The CSU womenâ€™s basketball team will look to snap its three game losing streak tomorrow as the group travels to Las Vegas to face UNLV.
The Rams are coming off a disappointing loss Wednesday night to TCU 61-53. CSU controlled most of the game leading all the way until nine minutes left.
The team will take the confidence of going toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the Mountain West Conference into Saturdayâ€™s match up.
â€œIt showed we can play with a second place team like them,â€ said freshman Sam Martin.
This three game losing streak is the longest of the season and the Rams need a win over the Runninâ€™ Rebels to stay in fourth place in the conference.
â€œWe are not controlling our destiny,â€ CSU coach Kristen Holt said. â€œIt is a very important game. We have to get a win.â€
Saturday will mark the second time these two teams will play each other. CSU won the first meeting this season 68-63 on the shoulders of a career night from junior Kim Mestdagh who lit up UNLV for 25 points.
Mestdagh had an off night against TCU, only scoring seven points but did have a career high seven assists in the loss.
Holt is not worried about her juniorâ€™s performance and knows that she will have a big game come Saturday.
â€œ(Mestdagh) carries a lot of what we do. Sheâ€™ll bounce back,â€ Holt said.
CSU is ranked second in free throw percentage and has used that as a strength throughout the season. But itâ€™s struggling to get to line in the last three games.
The Rams have only gotten to the line a combined 15 times in this losing streak, due to lack of aggressiveness and penetration to the basket.
â€œWeâ€™re a good free throw team, and thatâ€™s a big issue for us. We can score points there,â€ Holt said.
UNLV is coming in with its own six-game losing streak.
CSU feels it needs to get back to playing its type of high tempo, smart basketball against a UNLV team that felt robbed of a win previously this season.
â€œI think (UNLV) felt like they should have beaten us when they came here,â€ Holt said.
If the Rams are to sweep the season series against the Runninâ€™ Rebels, they know they will have to bring high-energy play to counter UNLVâ€™s aggressive press defense.
â€œWe need to bring that same energy into UNLV for 40 minutes,â€ Martin said.
Womenâ€™s basketball Beat Reporter David de Besche can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org._
Rams vs. UNLV
- When: Saturday at 4 p.m.
- Where: Las Vegas, Nev.
- Tune in: CSU Sports Network 1410 KIIX