Feb. 4, 2012
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado State got off to a 10-0 start and never looked back as the Rams got a dominating road victory over the Falcons at Clune Arena, 77-39 Saturday afternoon.
It was the Rams (10-13, 6-2 MW) third win on the road this season. It was also the third time this season that CSU held its opponent to 25.0 percent or lower from the field. The Falcons (5-18, 0-8) were also victims of the Rams’ defense earlier this season at Moby Arena on Jan. 11, shooting only 18.6 percent.
“It’s great to have a really good win like this on the road,” commented Head Coach Kristen Holt. “We had too many turnovers, but when you consider the substitutions, I think overall we played a good game.”
The Rams tied their largest victory margin of 2011-12, winning by 38 points after beating Maryville by the same margin earlier in the year.
CSU held the Falcons scoreless for almost six minutes to begin the contest on a 10-0 run. The Rams later increased their lead to 29 on an 18-2 run to close out the first stanza. The team didn’t let up in the second, improving its lead to as many as 50 points.
LaDeyah Forte had an impressive afternoon with nine assists to only one turnover. Coming into today’s game Forte is second in the conference in assists and assists-to-turnover ratio.
Sam Martin was the Rams’ leading scorer with 20 points, including a perfect 7-7 from the line. Kim Mestdagh joined her in double figures with 18 points, including a flawless 6-6 from the charity stripe. The senior also tied a career high with eight assists.
Morgan Hunt tallied a career-high eight rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. She also scored a Mountain West best eight points.
Alicia Leipprandt, the Falcons leading scorer, was inactive in the past two contests, but entered the game at the 14 minute mark of the first half. She was held to five points. Katie Hilbig, who hasn’t played since Dec. 7, also entered the game during the first half, scoring four points on the day. Not a single player for the Falcons scored more than six points.
Colorado State and the rest of the Mountain West will have a bye week before play resumes on Feb. 11. The Rams host TCU in a “Pink Out” at Moby at 4:30 p.m. MST. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.