Feb. 6, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- A late surge by Nevada was denied by Colorado State's accuracy from the free-throw line. CSU won, 59-50, over Nevada on Wednesday evening at Moby Arena.
Colorado State (7-14, 3-5 MW) exchanged baskets with the Wolf Pack (6-15, 1-7 MW) at the beginning of the game until the Rams went on a 15-4 run with 6:30 left on the clock in the first half, claiming the lead until the end of the game.
In the first half, Colorado State shot a .414 field-goal percentage. In the second half of the game, the Rams field-goal percentage dropped significantly, shooting .261. CSU gutted out the second half of the game, playing strong defense to help obtain the victory.
"It's nice to get a win," Head Coach Ryun Williams stated. "There were a lot of swings in that basketball game. I thought the first half was pretty solid."
Senior Meghan Heimstra tallied nine points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and four steals. With 11 rebounds, Heimstra has now surpassed the 600 career-rebound mark. She recorded a career-high seven offensive rebounds.
"I think that we played a little bit more as a team than in the second half," Heimstra noted. "We held it together, made some good shots, and we made the plays that we needed to make to win the game."
"I thought Meghan was really good early with her start and her energy," Williams praised. "Offensively, she was aggressive. We saw the type of athlete Meghan can be when she's healthy and fresh."
Freshman Caitlin Duffy led the Rams with 17 points, four assists, four steals and a block. Duffy recorded a career high in steals, playing all 40 minutes of the game. The freshman guard also recorded a career-high 10 free-throws made.
With her seven rebounds on the night, junior Sam Martin is now the fifth player in CSU history to record 1000 points and 500 rebounds in their junior season. Martin finished with seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal.
"I knew it was coming, but you don't go in thinking how many you could score or how many rebounds you're going to get," Martin said of her accomplishment. "You go out there and play and that's what I did."
Junior Alicia Nichols tallied 11 points coming off the bench, tying her career-high. Nichols also added two assists and two rebounds. Junior Hayley Thompson also played all 40 minutes of the game, recording nine points, seven boards, two assists and three steals.
"If we continue to grow offensively, I think we can be a tough team to beat," Williams noted. "It's a fun team to coach right now. They're responding, and were doing a lot of good things out there. It was another great experience for our kids, and to get a win out of it was surely nice."
Colorado State will have a bye this weekend before traveling to San Diego State on Feb. 13. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT.
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