Jan. 16, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A last-second deep three by LaDeyah Forte with 2:38 remaining all but eliminated any chance of an Air Force comeback Wednesday at Clune Arena. Colorado State rolled to its first road victory of the season, 64-44.
CSU’s win brings them back to .500 in the Mountain West with a 1-1 record. The Rams improve to 5-10 overall, while Air Force falls to 2-14 and 1-2 in the league.
Colorado State earned its lead early with a 15-3 run. Air Force, which has compiled 49 offensive rebounds in the last two games, grabbed three in the early goings; but before the Falcons had a chance to convert, CSU stole the ball away. The Rams registered five steals in the first 5 minutes, and finished 12 on the evening.
“We had some really nice possessions early,” commented Head Coach Ryun Williams. “I thought we were really disruptive, and we rebounded the ball well. It was comforting to our kids to get on the board first. We needed this today.”
Both teams were scoreless for 4 minutes to begin the second stanza. Senior Meghan Heimstra ended the drought with turnaround-layup on the right side. From that point on, the in-state rivals exchanged baskets for the better part of the final 20, but the Rams never lost sight of their two-digit lead.
Caitlin Duffy tallied her seventh game of the year in double-digits. She scored a game-high 18, making three from beyond the arc. Sam Martin and Forte joined her in double figures with 17 and 12 points, respectively.
Sophomore Kara Spotton made the first three-pointer of her career late in the first frame. She finished the night with seven points.
After missing 35 games due to a shoulder injury, the Rams welcomed Mandy Makeever to floor in the final minute of play. The redshirt sophomore had not played since Dec. 8, 2011.
“It’s really good to have (Makeever) back,” added Williams. “She can really help our team.”
The Rams tweaked their starting five from the last four games, substituting Heimstra in for Spotton and Thompson in for Forte. This was Heimstra’s first start eight games. She recorded seven rebounds and a team-high four steals.
Colorado will continue this two-game road stretch at UNLV on Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the contest will be live on CBS Sports Network.
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