Jan 222004
Authors: Joelle Milholm

The CSU women’s basketball team will play the second game of a

three-game road trip on Saturday when they take on San Diego


Prior to Thursday night’s matchup against UNLV, the Rams are

carrying a 10-5 overall record and are 1-1 in the Mountain West

Conference. San Diego State has not faired as well and possesses a

5-9 overall record and is 0-1 in the MWC. The Aztecs have played

multiple close games as they have lost seven games by less than 10


The Rams have been successful on the road thus far, going

undefeated in three games this season. With the San Diego State and

Wyoming away games coming up, CSU realizes the importance of

getting wins.

“We are looking to win. We are on a mission to win,” sophomore

guard Vanessa Espinoza said. “Last year we were terrible on the

road and we are looking to improve that.”

The Rams had an overall road record of 4-12 last season and

seven of those losses came against MWC opponents. The three-game

road trip marks the Rams’ first MWC action away from Moby Arena

this season.

San Diego State, whose only conference game was a road loss to

UNLV, will try and better its MWC record with the help of freshman

guard Michelle Elliot. Elliot averages 13.9 points and 2.5 assists

per contest.

The Aztecs will also count on the rebounding skills of forward

Ashlee Dunlop, who averages 10.1 rebounds per game.

“The thing that motivates me to get under there and get those

boards is that basically, I don’t want the other team to get them,”

Dunlop said. “It seems pretty simple, but I think it is my duty to

get the ball.”

San Diego State is in its second year under head coach Jim

Tomey, who is a former Aztec men’s team coach. Last season Tomey

led San Diego State to a 9-18 overall record and a 3-11 MWC record.

The team finished seventh in the conference.

The Rams, on the other hand, have had more success under their

second-year coach Chris Denker.

Denker has a 31-18 record with CSU and led the Rams to a 21-13

overall record and an 8-6 MWC record that was good enough for a

third place tie in 2002-03.

Dunlop, the 6-foot-1 sophomore, also averages 12.4 points per


Espinoza is the leading scorer for the Rams with a 12.3 average

but only by a fraction of a point. She is followed by senior

forward Joy Jenkins at 12.2, sophomore forward Melissa Dennett at

12.1 and sophomore forward Lindsay Thomas at 12 points.

After facing the Aztecs, the Rams travel to Wyoming to face the

Cowgirls Jan. 30.

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