Rams host affiliate CSU-Pueblo Sunday

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FORT COLLINS, Colorado – For the first time since 1993, the Rams are hosting CSU Pueblo, a subsidiary of Colorado State University, for a first regular season matchup on Sunday at 12 noon MT at Moby Arena.

Even then, CSU Pueblo was then called the University of Southern Colorado. The institution officially took over the CSU part of its name in 2003, despite having been a member of the CSU system since 1985. The two schools have participated in several exhibitions, including in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2016 and most recently in 2019.

Sunday marks the Rams’ seventh home game (8-1) this season and aims to beat the Thunderwolves (7-1) for the CSU’s seventh 9-1 start in program history. The CSU student and athlete advisory board organized a toy campaign during the game, during which fans were asked to bring unpackaged toys to donate.

“Originally this was supposed to be an exhibition game but was moved to our schedule after Tulsa dropped us,” said head coach Ryun Williams said. “Since then, CSU Pueblo has played great basketball and is really going to challenge us. You beat the country number 1 for NCAA DII a couple of weeks ago. You have two DI transfers and have Big Sky reigning Player of the Year in the middle and their point guard is from the Florida Gulf Coast, the daughter of the head coach, so they have a lot of talent and are a real competition. “

The Thunderwolves were ranked sixth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with 15 teams, according to a coach survey. The T-Wolves, however, begin with a 7-1 start that included a win over NCAA DII’s top-ranked Lubbock Christian. JaNaiya Davis is the reigning RMAC Offensive Player of the Week after averaging 17.5 ppg last week, which got her into the CSU-P’s 1,000-point club. The award marked her second season and third T-Wolves overall standings when Alisha Davis received a weekly defensive nod.

RAMS NOTEBOOK

Last time off

• The Rams played what appeared to be their most complete game since the season opener, controlling Weber State in a 73:60 win on Wednesday night. The 13-point difference may not show that, but it does Upe Atosus trey on Summer third quarter to make it a 19-point lead. The CSU unloaded the bank in the fourth quarter with all 11 available players logging the minutes. For the first time since the start of the season, not a single Ram played more than 30 minutes. The start of their second 20 point scoring game was on McKenna courtyard sign with a team high of 23, while handing out five assists for her sixth game with at least that many team highs.

What should be considered in comparison to CSU Pueblo?

• CSU Scoring Defense (52.1; # 1 in MW) vs. CSU-P Scoring Offense (76.0; # 1 in RMAC)
• CSU rebounding margin (-3.8; # 8 in MW) vs. CSU-P rebounding margin (+8.3; # 4 in RMAC)
• CSU fouls with the fewest fouls (103; # 2 in MW) vs. CSU-P free throw att. (110; # 5 in the RMAC)
• CSU sales per game (9.5; # 1 in NCAA) vs. CSU-P steals / G (13.2, # 3 in RMAC)

Early defensive trends

• Outside of the Louisville game, the Rams kept all of their opponents at 60 points or less. In addition, seven opponents shot less than 35%. The CSU boasts the conference’s No. 1 scoring defense (53.0 ppg), which checks in at 28th place nationwide. The Rams are No. 1 in field goal defense (33.7%) for Mountain West, which is No. 22 in the NCAA. The 35 blocked shots are the second best in MW with Sydney Mechs 15 blocks also second in the conference.

Clamps for the fourth quarter

• Specifically, the Ram Defense pinches their opponents in the last quarter. Opponents are 43 out of 145 who shoot for a 29.7% clip in the last 10 minutes. Harvard was only 1 in 21. Only four schools took more than five admissions in the quarter, including; UTSA (6-17; 35.3%), UoL (5-13; .385), WSU (8-18, .444) and LU (9-17; .529).

Protect the rock better than ANYONE

• The Rams are runner-up in the NCAA on revenue per game at 9.9. The assist-to-turnover ratio of the CSU is also fifth in the country at 1.48. Last season, the CSU took second and fifth place in these two categories. This season, the Rams have had the same or fewer ball losses than their opponent in eight out of nine games. In addition, the CSU only has three games with double-digit sales (16 vs. Oral Roberts; 10 vs. Harvard; 13 vs. Weber State).

Murphy on the glass

• Although CSU has a negative rebounding margin and occupies eighth place in MW’s rebounding defense, Karly Murphy is third in the MW with 8.6 boards per game. Her 77 rebounds are second in the MW. She is well on the way to having 249 rebounds which would best ruin her career for one season. If she got any closer to that number, she would be flirting with the top 10 list, which starts at 248.

Off the line

• Last season, Ryun Williams‘Cadre finished 19th with 76.3%. The CSU continues where it left off: The CSU is 85 for 106 (80.2%) from the previous charity strike and is 10th in the NCAA. Karly Murphy is an almost perfect 18-out-of-20 while McKenna courtyard sign and Upe Atos have a collective 52 FTA with seven misses.

On the helmet

• Twice Mountain West Coach of the Year and the most successful coach in the history of the program, Ryun Williams begins his 10th season at the helm of Colorado State’s women’s basketball program in 2021-22. The CSU’s 5-0 start was the first since the 2000/01 season. Now 8-1, it’s the second straight start and the third time overall under Williams joining his best Ram squad – the 2015-16 team that reached 31-2 overall, won by MW straight away and went to NCAA tournament promotion.

Series history: Colorado State – CSU Pueblo

Overall: CSU leads 8-1
In Fort Collins: CSU, 5-0
In the pueblo: CSU, 3-0
Neutral: –
Current streak: CSU, 8
Most recently: CSU 106, CSUP 42 (1.4.93) at the CSU
Biggest CSU victory: 64
Biggest CSU defeat: 1
More about the matchup on p. 8 Game Notes

A weekend sweep in the state of Colorado would mean …

• The second 9-1 start for Ryun Williams (also ’15 -16) and seventh in program history. Williams would be the second coach to make multiple 9-1 starts. Other 9-1 starts: Greg Williams (’96 -97) and Tom Collen (’97 -98, ’98 -99, ’00 -01 and ’01 -02).

How to participate

Enclosed: game notes.
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