Women's basketball recap: Rams come up big vs. San Diego State
Feb. 25, 2012
By Cara Maio
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--The Colorado State women's basketball team won in the final minutes against San Diego State, 68-65, Saturday afternoon at Moby Arena.
The game went down to the final seconds as CSU (13-15, 9-4 Mountain West) and San Diego State (22-6, 11-2) both battled for the win. But Colorado State came out on top.
"It came down to who wanted it more," said senior Kim Mestdagh, after playing her last home game in a Rams uniform. "And we wanted it more."
Both teams came out firing from the gate, going back and forth to score a bucket. CSU got its first lead at the 11:49 mark, and then went on a 15-4 run to take advantage of the Aztecs' missed shots.
The Rams found their hot spot by junior Meghan Heimstra coming off of the bench and scoring 13 points in nine minutes. Mestdagh hit her first three-pointer with 7:27 to play in the first half to make the crowd go crazy.
"Kim's work ethic and what she's done with our program has made us every year," said Head Coach Kristen Holt.
Colorado State looked to be slowed down at the end of the half. San Diego State cut the Rams' lead from 13 to two. There was a lot of momentum to start the second half, just like the first half, with both teams taking turns to score.
"We belong here," said Heimstra. "It shows that we can play with these guys."
The Rams got their energy back when freshman LaDeyah Forte made a basket to give the Rams a 64-62 lead with 43 seconds to go. On San Diego State's ensuing possession, the Aztecs threw the ball away to give Colorado State the ball with 28 seconds left. The Rams kept their cool and came out with the win.
"We couldn't have asked for a better game," said Mestdagh.
Heimstra dominated the game by driving to the basket and making aggressive plays. She achieved a career-high 21 points, and was 8-for-9 from the free-throw line. She also had one block, two assists and four rebounds.
"Meghan was unbelievable today," said Holt. "Her energy was outstanding. She looked strong."
Mestdagh scored 16 points, going 2-for-6 behind the arc. She had six assists and four rebounds. Forte ended up with 10 points, three assists and five rebounds. Senior Kelly Hartig had six points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
With the win, CSU completed its home conference scheduled undefeated for the first time since the 2002-02 season.
"I just think that's awesome," said Holt. "Our fans do make a difference for us."
With the win, Holt notched her 50th victory at CSU, to become just the third Rams coach ever to reach 50 wins in four seasons or less. Former head coach Chris Denker achieved 50 wins in three seasons, and Tom Collen led the squad with former standout Becky Hammon to 50 wins in just two seasons at the helm.
"I'm thinking about our next win over UNLV," said Mestdagh.
The Rams are tied for second in the conference with UNLV and will play the Rebels in Las Vegas on Wednesday to determine who gets second place. Tip is set for 8 p.m. MT.