Nov. 18, 2009
By Amanda Nutting
Athletic Media Relations
DENVER, Colo. -- Sophomore Chatilla van Grinsven tied her career high of 18 points, while Kim Mestdagh and Bonnie Barbee also reached double figures with 17 and 11 points, respectively, but the Colorado State women’s basketball team fell 68-55 on Wednesday evening to the Denver Pioneers at Magness Arena.
After opening with quick back-to-back three-pointers and a jumper by Mestdagh, the Rams (2-1) jumped to a quick 8-0 lead before Kaetlyn Murdoch put the Pioneers on the board. Mestdagh recorded her third double-digit game of the season, with 12 of those points coming in the first half.
Mestdagh quickly found herself in foul trouble, however, committing two fouls and she sat for the second part of the first half. The Rams stuck with Denver, though, entering halftime with only a two-point deficit.
Despite a great effort from van Grinsven, who netted 12 points in the second half, the Rams failed to find their groove and only hit four field goals in the last 10 minutes of the game.
“They knew where we were in the second half,” said Mestdagh of the DU guards’ defense against her and Barbee. “We needed to follow our shots. Now we need to refocus, watch film and learn from our mistakes.”
Head Coach Kristen Holt said the Rams will correct their mistakes and move on.
“There’s a lot of things Denver exposed tonight that we will need to learn from,” said Holt. “They’re a good offensive team; they executed well. We seemed to be a step too slow.”
The Rams recorded a combined total of 15 steals from a handful of players who either matched or doubled their career highs.
CSU returns to Fort Collins to prepare for its first true road trip, a Sunday contest at Valparaiso. Tipoff is set for 12:30 p.m. MST and fans can catch all the action live on KIIX AM 1410 in Fort Collins, or via streaming audio subscription on CSURams.com/allaccess.