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Hunter nets 41 in triple-overtime thriller

Senior guard Sara Hunter

Senior guard Sara Hunter

Nov. 13, 2007

Final Stats

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -Senior guard Sara Hunter scored a career-high 41 points, but it was not enough as Colorado State (0-2) fell in triple overtime to San Francisco (1-1), 101-96. The Rams dropped the home-opener in front of 1,007 at Moby Arena.

"That game showed us what our team can do," commented Hunter.  "Everyone's heart was in it, we just need to come out on top next time. This team showed a lot of heart."

San Francisco took an early 8-2 lead with six points coming from Katie Mihalco, who had two of her four three-point field goals in the first two minutes. Rams head coach Jen Warden quickly called time-out to get CSU back on track. The team responded with a 9-0 run over the next 3:30 to take the lead. The Dons were able to tie the game twice in the first half but the Rams took a two-point lead, 36-34, at halftime. Hunter led all scorers with 11 points.

The Dons struck first in the second half with a jumper from Lisa Olden, but the Rams responded with a six-minute, 15-4 run, to take a 51-40 lead with 13 minutes remaining in regulation. However, the Dons answered as they went on a 17-7 run led by forward Dominique Carter, who scored nine during the stretch, to cut the Rams' lead to one, 58-57, with 2:30 left in the second half. Hunter and San Francisco's Heidi Heintz exchanged jumpers, then junior forward Britney Minor added a pair of free throws to give CSU a 62-59 lead with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. Mihalco sent the game to overtime with another three-pointer with 10 seconds left in the game. 

The first overtime saw both teams trading baskets. With 55 seconds remaining the Rams were down four, 75-71, when Hunter was able two score two free throws to bring the Rams within two. With 35 seconds left, sophomore Juanise Cornell stole the ball and with 11 seconds left Carine Reimink tied the game for the Rams. San Francisco guard Shay Rollins was unable to convert a pair of free throws with five seconds remaining, sending the game into a second overtime.

In the second overtime San Francisco again went ahead early and was up by seven with 1:56 remaining. However, Hunter once again answered the call with two three-pointers in the final minute of the period to tie the contest at 82. After a foul by CSU's Minor, Rollins went to the line again with a chance to win the game for the Dons but missed on the front end of a one-and-one, sending the game into a third overtime. 

The scoring went back and forth in the third overtime but San Francisco's Necolia Simmons proved to be too much on the block for the Rams as she scored nine points to lead the Dons to a win. Simmons had 15 of her 24 points in the overtimes and Heintz contributed 15 in the overtimes to finish with 23 points.

The Rams were led in scoring by Hunter with 41 points, 24 of which came from beyond the arc (8-for-20). Her eight three-pointers tied a CSU single-game record. 

"Sara was Sara tonight," commented Warden. "She did what her team needed her to do and that's what Sara Hunter does."

Freshman Elle Queen had 16 with 11 rebounds and junior Carine Reimink had 15 points with 10 rebounds. Cornell added 11 rebounds, nine in the second period and overtime. Kandy Beemer went 4-for-11 from three-point distance and had 14 total points.

Next up for the Rams is a road trip to face the UMKC Kangaroos. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CT/1 p.m. MT on Saturday at the Swinney Recreation Center in Kansas City, Mo. 





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