Jan. 4, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- The Colorado State women’s basketball team rushed past the South Dakota School of Mines Lady ‘Rockers, 97-53, Friday night at Moby Arena.
“I thought our kids came out with a lot of energy on both ends of the floor,” Head Coach Ryun Williams stated. “They came out with confidence. The energy was outstanding all night.”
The Rams (4-9) went into halftime leading 49-29, scoring the most points in a half since scoring 49 vs. San Jose State on Dec. 9, 2006. The Rams recorded a 44-point winning margin, the largest since a 13 point victory against Northern Colorado on Nov. 13, 2012. The Hardrockers fall to 9-6 in their second season at the Division-II level.
Junior Sam Martin led the Rams with a career-high 30 points, 20 of which came in the first half. She is the first player to hit 30 points since Kim Mestdagh scored 30 points against Tulsa on Nov. 17, 2011. Martin shot .867, converting 13-of-15, which ranks third all-time in CSU history. Martin was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine, and also recorded three assists.
“I think we just had fun as a team, our bench was into it and it’s fun when we get going like that which I think we can do most nights,” Martin commented. “I think that we can continue building on tonight and keep moving forward. I really do believe in this team, I think we all do.”
Sophomore Kara Spotton also recorded a career high with 19 points. Spotton tallied three blocks, three steals, another career-high, and two assists.
The Rams recorded 29 assists, the highest since 2004, ranking fourth all-time in CSU history. Sophomore LeDayah Forte recorded 11 assists, a career-high and the most by a Ram since 2004, with only one turnover.
With the win the Rams tied their non-conference season win record from 2011-12 with four victories. Colorado State recorded 54 points in the paint, 29 points off of turnovers, 18 second-chance points, 10 fast-break points, all of which were season highs. Tonight’s game was the first time this season that Colorado State has never trailed in a win.
Friday was the third consecutive game that the Rams started Martin, Spotton, Forte, Alicia Nichols, and Duffy. After six different line-up changes, the Rams may have found their groove with this starting five.
Despite a lower body injury, Meghan Heimstra played five minutes in her 100th career game this evening.
“Tonight we had a lot of kids have really good game performances. We moved the ball well,” Williams said. “Everything we do in practice is solution based, and our kids are taking that to heart. They’re learning.”
The Rams will host San Diego State at Moby Arena on Jan. 13. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the game. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT.
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