Jan. 27, 2013
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--Colorado State may have put the first points on the board, but Fresno State was quick to gain, and keep, the lead over the Rams. Colorado State lost, 69-58, Sunday afternoon at Moby Arena.
Early turnovers ignited a 17-0 run early in the first half. Colorado State (5-13, 1-4 MW) snapped the streak at the 12:23 mark in first frame. In the half, CSU turned the ball over 13 times, as opposed to the Bulldogs (13-6, 5-1 MW) five turnovers. On turnovers alone, Fresno State tallied 27 points throughout the game the most since the Rams played Tulsa on Dec. 8 who recorded 28 points.
In the second half, the Rams reduced their turnovers allowing only two for the half.
"Two turnovers in the second half and that's the same team that turned it over thirteen times it seemed like in the first six or seven minutes was the same team that turned the ball over twice in the second half," Head Coach Ryun Williams stated. "That's the team that we need to show up more consistently."
Sophomore Ladeyah Forte came off the bench and led the Rams with 12 points, a perfect six-for-six at the free-throw line, a career-high. Forte also tallied two assists and two rebounds.
Junior Alicia Nichols came off the bench and made every shot that she took, recording 10 points and an assist. Colorado State's bench scored 25 points. Freshman Caitlin Duffy scored 11 points, one rebound and one steal.
The Rams shot a season high free-throw percentage of .933 with senior Meghan Heimstra, Forte and Nichols all shot perfectly from the line.
Colorado State's tough defense caused Fresno State to tally four shot-clock violations.
The Rams shot a better percentage than the Bulldogs at.487, but they shot a season-low 39 field-goals.
"There's a ton to take away from this game," Nichols said. "Passing was one of our weaknesses at the beginning of the game, but our shooting percentages were much better. Personally this game helped us. There are always things to take from a game."
Colorado State will travel to Boise to take on Boise State Jan. 30. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
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