Jan. 5, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- After fighting hard through each possession, the Colorado State women's basketball team defeated the New Mexico Lobos 62-50. In the second conference game of the season, the Rams improve to 10-3 on the year (2-0 MW), while the Lobos fall to 5-7 (0-1 MW).
Colorado State went into halftime on a 12-0 point run, with a 33-28 over the Lobos, after overcoming some first-half set backs. Senior Sam Martin was limited on the court due to foul trouble, but sophomore Emilie Hesseldalprovided relief. The Rams also gave the Lobos 10 points in the first half alone, due to seven turnovers.
"That (run) was really important," Martin commented. "We started off really well then let them come back and get the lead. Then we started pushing the ball and setting the tone for how we were going to play the second half. Just to get that lead during half time allowed us to keep going when we came back out."
Despite the foul trouble, Martin led the Rams with a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Colorado native tied her career high with six offensive rebounds, two steals, one block, and one assist.
Freshman Elin Gustavsson added 12 points for Colorado State, with five rebounds, and one steal, while freshman Ellen Nystromhelped the Rams offensively with 11 points, seven rebounds, added two assists and one steal.
Before today, the Lobos were ranked first in the Mountain West in rebounding margin, but Colorado State was able to out-rebound them 40 to 37.
The Rams held New Mexico's leading scorer, junior Antiesha Brown who averages 13.6 points per game, to 10 points.
"Everything we do defensively we do collectively," Williams noted. "I thought that we created a lot of good opportunities and created a lot of energy with how we started defensively building off of that."
Sophomore Caitlin Duffyadded 10 points for Colorado State, while adding six rebounds and two steals.
Colorado State wraps up a two-game homestand in the annual "Orange Out" game vs. MW newcomer San José State on Jan. 8. Tipoff at Moby Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
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