Jan. 8, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- Off to its best start in 12 years, the Colorado State women's basketball team was able to keep its win streak alive with a 101-60 win over the San José State Spartans. The Rams are now 11-3 overall (3-0 Mountain West), while the Spartans fall to 6-8 (0-3 MW).
For the first time in Colorado State basketball history, men's or women's, freshman Ellen Nystromrecorded a triple-double with 11 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. Nystrom also added three blocks, the first three of this season, another career-high.
Playing against her former school did not phase junior transfer AJ Newton, as she registered 19 points in the first half alone, ending the night tying her career-high 22 points. Newton shot a career-high 6-of-7 from three-point range, averaging .857 percent from beyond the arc on the night, more than doubling her previous 30.3 percent shooting average. Newton also added five assists, three steals, and one block.
"We needed her that first half," Head Coach Ryun Williamsstated. "Gritt (Ryder) picked up those two fouls in the first half, and AJ had to play a lot of minutes. Everything she did was in the flow, it was very confident, and that's as good as a first half as we've had anybody in our program play."
Freshman Elin Gustavssonrecorded her first-career double-double for the Rams with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Gustavsson also had two assists and one block on the night. This is the second time this season that two Rams have recorded double-doubles in a single game.
Senior Sam Martinwas a perfect 5-for-5 on the night going into the half. She ended the game shooting seven-of-nine from the field. Martin recorded 16 points for the Rams, while also adding three rebounds, one assist and one block.
CSU outrebounded the Spartans on the glass, 60 to 39, a season high in boards for Colorado State. The Rams also set another season high with 31 assists on the night.
The Rams resilient defense caused SJSU to turn the ball over, giving Colorado State the opportunity to score 14 times. CSU put up 23 points off of turnovers alone, a season high.
"The energy was really good," Williams commended. "Our energy became contagious. Our bench came in and helped the energy, and it was nice to get those kids some really good minutes tonight."
Coming off the bench, senior Hayley Thompson scored a season-high eight points, adding three assists and five rebounds. Sophomore Caitlin Duffyadded nine points for the Rams, with one rebound and one steal.
In the first half of the game, Colorado State's starters combined for 49 of the Rams' 55 points, shooting 79 percent in the half. In the second half, the team scored 56 points, a season high.
Up next Colorado State heads to California Saturday in a battle to take sole possession of first place against the MW preseason-favorite Fresno State (9-5, 3-0 MW). Tipoff at the Save Mart Center is scheduled for 3 p.m. MT.
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