Jan. 4, 2012
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Two crucial free throws and a late layup by Sam Martin gave Colorado State a two-point lead with 20 seconds left that it wouldn’t relinquish as the Rams defeated Bakersfield 65-63 at the Icardo Center Wednesday night.
CSU earned its first road win of the season and its first win since Dec. 11, improving to 4-10 on the year.
Sam Martin proved to be the game’s clutch player, totaling a game-high 21 points, shooting a .643 percentage, making nine field goals.
“We faced quite a bit of adversity with this game with fouls and just not looking very healthy out there,” said Head Coach Kristen Holt.” “But I thought (Sam) really gutted it out and mentally fought through it.”
Freshmen LaDeyah Forte and Kara Spotton scored career highs on the night. Forte tallied 15 points, topping her previous high of 10 just before the halftime buzzer. Spotton recorded 17 points, besting her previous score of nine.
“(LaDeyah and Kara) both were impressive, especially Kara. They took shots and battled on the boards. I don’t think we give LaDeyah enough credit and she deserves it.”
Colorado State played against a lineup of only seven players for Bakersfield. Five members from the Roadrunners (3-15) squad fell prey to knee injuries earlier this year, including three season-ending ACL injuries.
Tonight’s game featured the 10th different starting lineup so far this season for the Rams. It was Morgan Hunt’s first collegiate start, and it was also the first game since Feb. 2, 2010 that Kim Mestdagh did not start. She came off the bench in only two contests that year in her sophomore season.
The Rams played on the nation’s first blue basketball court this evening. The court is in its inaugural season as the ‘Runners installed it at the Icardo Center in the fall.
Colorado State will finish its non-conference slate with a road matchup at Seattle Sunday. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. MT.