall. This will be the Rockets first visit to Moby Arena to play CSU since 1992.
Last time at Toledo: Dec. 4, 2011...
It was another close game, down to the final minute at Savage Arena. Toledo was the team to pull away in the end as the Rams lost 58-51.
Colorado State fell to 1-7 on the year, while the 2011 WNIT champion Toledo Rockets improved to 5-2 on the season and 46-5 at home.
Colorado State quickly got into turnover trouble early in the contest, committing six in the first 5 minutes of play and 16 through the end of the first half. The Rams kept the score close, but the Rockets ultimately took advantage of CSU’s mistakes, scoring 23 points off the team’s giveaways. Three starters had five turnovers or more adding to the team’s 27 total.
Sophomore Sam Martin was the team’s leading scorer with 21, followed by Kim Mestdagh who also tallied double figures with 14. It was Martin’s third time in four games she registered 20 or more points.
Redshirt freshman Mandy Makeever left the game at halftime with a shoulder injury and did not return to the contest. LaDeyah Forte played the point guard position for the remainder of the game with eight points and four assists.
The Rockets top scorer, Courtney Ingersoll, who averages 13.2 points per game, was held scoreless through the first half, but improved in the second scoring 10 points on the afternoon.
CSU has played a difficult schedule to begin 2011-12. Seven out of eight of the Rams opponents so far this season have a winning record. Tulsa, the Rams lone win this season is the only team below .500. Colorado State now has four losses with less than a seven-point differential.