Getting a win on the road while trying to snap a three-game losing streak is difficult enough, but doing so against a team with an all-conference post player makes the task even more daunting.
But that is exactly what CSU will try to do against Northern Colorado, and two-time Big Sky all-conference forward Lauren Oosdyke tonight.
The Rams have struggled at the beginning of the season, losing three straight games while posting a 1-5 record on the young season.
â€œIâ€™m sick of losing,â€ junior Meghan Heimstra said. â€œI think that weâ€™re better than the losses that weâ€™ve had, so weâ€™re looking for a win and weâ€™re hoping to get it and get off this streak.â€
The end of their losing streak will not come easily for the Rams however, with UNCâ€™s Oosdyke leading the team averaging 15.7 points per game while scoring in double-digits in five straight contests.
â€œI think her last couple of games sheâ€™s really shown her maturity,â€ UNC coach Jaime White said. â€œShe doesnâ€™t have to overextend herself, she just needs to do her things well and sheâ€™s been doing that.â€
In an effort to keep Oosdyke at bay, the Rams will have Heimstra guard the 5-11 forward, and do â€œsome different thingsâ€ as CSU coach Kristen Holt put it, with their post players defensively.
While the matchup is a challenge for the Rams, they do have a height advantage over UNC and will look to exploit that on the offensive end to get better quality shots.
â€œWeâ€™re trying to work for our size advantage,â€ Holt said. â€œWeâ€™re trying to work for the good shots, and get it to people where they are taking the shots that they want to take.â€
After struggling to mount a comeback in an 87-69 loss to Denver on Tuesday, the Rams have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get back on the court and find a rhythm offensively.
â€œWeâ€™re just going to play,â€ Heimstra said. â€œWeâ€™ll try to do inside-out with our post play, but if we donâ€™t have our post play, we have some good shooters out here, so itâ€™ll be hard to guard us.â€
Womenâ€™s Basketball Beat Reporter Andrew Schaller can be reached at email@example.com.
Who: CSU vs. Northern Colorado
When: Tonight at 7 p.m.
Where: Greeley, Colo.