Feb. 13, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - San Diego State got the better of the Rams Wednesday, defeating the Rams, 60-44 at Viejas Arena.
Colorado State falls to 7-15 overall, with a 3-6 record in league play, while SDSU improves to 18-5 and 9-1 in the Mountain West.
CSU played a solid 10 minutes to begin the game, leading by as many as four points, but the first-place San Diego State Aztecs had an answer. They spent the next five minutes on a 16-0 run, transferring the lead to their favor, 31-18.
"I thought our start was going to be crucial tonight, commented Head Coach Ryun Williams. "They made a couple of plays early, but our kids responded. We won the first four minutes. We won the second four minutes. That was nice to see, but we missed some opportunities too."
Colorado State responded early in the second stanza on a 9-0 run, cutting the Aztecs lead to just one point with 12:55 remaining. San Diego State then countered with an 8-0 run, and CSU could never recover.
Meghan Heimstra tallied her fourth game of the year in double figures with 15 points, and Caitlin Duffy joined her, with 13. Sam Martin recorded her third game of the year in double figures on the defensive end, with 13 rebounds, tying a career high.
"Duffy had to earn those 15 points," added Williams. "To beat good teams on the road, you've got to score. Everyone plays well at home. We held them well below their average."
Heimstra was also impressive on the glass, registering seven on the night before fouling out with 2:20 left to play.
SDSU's Chelsea Hopkins, who averages 16.3 points per game in league play, was held to just 11. The Aztecs 60 points were the lowest they've scored since the first round at CSU.
The Rams' starting five were Ladeyah Forte, Caitlin Duffy, Hayley Thompson, Sam Martin and Meghan Heimstra. This was the fourth consecutive game those five we're on the court for tipoff.
Colorado State will head back home for Saturday's Play4Kay matchup vs. Air Force. The Pink Out game is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT.
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