Feb. 29, 2012
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Colorado State couldn’t find its shot from the very beginning of the contest Wednesday night, falling at the Cox Pavilion 53-48.
With the loss, the Rams will have the third seed in the conference tournament, finishing the regular season 13-16 overall with a 9-5 record in league play. UNLV takes the No. 2 seed with the win, finishing its regular season 22-8 overall and 10-4 in the Mountain West.
“We missed some shots we normally make,” commented Head Coach Kristen Holt. “We couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. Our offense was just out of sync. If Sam didn’t carry us, we might’ve been blown out. I think we tried and we didn’t give up, but we let it get to us when things didn’t go our way.”
Both teams started out cold, shooting below 25.0 percent through the first 13 minutes of play. UNLV found its shot before the Rams, going on a 12-2 run and the Rebels increased their percentage to .357 by the end of the half, while CSU finished with .276.
Colorado State scored just 18 points in the first stanza, its lowest tally in the first 20 minutes this season, and the lowest in either half since Jan. 8 at Seattle.
Sophomore Sam Martin led the team on both sides of the court with a double-double. She tied a career-high 28 points and recorded 11 rebounds. It was Martin’s third double-double of the season.
MW Player of the Year candidate, Kim Mestdagh, was held to just three points, converting on just one of 10 attempts from three-point range.
Freshman Alana Cesarz, who was 0-9 from beyond the arc this season, hit her first three-pointer of the year three quarters through the second half, giving the Rebels their largest lead of the night with 13 points at the six minute mark. Kelli Thompson, one of the four seniors honored this evening, tallied 21 points, while fellow senior Jamie Smith pulled down 11 boards.
The Rams will return to Las Vegas for the Conoco Mountain West Basketball Tournament next week to play Boise State at 9:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday in the final game of the day. Both the first and second rounds of the tournament will be televised on The Mtn.