Jan. 23, 2013
By Keeley Brown
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Rams dug themselves a hole midway through the second half of the game, and the deficit was too much to overcome. Colorado State fell to the New Mexico, 68-54, Wednesday evening at Moby Arena.
CSU is now 5-12, and 1-3 in conference play tying with Air Force. The Lobos advance to 10-7, and 2-2 in the Mountain West.
Colorado State kept within a 10-point deficit of the Lobos until the middle of the second half, when the Lobos went on an 11-0 run, creating a 15-point advantage. UNM maintained the lead for the remainder of the game.
"They were pretty tenacious on the glass," Head Coach Ryun Williams said. "They're quicker and athletic and stronger. They won too many battles. We just don't match up physically with these teams right now."
New Mexico out-rebounded the Rams 46 to 24, with 19 of those on the offensive glass, where the Rams were only able to bring down three o-boards. The Lobos were able to score 21 points off of rebounds as opposed to the Rams two.
"Rebounding is a team effort; we all have to box out or go to the guards," junior Sam Martin commented. "We didn't do that tonight, that's pretty apparent. That's something you have to do, you have to finish the play. We beat ourselves up in that category. It's going to be something that we're going to work on in practice. "
Martin led the Rams with 16 points, four rebounds, two blocks, one steal, and an assist. This was Martin's second consecutive game with 16 points or higher.
Senior Meghan Heimstra recorded her 111th block of her career, putting her at the No. 2 spot all-time in career blocks. In addition to three blocks, Heimstra recorded seven rebounds, six points, one steal and one assist.
Tonight's game was sophomore Mandy Makeever's first start since Dec. 4, 2011, due to a shoulder injury. Makeever tallied nine points, two rebounds, an assist and one steal.
"I'm a little rusty," Makeever said. "I haven't played since last year, but I'm trying to do everything I can to help our team succeed. I'm happy to be back."
"She is a nice piece for us," Williams commented on Makeever. "She gives us a very savvy guard play, who can shoot it, and that's only going to get better. You saw her attacking and getting to the rim, finishing with contact. Those are all positive things. It was nice having her out there tonight. It's time to get her out there and help us."
Freshman Caitlin Duffy recorded nine points, three rebounds and five assists. Sophomore LaDeyah Forte came off the bench and added eight points, two assists and one rebound. She shot a perfect 3-of-3 from the field.
The Rams defense was able to hold Lobos top-scorer Caroline Durbin, who averages 12.6 points per contest, at nine points.
The Rams will remain at home on Sunday, Dec. 27, as they host Fresno State. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
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