Feb. 22, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Another Colorado State slow start proved too much to overcome Saturday, as the Rams fell to the Cowgirls, 75-49 at Arena Auditorium.
Held to its lowest score of the season, the Rams fall to 13-2 in the Mountain West with a 21-5 record overall, while Wyoming improves to 18-7 and 9-5 in the league. With the Boise State (15-10, 10-4 MW) win at UNLV this afternoon, CSU needs to win just one more game to clinch at least a share of the title.
"You can't shoot it the way we shot it on the road and expect to win," commented Head Coach Ryun Williams. "I thought the big key was the start of that second half. We got tired. I credit their start to that second half. They were awesome. I just think we were out of sync from the get-go. I just seemed that way. That's rare for this bunch."
The Rams began the game as they have the past two contests, slow to score, shooting 11 percent in the early goings. Wyoming's Marquelle Dent got off to a hot start, with all of the Cowgirls first 12 points. She would tally a career-high 24 by the end of the day.
Early turnovers from errant passes further prohibited the Rams from scoring initially. CSU recorded six giveaways by the midway point of the first frame, but regained control in the latter stages of the half. The team finished right on its season average of 12 as time expired.
Freshman Ellen Nystrom was a dominant presence on the court, especially early on, with 12 points and eight rebounds on the day. She was the first to double figures, followed by fellow Swede Elin Gustavsson with a team-high 16.
Wyoming's Kayla Woodward was deadly from deep, with four three-pointers in the contest. The forward made two consecutive shots from beyond the arc about five minutes into the half that set the pace for the rest of the game.
Colorado State is back home on Wednesday for a matchup vs. UNLV (10-16, 7-7 MW). Tipoff at Moby Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
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