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LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Colorado State women's basketball team was unable to recover from a slow start at Wyoming, as the Rams fell to the Cowgirls, 56-49, from Arena Auditorium in the second Border War matchup of the season.
Each team started slow, as Wyoming led 5-4 with just under three minutes to go in the first quarter. The Cowgirls got their offense going from there, scoring the final seven points of the first quarter for a 12-4 lead. The Rams took the ball from the Cowgirls six times through the first quarter, but only shot 2-of-13 (.154) in the opening period.
From that 5-4 Wyoming advantage in the first quarter, the Cowgirls went on a 19-0 run. The Rams didn’t score again until the 4:07 mark in the second quarter, when senior forward Elin Gustavsson scored on a layup for the first of her 12 points to close the half. The Cowgirls held as large as a 20-point lead with 3:43 left in the first half, but the Rams were able to chip the deficit down to 30-16 at halftime.
CSU cut into the lead a little more in the third quarter, heading to the fourth down by 11 at 41-30. CSU trailed by as many as 13 with 4:03 to go. but the Rams went on a 7-1 run from there to cut the deficit to 49-42 with 2:28 to go. The two teams remained separated by seven points with 1:02 to go, before sophomore guard Sofie Tryggedsson and Wyoming’s Natalie Baker traded three free throws and two free throws, respectively, to make it a 53-47 game. However, the Rams could not close the gap any further, scoring only one final time in the last few seconds.
CSU outscored the Cowgirls 14-11 in the third quarter and 19-15 in the fourth quarter. The Rams shot 13-of-31 in the second half (.419), but only shot 20-of-55 (.364) for the game due to their slow start. Gustavsson led the Rams offensively with 14 points, while Tryggedsson finished with 12 points off the bench and senior guard Ellen Nystrom added 10 points.
IN THEIR WORDS
Colorado State head coach Ryun Williams
“We had seven shots at the rim in the first quarter, and that’s what we do (score only four points). That just tells me you weren’t ready to score the basketball. We had some really nice opportunities to start the game and you have to convert. In the first half, they had one more shot than we did. They just had seven or eight more makes. I thought we would play with a little more enthusiasm, especially playing everybody. I didn’t like that first half at all. If it’s 12-12 after one, it might be a different outcome. Four points is not going to do it.”
On the Rams’ defensive effort:
“We had some breakdowns and sometimes they found the right kids. Sometimes, maybe they found the right kids on our team that maybe have a hard time defending. It was good to play a lot of kids – it was good for them to get exposed a little bit. Now we can show them on film this is why we do what we do, and play who we play. I really liked the fight in the second half. We had a three here to maybe to cut it to four, but we just missed it.”
On the Rams’ upcoming Senior Night on Friday:
“It’s Ellen and Elln’s last game and I think our kids will be ready to play with some emotion and play with some energy. We need some people to come and support us. Those two kids have been outstanding in their careers here. Let’s send them off the right way and have the energy come from our crowd."
- Tuesday’s result snapped a seven-game win streak against Wyoming, dating back to 2014.
- With 14 points on Tuesday, Elin Gustavsson passed Janie Schieffelin for 11th on CSU’s all-time scoring list. Gustavsson now has 1,363 points for her career.
- With her two blocks on Tuesday, Gustavsson passed Angie Gorton for eighth on CSU’s all-time blocks list. Gustavsson has 69 blocks for her career.
- Myanne Hamm's start on Tuesday was the first of her career.
The Colorado State women’s basketball team concludes the regular season this Friday vs. the Nevada Wolf Pack from Moby Arena at 7 p.m. MT. Friday’s game is Senior Night, and fans are encouraged to attend and celebrate the careers of Elin Gustavsson and Ellen Nystrom, as well as the Rams’ fourth consecutive regular-season conference title.
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