The archrival Northern Colorado Bears (2-5) come into town to face off against the Colorado State womenâ€™s basketball team (4-2) tonight to mark the start of rivalry week for the Green and Gold.
After the Rams came into their own over Thanksgiving Break, they are riding a four-game winnings streak, but assure they are just focused on tonightâ€™s game.
â€œAll we want is a win tonight,â€ junior Kim Mestdagh said.
CSU dominated last weekend in the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational, outscoring its opponents 170-117 in wins over Texas Southern and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The wins were a confidence boost for a team that is playing much better basketball than it was three weeks ago.
The Rams came out with great energy in those two victories that extended the girlsâ€™ winning streak to four.
â€œWe need to keep the momentum going for tomorrowâ€™s game,â€ said true freshman Hayley Thompson.
Thompson did well offensively during the invitational, scoring double digits in both of the games. Calming her nerves and going back to playing her style of basketball seemed to be the key.
â€œI feel a lot more comfortable, relaxed and I started to play my game,â€ Thompson said.
Mestdagh carried the Rams, scoring 35 points on route to winning tournament MVP.
After finding her stroke last week, she feels confident her high level of play will continue.
â€œI feel really good. Before the South Dakota game I didnâ€™t feel really good about it, but Iâ€™m glad my shot is back,â€ Mestdagh said.
After starting the season 0-2, the Rams have bounced back, playing better in every aspect of the game. Blown assignments, turnovers and rebounds, which were a weakness early on, have come around and the team is playing at a higher level.
â€œWe have had great effort, really been executing and everyone is doing what they are supposed to,â€ Thompson said of the teamâ€™s turn around.
Last season, UNC beat the Rams in Greeley 65-56.
Tip off is set for 7 p.m. in Moby Arena and can be heard on AM 1410 KIIX.
After tonight, CSU will travel to Boulder to take on CU next Wednesday. The Rams, who have already defeated Denver, know bragging rights are on the line when rivalries come around, and they and are out to prove they are the best team in the state.
â€œWe want to beat all the teams in Colorado,â€ Mestdagh said.
Womenâ€™s Basketball Beat Reporter David De Besche can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.