Feb 162010
 
Authors: Kyle Grabowski

After over a week of rest following their first win in five games, the CSU women’s basketball team starts things up again tonight against the BYU Cougars in Provo, Utah.

The Rams fell short earlier this year in Fort Collins, losing 67-58 in a game they trailed by as many as 19 during the second half. CSU has not defeated BYU since 2004 –– a losing streak spanning 13 games.

This year the Cougars are 16-6 overall and ranked second in the Mountain West Conference. Junior guard Mindy Bonham, a
graduate of Regis Jesuit High School in Centennial, leads BYU in scoring at 11.3 points per game as well as averaging four assists and 1.8 steals.

“They’ve got five or six kids that can put up big games scoring wise,” CSU head coach Kristen Holt said. “They’re smart; they’re a good defensive team; they don’t make a lot of mistakes. They’re in second place for a reason.”

The Cougars rank first in the conference and 31st nationally in scoring defense, allowing only 56.6 points per game.
Following a week without a game, the Rams are well-rested and ready to take on BYU.

“It was good for rest, but it was also good because we were really able to come out and practice and play hard,” junior guard Bonnie Barbee said.

CSU did not practice last Thursday or Friday, but continued to work out the rest of the week.

“We used our two days off and we enjoyed it a lot,” sophomore Kim Mestdagh said. “And then we got back to work getting ready for BYU.”

In order to simulate the length and athleticism of the Cougars, coach Holt enlisted a team of men for her team to scrimmage against during practice this week.

“I think they simulate quickness and certainly they’re bigger,” Holt said, “We like going against somebody else other than ourselves.”

For most of this year, CSU has struggled against teams in the top half of the conference, going 0-4 against TCU, BYU and Wyoming –– the top three teams in the MWC standings.

“We can’t take time off at all during the game because they’ll take advantage of that and it’ll be hard for us to come back,” Barbee said, “We have to focus on playing the full 40 minutes and not stopping.”

Tip off for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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