Feb. 12, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Colorado State made history Wednesday night at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, earning its eighth consecutive win in the midst of Mountain West play, the longest streak for the Rams in league action in the 14 year history of the conference. Utah State fell victim to the Rams' wrath, 100-75.
Overall, the streak matches CSU's (19-4, 11-1 MW) best since the 2000-01 campaign, which was also the last time the team scored 100 points twice in one season. The Rams' 19th win on the year is the most victories for Colorado State in 11 years, while the team still has six regular-season games to play. Their 11th Mountain West win is the most in 12 years, and its CSU's eighth road win, the most in 15 years.
The Rams opened the game on an explosive 14-0 run led by Sam Martin, who put down a quick seven points. From that point on the entire offense was clicking, with two more leading scorers for CSU before anyone on the team reached 10 points.
"They started out in man, and Sam (Martin) was really good early, and she needed to be," commented Head Coach Ryun Williams. "We challenged Sam to be good early. She dominated. Whenever they went man, our motion was really good with a lot of kids. It was quite a performance by our kids offensively. Shot the lights out early and got off to really good start in the second half (as well)."
CSU made 14 shots from beyond the arc, which before Feb. 1 would have tied the school record, but today it ranks second all-time in the record book. The Rams have made 11 threes or more in six games this year, which all make the top 15 best performance list.
Colorado State saw five players reach double figures for the third time this season, and it happened before the midway point of the second half. The Rams were again able to call upon their reserves for some quality time on the court towards the end of the contest.
Gritt Ryder was one of those leading scorers, with 17 points by the halftime buzzer. She was a perfect 4-4 on her first attempts from deep, and the Denmark native buried her fifth three-pointer with 1 second on the clock, sending the Rams into the locker room with 57 first-half points, the most the team has scored in one stanza all season. She ended the night with a team-high 19 points.
Freshman Ellen Nystrom was a powerful presence on the court, corralling rebounds, getting deflections and drawing fouls. She tallied 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting, and a team-high seven assists on the evening.
Caitlin Duffy was firing from all corners of the court with 15 points, while Sam Martin got to the line a for a season-best seven attempts, converting six, totaling 18 points, while grabbing 10 rebounds for her third double-double on the year. AJ Newton rounded out the five in double-digits with 13 points.
CSU has now outscored opponents in its past four games by 150 points, or an average margin of 37.5 points per game. The Rams lead the conference in scoring margin.
Colorado State is back home this weekend for a rematch against preseason favorite, Fresno State. Tipoff on Saturday is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT at Moby Arena.
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