Feb. 16, 2013
By Keeley Brown
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--The Rams smart defense and pristine free-throw shooting lead them to a 67-60 victory over the Air Force Falcons, Saturday afternoon at Moby Arena.
"We needed to get that win out," Head Coach Ryun Williams commented. "You could sense the fatigue coming back from San Diego State, get home early, we were concerned. This is an emotional game for them. When you throw in emotion and some anxiousness, I thought our kids were really anxious early. This is why I think some of why we missed some of that early stuff. "
Senior Meghan Heimstra scored a season-high 20 points, while also tallying eight rebounds, three steals and one assist. Heimstra went 10-of-11 at the line, recording a career-high in made free throws, making the last two clutch free-throws with just seconds left in the game to put the Rams at a comfortable lead.
"My free-throw percentage wasn't very good at the start of the season, I don't know why I like to turn it on during conference but I do," Heimstra said. "You just have to take a little break, catch your breath and make the shot."
CSU (8-15, 4-6 MW) went into the half 32-18. The Falcons (3-21, 2-9 MW) came back and played physically in the second half of the game, making the Rams work for each basket and causing 10 of their 14 turnovers in the final 20 minutes of play.
Falcon's senior guard Alicia Leipprandt lead her team with 16 points, six rebounds and three steals before fouling out with just minutes left in the game.
From the line Colorado State shot phenomenally, making 86.7 percent (26) of their 30 attempts, as opposed to the Falcons who made 50.0 percent of their shots from the line.
Junior Sam Martin added 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a steal. With 1,071 career points, she is now just eight points away from entering the top 15 in all-time points at Colorado State. Freshman Caitlin Duffy recorded 10 points, one rebound, two assists and two steals.
Junior Hayley Thompson recorded eight rebounds and eight points to help the Rams secure the win.
With the win, and New Mexico's win over Boise State, CSU is all alone in sixth place with a chance to move into a tie for fifth place with the Lobos on Wednesday.
"Depending on what happens tonight, we could be in fifth place when UNLV comes," Williams stated. "We're going to have to handle their athleticism and the pressure that they have on the basketball. We'll be ready for UNLV; it'll be a big game for us."
The Rams will remain at home on Wednesday Feb. 20 when the UNLV Rebels come to town. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
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