March 8, 2012
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Down by three, CSU had a chance with 40 ticks on the clock, but senior Kim Mestdagh was stripped of the ball and Boise State’s Heather Pilcher ran down the court for the layup. The Rams fell to the Broncos, 68-63.
Despite Colorado State’s foul trouble and .286 shooting percentage in the second half, the Rams were within one point with just over six minutes on the clock. Boise State’s Lauren Lenhardt led a Broncos late charge giving them a six-point advantage. CSU came to within three, but were unable to regain the lead.
“I thought their pressure was very strong, commented Head Coach Kristen Holt. “You know, my team has had really a problem at times of getting frantic.”
With the loss, the Rams finish their season 13-17. This is the third year that Colorado State hasn’t gotten past the first game in the MW tournament.
Post players Sam Martin and Kelly Hartig both had four fouls with 16 minutes left in the contest, forcing them to find room on the bench. Kara Spotton and Morgan Hunt stepped in for their teammates, playing a large portion of the final stanza.
The Rams had 18 points off the bench. Both Meghan Heimstra and Hayley Thompson tallied double figures. Heimstra had 12 while Thompson had a career night with 15 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.
Holt was proud of her team this season.
“I think we just really hit some milestones this year by being undefeated at home. We finished third in our conference. We just didn't play well today. Tournament time, it's a matter of making plays, both offensively and defensively. Boise State was very good today and they made more good plays than we did.
“But Kim obviously is one of the best players to ever play at CSU. I'm very proud of what she's done. And Hayley had a tremendous game tonight with 15 points and 10 rebounds.”
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