The CSU womenâ€™s basketball team looks to snap its two game losing streak tonight against the Utes of Utah.
The Utes are 12-8 on the year with a 3-4 record in conference play, good enough for sixth place in the Mountain West Conference.
Tonightâ€™s game marks the end of the first half of the conference season for the Rams. A win would put them at .500 and into 6th place in the Mountain West.
â€œRealistically where this team is and where the conference is, I think thatâ€™s probably where we belong at this point,â€ CSU head coach Kristen Holt said.
CSU has struggled lately, losing their last two games by a combined 34 points. In those losses they committed 57 total turnovers, 35 alone against SDSU, which led to 55 points for the opposition.
â€œWe definitely need to decrease our turnovers,â€ junior guard Bonnie Barbee said.
Senior forward Kalee Whipple leads Utah in scoring with 16 points per game and ranks second in the conference behind CSUâ€™s Kim Mestdagh.
â€œWeâ€™re gonna try to keep our best defender on Whipple at all times and force her to shoot perimeter shots,â€ Holt said, â€œSheâ€™s good when she can get in the lane and penetrate.â€
Ute freshman Taryn Wicijowski is one of the top freshmen in the conference, leading all rookies in scoring at 13.9 points per game and is second with seven rebounds per contest.
After a rough road trip, the Rams are glad to return to the friendly confines of Moby Arena tonight, where they are 7-2 this season.
â€œWeâ€™re really excited to be back home and play on our home court,â€ sophomore forward Meghan Heimstra said, â€œand to just have fun with our crowd.â€
Utah boasts one of the top defenses in the conference, ranking first in the MWC and 19th nationally, allowing only 54.8 points per game. The Utes also only allow their opponents to shoot 35.3 percent from the field, tops in the MWC.
â€œTheyâ€™ve got smart players and they make good decisions and theyâ€™re in good position. I think thatâ€™s the main thing,â€ Holt said. â€œI donâ€™t think theyâ€™re the most athletic team in the conference, I donâ€™t think theyâ€™re necessarily the most talented team in the conference, but they just work well together.â€
Womenâ€™s Basketball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Game: CSU vs. Utah
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Moby Arena