Nov. 1, 2012
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State women's basketball team began their season with a 61-48 exhibition victory over the Colorado School of Mines Thursday night at Moby Arena. This is Head Coach Ryun Williams's first win with Colorado State.
"I thought we were a little timid and cautious early on. We let Mines dictate offensively, which shouldn't have been the case tonight," Head Coach Ryun Williams stated. "I think we had two really nice runs in each half, built the lead, and started playing comfortably."
Junior Sam Martin led the team with 16 points. Martin and freshman Taylor Varsho tallied 11 rebounds during the game, with junior Hayley Thompson, senior Meghan Heimstra, and sophomore LaDeyah Forte followed with three rebounds apiece.
"In practice, that's basically what they preach," said freshman Taylor Varsho. "I worked really hard to get to the boards all the time and that's what they count on me doing out there."
"Varsho played well, a lot of determination, and eleven rebounds... That was solid," said Williams.
Martin enters the season as a two time all-conference selection. With 16 points and 11 rebounds, Sam Martin recorded a double-double. "It's always nice to start on a good note," Martin commented.
Sophomore LaDeyah Forte comes into the season ranked second in assist-to-turnover ratio in the MW in her rookie year. Against the Orediggers Forte totaled four steals, Heimstra with three, and Thompson, junior Kara Spotton, and junior Alicia Nichols each tallied an individual steal. The Ram's ended the game with 50 percent more steals than the Orediggers.
Forte also finished the 2011-12 season ranking second on the team with assists, finishing the season with 3.5 assists per game. She recorded 10 assists against the Orediggers tying with her career high against Tulsa last year. "It's about finding the open man at the right time," Forte stated.
Defensively the Rams allowed the Orediggers to shoot with just 28.1 percent accuracy in field goals. "(Coach Williams) talks about defense every day in practice, that's our main focus. So our defense creates our offense. That's where we need to focus on and get better at," stated Forte.
The Orediggers out-rebounded the Rams 51-39. "We had a little rough start, but it was our first game," said Martin. "We are going to have to grow and utilize our height."
"I think you saw a lot of our inconsistency and our lack of rhythm. We just got to get used to playing with each other. The kids were in the right spots for the most part," commented Williams. "We're a work in progress."
Up next the Rams will host Montana State in the regular-season opener on Nov. 11.
"Tonight we were able to get glimpses of what we're going to be like," said Martin. "We've got the jitters out and now when we play Montana State we'll be ready. We'll be good to go."
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