Feb. 27, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. – Pitted against a well-disciplined Bulldog team, Colorado State cut a 21-point deficit to seven, but ran out of time. Fresno State defeated the Rams, 49-42, Wednesday at the Save Mart Center.
The loss keeps the Rams (9-17, 5-8 Mountain West) in the sixth-place spot in the conference standings. Fresno State improved to 19-8 overall and 11-3 in the MW, and remains second in the league.
“That’s a very poised, confident group,” commented Head Coach Ryun Williams. “They feed off of each other and they have great confidence in each other.”
Fresno State’s Rosie Moult was deadly from beyond the arc in the first half, making four threes. The senior single-handedly took over the lead midway through the first stanza, scoring 10 points on four consecutive treys, including one with a foul.
The Rams 14 first half points tied for the second-lowest mark in a half this season. The team suffered a five-and-a-half minute scoring drought in later stages of the frame, allowing the Bulldogs to increase their lead to double figures.
Taylor Varsho provided a spark for the Rams off the bench in the second. She tallied eight points, making two outside the three-point line.
“They competed," added Williams. "Varsho comes in and she competed. Taylor hit a couple of big threes, she drove the ball. That got us going a little bit. It was too little too late, though.”
Fresno State, which began its last meeting with the Rams on a 17-0 run, missed its first five shots. The Bulldogs converted their first shot at 15:49. The Bulldogs’ 49 points tied for their lowest tally all season, and was their lowest score in a win all year.
The Rams’ leading scorer was Sam Martin. The junior finished the night with 16 points, and recorded her 100th career block with three in the contest. She is now only the second player in the program's history to register 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks before her senior year.
was the team’s leading rebounder, with a season-high 10 off the glass.
Meghan Heimstra recorded five blocks on the night, her most since denying six vs. Montana State in the first game of the season.
CSU used the same starting five for the eighth consecutive contest in Ladeyah Forte, Caitlin Duffy, Hayley Thompson, Martin and Heimstra.
Colorado State will return home for its final two home games this season beginning Saturday vs. Boise State. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.