Feb. 2, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. – The Cowgirls experience got the better of the Rams Saturday, as Colorado State fell to Wyoming at Arena Auditorium, 82-67.
The loss pits CSU’s record at 6-14 on the year and 2-5 in league play, while Wyoming improves to 17-4 and 6-2 in the Mountain West.
Colorado State opened the contest on an 8-0 run, fueled by three-pointers from Hayley Thompson and Sam Martin. The Rams led by as much as nine in the first half, but a skilled Cowgirl squad fought back, taking a one-point lead at the half.
“I thought that first half was maybe the best we played offensively,” commented Head Coach Ryun Williams. “That three-ball kept (Wyoming) in that first half.”
Both teams shot well in the first stanza, making over 45.0 percent of their shots. Wyoming continued the hot streak into the second half, shooting 53.8 percent, but the Rams cooled off, with a 34.6 conversion rate.
“You could see our inexperience show up a little bit in that second half, added Williams. “The positive thing is the kids are giving themselves opportunities.”
Martin tied her career-high with 30 points on the afternoon. It was her 13th game in double figures and her third over 20 this season. The junior moves up to the No. 16 spot in the CSU record book, with 1,044 career points.
Thompson and Caitlin Duffy registered 10 points apiece. It was Duffy’s 10th game in double figures and Thompson’s second-consecutive game with 10 or more.
CSU’s 37 first-half points, was the most the Rams have put up in a 20-minute period all season, aside from the game vs. Division-II South Dakota Mines.
Both Thompson and Alicia Nichols got into foul trouble midway through the second. Thompson fouled out in the last minute.
The Rams went with the same starting five from Wednesday’s game at Boise in Ladeyah Forte, Caitlin Duffy, Thompson, Martin and Meghan Heimstra.
Colorado State will be home for one game next week with a matchup vs. Nevada Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
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