The best way to end a slump is to do it against a familiar foe â€“â€“ something the CSU womenâ€™s basketball team hopes to accomplish this weekend.
The Rams are riding a five-game losing streak heading into Saturdayâ€™s contest at home against in-state rival Air Force Academy.
CSU lost its fifth game in a row Wednesday night after falling to first-place BYU, 64-55. The loss to the Cougars was encouraging for the Rams, who felt they were a couple plays away from pulling the upset.
â€œWe only lost by nine to the No. 1 team. We had some good moments,,â€ junior Kim Mestdagh said.
Despite being frustrated with the loss to BYU, coach Kristen Holt was pleased with her teamâ€™s effort.
â€œOverall, itâ€™s an upbeat-positive for us. But can we duplicate that effort?â€ Holt said.
If the Rams are to end their skid on Saturday, they will need to play as a team and not just individuals as has been the case during the losing streak.
â€œWe have to come together as a team and get it done like wedid before we started losing,â€ Mestdagh said.
Getting back on track will mean beating a struggling Falcons team thatâ€™s coming off its own devastating loss, an 81-57 beating at the hands of Wyoming. The Falcons are still winless on the road, which bodes well for the home-standing Rams this
The Rams will have confidence going into the game with a victory over Air Force earlier this year, along with an impressive 8-4 record at Moby Arena on the season.
â€œWe are pretty confident, but that doesnâ€™t mean anything. We lost to New Mexico and UNLV the second time we played them,â€ sophomore Chantel Kennedy said.
Kennedy is coming off a career night against BYU where she put up 11 points while grabbing six rebounds and notching two assists along the way. The sophomore had a breakout game last month against the Falcons and will be counted on again come Saturday.
â€œShe has got to stay aggressive and stay confident,â€ Holt said.
The Rams have slipped to sixth place in the Mountain West but will look to get back on track before the upcoming conference tournament.
â€œIt would be big for us. It would give us momentum going into the conference tournament,â€ Kennedy said.
_Womenâ€™s basketball Beat Reporter David de Besche can be reached at email@example.com. _
Catch the game
- Tipoff: 2 p.m. at Moby Arena
- Rival: Air Force Academy
- Tickets: Go to www.csutix.com