Feb. 18, 2012
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
LARAMIE, Wyo. - A desperation three-pointer with the shot clock winding down in overtime allowed Wyoming to pull away for the 66-62 win at the Arena Auditorium Saturday.
The Rams (12-14, 8-3 MW) remain in second place in the league, but have now lost 10 games in a row in Laramie. Wyoming improves to 11-13 and 7-4 in the Mountain West.
"Our defense had a lot of holes to it," commented Head Coach Kristen Holt. "I thought we had some grit and we were fighting through it, but we didn't come out today with the same energy (we've had in past). When things didn't go our way, we didn't respond well. We were hard to coach today."
Kelly Hartig continued her hot streak, scoring double-digits for the second consecutive time. She finished with a team-high 17 on the afternoon. Sam Martin found her shot again, scoring 15 points of her own.
The Cowgirls shot only 35.3 percent, but the team made 24 free throws off of a season-high 25 CSU fouls. Wyoming also tallied 21 second-chance points off 14 offensive boards. Comparatively, CSU had just seven offensive rebounds, scoring eight points.
Down by four with 2:49 on the clock, the Rams came back on two very important steals by Kelly Hartig and Kim Mestdagh. Both Sam Martin and Mestdagh hit each of their free throws on the other end of the court, giving CSU a two-point lead. A missed layup by Chaudra Sewell from Wyoming with 18.2 seconds forced the Cowgirls to foul. Hayley Thompson hit the back end of her two shots from the charity stripe, but Sewell made up for her missed shot earlier, making her first three-pointer of the year with just 4.1 seconds on the clock, sending the game to overtime.
The game continued to go back-and-forth until Ashley Sickles banked in last-second three-pointer at 1:29 in the overtime period. After that, time ran out on the Rams, who were unable to come back before time expired.
By the 13:08 mark of the second half, every CSU player had at least one foul. Heimstra received her fourth five minutes into the stanza and fouled out at 8:49. Mestdagh recorded her fourth with 8:16 on the clock and fouled out with 28.2 seconds to play.
Kim Mestdagh, who has scored double figures in 11 consecutive contests, was held to just two points with Cowgirls' guard Kaitlyn Mileto defending her tightly for the entire game.
The Rams will finish up a two-game road stint Wednesday at The Pit in New Mexico. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. MT.