Nov. 11, 2012
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State Rams fell to the Montana State Bobcats 53-58 during their home opener Sunday afternoon at Moby Arena.
Montana State gets their first notch in the win column to begin the season 1-0, while CSU falls to 0-1 to begin this four-game home-stand.
The Rams did not score once for over 11 minutes during the first half of the game, allowing the Bobcats to go on a 21-0 run, until freshman Taylor Varsho made a clutch three-point shot with 2:51 remaining. The shot allowed Colorado State pick up slack and gain momentum that would carry over into the second half. CSU ended the first half behind Montana State 18-31.
"We didn't play up to our capabilities," junior Sam Martin noted. "He (Head coach Ryun Williams) came in and was intense and yelled, but then after that he was like, `We are here and we have to do this.' It got us going and it brought us up. I think we then came out and really showed that."
Colorado State picked up its momentum in the second half, taking the lead with three minutes left of the game before the Cats regained the lead and eventually took the game. CSU shot a 24 percent in the first half of the game, improving to 38.2 percent in the final half of the game.
"I thought the second half the kids battled," said head coach Ryun Williams. "We put ourselves in a position to win the basketball game. When the winning plays needed to be played and when those opportunities presented themselves, unfortunately we didn't make them. These kids put themselves in a position to win, and that's a start. That's a good thing for this group. Now we really have to start believing that we can win."
Varsho lead the Rams in scoring with 19 points and 10 rebounds, recording her first collegiate double-double for the 2012-13 season.
"You could ask anybody in those stands who plays the hardest and it's Taylor Varsho," commented Williams. "I'm really proud of the way she competed. We need everyone to play with that energy. We're not necessarily going to get the production every night, but that motor. That motor is a winning motor. And I need more of it."
Martin scored 14 points during the game adding a steal and seven rebounds, while sophomore Kara Spotton came off the bench helped the Rams with 10 points, six rebounds, and two steals.
Sophomore LaDeyah Forte added six points to the scoreboard, five assists, one steal, and two rebounds. Junior Alicia Nichols recorded two points and rebounds for the Rams, being a key defender in the second half of the game.
Both Colorado State and Montana State got off to a slow start in the first half with neither team scoring until 16:01 was left on the clock when the Rams put points on the board.
Senior Meghan Heimstra recorded six blocks against the Cats, a career high. Heimstra also added two points and a steal.
The Rams will look for revenge when the UNC Bears come to town on Tuesday Nov. 13th, at Moby Arena.Colorado State fell to the Bears during their last match up in 2011 when UNC beat the Rams 66-60. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p,.m. (MT).
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