Oct. 28, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--The Colorado State women's basketball team triumphed over Colorado School of Mines, 95-47, in its first exhibition game of the season Monday night at Moby Arena.
Junior transfer AJ Newton led the Rams with 18 points and three assists, draining five three-point shots on the night, and freshman Elin Gustavsson added 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Freshman Ellen Nystrom put up 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, and three steals. "She (Nystrom) is a pretty special player," Head Coach Ryun Williams stated. "She started at the four for us tonight, but she plays point guard on her national team. That's a pretty neat weapon. We really started three point guards tonight with Gritt (Ryder), AJ (Newton) and Ellen. That allows you to play faster."
Senior Sam Martin, playing in her second collegiate game against her younger sister, sophomore Oredigger Courtney Martin, tallied nine points, adding a team-high seven rebounds and had one steal, block, and assist a piece.
The Rams played an impressive defensive game, allowing the Orediggers to shoot with just 27.4 percent accuracy in field goals. The tough defensive effort also caused CSM to turn the ball over 22 times throughout the game and tallying 33 points off of the Orediggers' turnovers. In last season's exhibition match up, Mines out-rebounded the Rams, 51-39. Tonight, Colorado State out-rebounded the Orediggers, 46-37.
Junior transfer Gritt Ryder added eight points for the Rams, while adding an impressive eight assists, five rebounds, and four steals.
With eight new players on the roster, the pressure was high for the Rams to flow well together as a team.
"These kids compete like crazy and if you have a bad couple of practices or games, somebody is going to get you," Williams said. "That's what I think is going to make this team improve as the year is going on."
Players coming off of CSU's bench added 29 points to the total score. Sophomore Caitlin Duffy added 15 points, sophomore Emily Johnson added six points, while freshman Stine Austgulen added four. Duffy also added six rebounds and one block.
"I liked the scoring that we got off the bench tonight," Williams praised. "Caitlin Duffy did a great job of coming in and making some threes; she was pretty aggressive going to the basket."
Colorado State has one more tune-up before the regular season begins on Friday vs. Black Hills State. Tipoff vs. the Yellow Jackets is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
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