Feb. 2, 2011
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The game was undecided all the way down to the final seconds, but it was free throws again that sealed the win for the Rams over the Aztecs at Viejas Arena, 56-51, Wednesday night.
It was the third win in a row for the Rams (12-9, 5-3 MWC) and their fifth victory in conference play, tying their win total from last season. The Rams hadn’t beaten San Diego State since 2007, and it was their first victory in San Diego since February 2006. The team solidified a fourth place ranking through the first half of league play.
Seven team fouls to only one SDSU (8-12, 2-6) foul early in the second half allowed the Aztecs to take a one-point lead with 13:43 remaining. The teams exchanged baskets for the next 9.5 minutes with eight lead changes. Chantel Kennedy then hit two layups in a row to maintain a lead in the final minutes.
San Diego State fouled the Rams until they were in the double bonus, and Meixandra Porter sank both free throws. Seconds later made two more to ice the win.
“We had a lot of calls against us out there on the floor,” said Head Coach Kristen Holt. “Just for our kids to stay in the game when the foul count was 8:1 speaks a lot about our character.”
The Rams got off to a fast start, scoring seven points before the Aztecs made their first field goal. Junior Kim Mestdagh fueled the Rams scoring with 17 points through the first 13 minutes of the contest. She finished the night with 22 points, five rebounds and five steals.
Freshman Sam Martin was a victim of the referee’s whistle, playing the majority of the second half with four fouls. She managed to record 12 points, however, hitting six of her eight field-goal attempts.
“We executed our game plan and as the game went along we saw some things that they were doing, and we were prepared for it,” said Holt. “It shows the growth that we’ve made. This team is fun to coach. It’s the way they’re playing. They are absolutely putting everything out here and not leaving anything out on the floor.”
Colorado State will return home to host the Wyoming Cowgirls in a Pink Zone game for the second installment of this season’s Border War. Tipoff will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Moby Arena.