Junior Alicia Nichols
Feb. 20, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo.—A first half lead gave Colorado State the momentum to take the game, 60-44, from UNLV at Moby Arena Wednesday evening.
The win puts the Rams (8-15, 5-6 MW) in a tie for fifth place in the Mountain West with New Mexico. CSU has now won two games in a row.
In the first half, Colorado State went on a 14-0 run before UNLV scored their first points nearly eight minutes to begin the game.
Junior Sam Martin led the Rams with 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a block, and a steal. Martin tied her career-high three-point shots made, sinking 4-of-7. The Colorado native is now just five blocks away from recording 100 career blocks.
Senior Meghan Heimstra hit 800 career points with 10 on the night, as well as two blocks, an assist and a steal. The lone senior recorded her first double-double of the season, pulling down 13 boards. This is the second time this season Heimstra has obtained double-digits on the glass.
Before meeting with Colorado State, UNLV (10-15, 6-6) senior Kelli Thompson, who is the Mountain West’s leading scorer, was averaging 24.8 points over the past five games. Thompson ended the night with 10 points, shooting 4-of-22 from the field.
"It’s a career high for me; attacking the glass, I was open for those threes,” Nichols stated. “Coach said to have confidence and shoot, so I did.”
Colorado State continues to show strong defensive talent, holding the Lady Rebels to 44 points, while the team averages 63.0 points per game.
“You can see their confidence growing and they know that we can play a lot better,” Head Coach Ryun Williams stated. “This could have been a 75-point performance tonight. That’s neat that our kids can say we can play a lot better. It feels good to win.”
The Rams will head to New Mexico Saturday evening to take on the Lobos (13-11, 5-6 MW). Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. MT.
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