March 2, 2013
By Keeley Brown
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- Colorado State's phenomenal first half performance carried over throughout the rest of the game for a 72-60 win over Boise State Saturday afternoon at Moby Arena.
"I give our kids a ton of credit, they haven't thrown in the towel, they've never done that, they come to work, and they are coming out in each game and they responded to what happened in Fresno," Head Coach Ryun Williams stated. "Defensively, it was a nice job. Offensively, surely wasn't a clinic. They aren't just waiting for the season to get over, this group is grinding this thing out and for that I'm really proud."
At the half, Colorado State (10-17, 6-8 MW) led 37-29, senior Meghan Heimstra already had 14 points and five rebounds. CSU's 37 first-half points over Boise State (11-16, 4-10 MW), tied for the most the Rams have put up in a 20-minute period all season, aside from the game vs. Division-II South Dakota Mines. The Rams ended the half with all the momentum thanks to junior Alicia Nichols' huge block right at the buzzer.
Heimstra ended the game with a career-high 25 points. The senior also recorded nine rebounds, three blocks and three assists. She also recorded a career-high in field-goals made with 10.
"That was the best we've probably seen Meghan," Williams said. "She had a warrior-like mentality tonight. Megjan's playing like a senior that doesn't have many games left and that how she's played for the last five, six, seven games,. She's led us in the toughness category, she's getting to the foul line, and then just defensively, she's a nice force on that wing."
Junior Sam Martin recorded 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks while playing 29 minutes, the fewest time from any of the starters.
CSU had a season-low seven turnovers against Boise State. The last time Colorado State met up with Boise State the team recorded only eight turnovers. Colorado State recorded also 10 steals against the Broncos.
Junior Hayley Thompson grabbed down nine rebounds while also putting up seven points, two steals, and two assists.
CSU's 72 points is the most the Rams have put up this season, aside from the game vs. Division-II South Dakota Mines.
"If we can go into the conference with more wins under our belt, you got to go in there somehow with some confidence," Martin commented. "That was a big win for us to stay above Boise. It's going to be big against Wyoming and big against Nevada so we've got a bunch of big games left."
The Rams will remain at home Wednesday evening for a green-out against Wyoming. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. MT.
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