Feb 172011
Authors: David de Besche

The CSU women’s basketball team will look to snap its three game losing streak tomorrow as the group travels to Las Vegas to face UNLV.

The Rams are coming off a disappointing loss Wednesday night to TCU 61-53. CSU controlled most of the game leading all the way until nine minutes left.

The team will take the confidence of going toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the Mountain West Conference into Saturday’s match up.

“It showed we can play with a second place team like them,” said freshman Sam Martin.

This three game losing streak is the longest of the season and the Rams need a win over the Runnin’ Rebels to stay in fourth place in the conference.

“We are not controlling our destiny,” CSU coach Kristen Holt said. “It is a very important game. We have to get a win.”

Saturday will mark the second time these two teams will play each other. CSU won the first meeting this season 68-63 on the shoulders of a career night from junior Kim Mestdagh who lit up UNLV for 25 points.

Mestdagh had an off night against TCU, only scoring seven points but did have a career high seven assists in the loss.

Holt is not worried about her junior’s performance and knows that she will have a big game come Saturday.

“(Mestdagh) carries a lot of what we do. She’ll bounce back,” Holt said.

CSU is ranked second in free throw percentage and has used that as a strength throughout the season. But it’s struggling to get to line in the last three games.

The Rams have only gotten to the line a combined 15 times in this losing streak, due to lack of aggressiveness and penetration to the basket.

“We’re a good free throw team, and that’s a big issue for us. We can score points there,” Holt said.

UNLV is coming in with its own six-game losing streak.

CSU feels it needs to get back to playing its type of high tempo, smart basketball against a UNLV team that felt robbed of a win previously this season.

“I think (UNLV) felt like they should have beaten us when they came here,” Holt said.

If the Rams are to sweep the season series against the Runnin’ Rebels, they know they will have to bring high-energy play to counter UNLV’s aggressive press defense.

“We need to bring that same energy into UNLV for 40 minutes,” Martin said.
Women’s basketball Beat Reporter David de Besche can be reached at sports@collegian.com._

Rams vs. UNLV

  • When: Saturday at 4 p.m.
  • Where: Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Tune in: CSU Sports Network 1410 KIIX
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