Feb. 23, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Second-half shooting woes were to blame in the loss at The Pit Saturday. Colorado State fell to the Lobos, 71-56.
The loss moves the Rams (9-16, 5-7 MW) to sixth place in the Mountain West. New Mexico (14-11, 6-6) moves to fourth place with the win and a UNLV loss to Wyoming.
A couple of early runs by either side gave CSU and UNM five- and six-point leads, respectively. The runs were quickly erased, and the teams were tied for the better part of the final 10 minutes. Two late threes, with under a minute remaining, by the Lobos’ Antiesha Brown gave the Rams a six-point deficit at the half.
The destruction continued in the second frame after the Rams cut the lead to five. New Mexico blew the game wide open on a 14-2 run midway through the second, and CSU would never recover.
“It was just New Mexico’s night, commented Head Coach Ryun Williams. “They made some shots that we probably a little uncharacteristic. Give them some credit. It was one of those nights.”
Freshman Caitlin Duffy tallied her 14th game in double figures on the year with 17 points. She tied her career high with four three pointers. Heimstra and Martin joined her with 11 and 12 points, each.
A respectable .440 team field-goal percentage in the first stanza, sunk to .261 in the second. After making her first three shots, Sam Martin lost her touch, missing her next 10 attempts from the field.
The Rams’ saving grace was the free-throw line. Colorado State made 15-of-17 from the charity stripe, including 14-of-15 in the final 20 minutes. Martin was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line.
New Mexico put on a three-point show in the first half, sinking eight. The Lobos, who average just four treys a game, converted nine on the night.
The Rams’ used the same starting five for the seventh-consecutive game in Ladeyah Forte, Caitlin Duffy, Hayley Thompson, Martin and Meghan Heimstra.
Colorado State will continue its road stretch into next week at Fresno State on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT.
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