The CSUâ€™s womenâ€™s basketball team looks to snap itâ€™s three-game losing streak Saturday at 2 p.m. in Laramie against the Wyoming Cowgirls.
In their first meeting this season, the Cowgirls escaped Fort Collins with a 64-61 win after sophomore Kim Mestdaghâ€™s turnaround three-pointer wouldnâ€™t fall at the buzzer.
Wyoming is 13-7 this season, posting a 7-1 record at home.
The Cowgirls are fifth overall in Mountain West standings with a 4-4 record within the conference. They rank second in the conference in scoring at 68.6 points per game as well as first in three-point shooting, hitting 39 percent of their attempts. No single player dominates Wyomingâ€™s scoring; they have had four different leading scorers this season.
Junior Hilary Carlson, junior Aburey Vandiver, and sophomore Emma Langford all average double figures for Wyoming.
After a heartbreaking loss last time out against Utah, the Rams enjoyed a solid day of practice Thursday and worked on some of their issues that plagued them.
â€œIn the beginning of the game we need to maintain focus,â€ junior guard Zoi Simmons said. â€œWe have to go out there and know that we can win.â€
In the loss to the Utes, CSU only grabbed 12 offensive rebounds and 28 rebounds total.
â€œOur effort stats have to improve and I think thatâ€™s one of them,â€ head coach Kristen Holt said.
Saturdayâ€™s game opens the second half of conference play for CSU. In the first half they compiled a 3-5 record with two of those wins coming away from the friendly confines of Moby Arena.
â€œWe hope that we can defend our home court as much as possible,â€ Holt said of the second half of the conference season, â€œThat isnâ€™t going to be easy to do, but it would be good to pick up a couple of home wins and maybe get a couple road victories.â€
In their previous meeting this season, CSU guard Kim Mestdagh struggled, only putting up eight points and shooting a woeful 25 percent from the field.
â€œPersonally, I need to keep doing what I did last game (against Utah), mix it up more on offense, keep playing defense, and be aggressive,â€ Mestdagh said.
â€œAs a team we just gotta improve from last game; you know, turnovers. Go there tall and strong and give everything they got.â€
Womenâ€™s Basketball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.