The CSU womenâ€™s basketball team looks to extend its two game winning streak Saturday afternoon against the New Mexico Lobos.
Following Wednesday nightâ€™s thriller in Las Vegas, the Rams sit at 10-7, good for sixth place in the Mountain West Conference.
In beating UNLV, CSU won its second straight road game, which was the first time it had won consecutive contests away from Moby Arena this season.
â€œIt helps us a lot because we havenâ€™t been doing good on the road,â€ said freshman guard Chantel Kennedy. â€œThose two wins are big for us.â€
During Saturdayâ€™s game Kennedy may be sporting a black eye after taking an elbow late in the win at UNLV.
â€œI was going in for a rebound, and I got elbowed on my way down, and I tried to get the steal at the same time,â€ she said. â€œNone of it worked out.â€
The Rams enter Saturdayâ€™s game having lost their past two home match ups after opening the season with six consecutive victories inside Moby Arena.
â€œBoth games were games we couldâ€™ve won,â€ said sophomore forward Kim Mestdagh. â€œSo it puts an extra pressure on us. Weâ€™ll use it in a good way. Itâ€™ll give us energy.â€
Energy has been a big buzzword for coach Kristen Holtâ€™s team thus far, as it has been cited for spurring the team to wins as well as a lack of energy being blamed for losses.
New Mexico has won the last 13 games in the series with CSUâ€™s last victory coming Feb. 5, 2004 in Fort Collins.
â€œTheyâ€™re an established team in this conference and have been for many years,â€ Holt said of the Lobos. â€œAny time you can beat a New Mexico team, I think thatâ€™s a feather in your cap.â€
This season the Lobos are 11-6 and have won three out of their last four. Senior guard Amy Beggin is the motor that makes their offense go, leading the team with 13.8 points per game and 62 total assists.
â€œShe really runs that team well,â€ Holt said. â€œSheâ€™s always a threat, and weâ€™re gonna always have to have somebody on her and to make her life miserable.â€
CSU hasnâ€™t won more than two consecutive games this season since winning three straight in late November. A victory tomorrow would give the Rams three consecutive conference victories for the first time since they won four straight in 2001-02.
â€œWe sure want to give the fans at home a win,â€ Mestdagh said.
Womenâ€™s Basketball beat reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at email@example.com.