Nov. 16, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Colorado State women's basketball team set several career highs Saturday afternoon, taking the game, 92-77, over the Drake Bulldogs at Moby Arena.
With the win, the Rams improve to 2-1 on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-2.
Senior Alicia Nichols came off of Colorado State's bench and led the team with a career-high 22 points, adding three rebounds, one assist and one block. Nichols shot a phenomenal .769 field-goal percentage, converting 10 of her 13 attempts from the field.
The Rams' 92 points, 42 first-half points and 50 second-half points were all season highs. The team also recorded a season-high field goal percentage, .486, and three point percentage, .308. The Rams had three players reach double-figures by the end of the first half, and CSU finished the game with five players in double-digits for the second time this year.
"I thought we really dug in and had a great start to the second half defensively," commented Head Coach Ryun Williams. "It allowed us to settle in offensively. We got enough cushion to play relaxed and get some separation against a good team. That was a tough Midwest team right there."
The Rams outshot the Bulldogs from the field 57.6 percent to 40.7 percent during the game.
This is the second time this season that the Rams have had an 80-plus point game this season, and the Rams only had one game last season that ended with scoring above 80 points. Colorado State also tallied 28 assists as a team, a season-high.
Caitlin Duffy scored 16 points, a season-high, while also recording six rebounds and three assists. Junior AJ Newton added 16 points as well, a season-high, while also registering career highs in assists (seven), and in rebounds (eight).
Junior Gritt Ryder put up her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. This is the seventh time in program history that a double-double includes assists, and the first time since Nov. 16, 2001, when Colorado State's Elizabeth English scored 12 points and 10 assists. The 10 assists by Ryder marks a season-high, and was one short of her career high of 11. Her 12 points also ties a season-high.
Elin Gustavsson added 10 points for the Rams, three assists, and a career-high six rebounds. Senior Sam Martin and freshman Ellen Nystrom each added eight points to the total score, with Nystrom pulling down seven rebounds, adding three assists and two steals on the night.
In the first half of the game, the lead between Colorado State and Drake changed seven times, with the score being tied five times. In the second half of the game, Colorado State took charge and sprinted ahead of the Bulldogs, outscoring shooting them from the three-point line .667 percent, as opposed to Drake's .333 three-point field-goal percentage.
Colorado State added 50 points in the paint against the Bulldogs, which is the highest since the Rams played South Dakota Mines in Jan. 4 of last season. CSU's bench added 38 points, while Drake's bench totaled 28 points.
Colorado State embarks on the first leg of a four-game road stretch at Illinois State on Nov. 23. Tipoff vs. the Redbirds is scheduled for 3 p.m. MT.
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