March 15, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Colorado State arguably played its best game of the year Thursday at the Thomas & Mack Center, but an 11 minute scoring drought sealed the Rams’ fate. CSU fell to Wyoming, 60-58, in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Mountain West Basketball Tournament.
Leading by as much as 14 points, No. 6 CSU (11-19) suffered an 11-minute lull from 14:40 on in the second, and the No. 3 Cowgirls (24-6) took full advantage, with a 17-0 run, tying the contest at 49 all with just under 7 on the clock. The two teams then battled through four ties and three lead changes. Down by two, the last possession belonged to Colorado State with 18.4 seconds remaining. A bobbled pass down low to Sam Martin allowed Wyoming time to double-team her. She missed her layup attempt as time expired.
“I think our kids showed some pretty good poise all night in almost every situation, commented Head Coach Ryun Williams. “They took the lead a couple different times and we answered. I'm proud of how our kids answered and played with some poise down the stretch. Even that last eight seconds. I think we got a pretty good touch”
The Rams played a stellar first half, shooting 51.7 percent from the field, the second-highest percentage in a half against a MW foe this season. CSU also showed prowess on the defensive end of the court, holding Wyoming, which leads the league in field-goal percentage, to just 30.0 percent.
Even though the Cowgirls converted 11 shots from beyond the arc, with a 47.8 percent conversion rate, CSU held them to just 60 points, 11 below their average. It was the 17th time this season the Rams held an opponent to 60 or less.
Ladeyah Forte proved to be an offensive threat to the Cowgirls, tallying her fifth game of the year in double figures with 12 points. Sam Martin was the team’s leading scorer with 14, and senior Meghan Heimstra added 10 points and three blocks, finishing her run at CSU with 143 career denials.
Hayley Thompson found herself in foul trouble early and was forced to sit the bench for much of the first frame. She re-entered the game at the 4:32 mark, but picked up her third personal foul with just under two minutes before the halftime buzzer.
Freshman Caitlin Duffy was healthy again and back in the starting lineup for the Rams. She was joined by Forte, Thompson, Martin and Heimstra.
Fresno State (22-8) brought Boise State’s (11-19) season to a close, winning 72-55 Thursday. The Bulldogs will face Wyoming in the semifinals Friday. Tipoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. MT.
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