Colorado State Takes On Colorado Next
The Rams are 9-26 all-time vs. Colorado.
Dec. 6, 2004
Up Next: Colorado State at Colorado
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The Coors Light Ram Basketball Coaches' Show will air from 7-8 p.m. from the University Park in Fort Collins, Colo. The show will air on 600 KCOL in Fort Collins and 710 KNUS in Denver. Show dates are: Dec. 14, Dec. 22, Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, Mar. 1 and Mar. 8.
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Vs. Colorado: Colorado State will travel to Boulder, Colo. on Dec. 8 to take on the University of Colorado at 7 p.m. The Rams are 9-26 all-time vs. Colorado and only 2-17 against the Buffs in Boulder. The good news for Colorado State is that the Rams are 3-2 against the Buffs in their last five meetings. The Rams lost the last meeting between the two schools 81-74 in Fort Collins, Colo.
On The Tube: The Colorado State women's basketball team will make it's first appearance on television this season when it plays Colorado on Dec. 8. Fox Sports Rocky Mountain will televise the game beginning at 7 p.m. Mitch Hyder will do the play-by-play and Sandy Williams will be the color analyst.
Shutout: The Rams shut out Texas-Pan American from the field over the last 9:10 of the second half. The Broncs failed to connect from the field going 0-for-8 to close the game. The Broncs did not get a shot off in the final 3:30. The only points that the Rams allowed over the final nine minutes came from the free throw line with 2:30 to go.
On A Win Streak: The Rams are currently on a four-game win streak heading into Wednesday's game at Colorado. The longest win streak under coach Denker at Colorado State is six games during the 2001-02 season.
Stealing High: The Rams created 16 steals vs. the Broncs. The last time Colorado State had recorded 16 steals in a game was Nov. 11, 2003 vs. Long Beach State.
Consistant Scoring: Lindsay Thomas is the only Ram to score in double digits every game this season. She has scored in double figures in nine consecutive games dating back to last season. The last time Thomas was held to single digits was March 6, 2004 at New Mexico when she put up six points.
Scoring Streak: Lindsay Thomas has scored at least one point in 67 straight games for the Rams. In fact, the only game of her career that Thomas did not score in was the second game of her career vs. USC on Nov. 17, 2002. The next closest streak is 38 by Melissa Dennett followed by Vanessa Espinoza with a 33-game scoring streak.
Denker In November: Head Coach Chris Denker has the Rams off to another solid start. The Rams are 10-3 under Denker in the month of November entering Tuesday's game with Pepperdine. This season, the Rams finished November 4-1.
Doubling Up: Twice this season the Rams had two players get a double-double in the same game. Lindsay Thomas and Melissa Dennett teamed up to record double-doubles in both games. Thomas had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Dennett scored 15 points and grabbed 10 boards in the season opener vs. San Francisco. Against UAB, Dennett scored 25 points and had 15 rebounds while Thomas added 20 points and snagged 10 rebounds. It is the first time that the same two players have recorded double-doubles in two games in the same season since Misty Smith and Teresa James did it during the 1993-94 season.
From Way Down Town: The Rams are on a record pace for three-point shooting this season. Four Rams are shooting better than .400 from behind the arc this season. Vanessa Espinoza leads the team with 8-of-15 shooting for .533 from three-point range. Liz Kramer (.471), Sara Hunter (.448) and Molly Nohr (.429) are the other Rams who are shooting above .400 for the season.
On The Hunt: Sara Hunter is on pace to shoot .448 from three-point range for the season. If she were to continue on this pace, Hunter would finish with the best three-point shooting percentage ever by a freshman and second overall for a single season.
Blocked Out: Melissa Dennett recorded five blocks against Pepperdine. Dennett five swats tie her for second all-time. Only Teresa James has ever recorded more blocks in a single game. The all-time record for blocks in a game is 10 by James.
Home Sweet Home: The Rams are 33-6 under Coach Denker at Moby Arena. The Rams average 71.9 points per game at home compared to 61.1 on the road while allowing an average of 57.2 at home compared to 64.8 on the road.
Setting Career-Highs: Many career-high marks were set in the 82-57 win over UAB. Lindsay Thomas set her career-high in scoring with 20 points and tied her career-high mark with four blocked shots. Melissa Dennett grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. Vanessa Espinoza dished out a career-high nine assists.
Balanced Scoring: Colorado State continues the trend from the 2003-04 season with its balanced scoring attack. So far this season, Colorado State has had four different players lead them in scoring through six games. Not suprising, three of the four players are the top-three scorers from a year ago. Vanessa Espinoza, Melissa Dennett and Lindsay Thomas are all averaging in double figure scoring. Sara Hunter is the fourth player to lead the Rams in scoring.
100 Points Plus: Colorado State scored 108 points vs. Iona in the second game of the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational. It marks the first time since Dec. 28, 2002 vs. Stony Brook that the Rams have scored more than 100 points in a game.
Rams Picked Fourth: According to the Mountain West Conference coaches poll released on October 24 the Rams are predicted to finish fourth in the Mountain West this year. The Rams received 92 points. The team finished fourth in the Mountain West a year ago. 2003-2004 WNIT runner-up UNLV is picked to finish first, New Mexico was picked second and Utah was picked third.
Crashing The Glass: When Colorado State wins the battle on the boards, the Rams are 5-0. In the only loss this season at Notre Dame, Colorado State was even on the glass with the Irish.
Getting A Second Chance: Colorado State has cleaned up in its wins with second chance points. When the Rams win, they have outscored their opponents in second chance points 81-33. The Rams were outscored 10-0 in second chance points in their only loss at Notre Dame.
Juniors Scoring Together: Colorado State returns the top three scorers from a year ago in Vanessa Espinoza (12.9 ppg), Melissa Dennett (12.6 ppg) and Lindsay Thomas (12.0 ppg). When all three of the juniors have been in the game at the same time, the Rams have outscored their opponents 181-115 (+66) an average of 11.0 points per game. When one or more of the juniors are on the bench, Colorado State has outscored its opponents 269-228 (+41).