Nov. 28, 2010
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By Amanda Nutting
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Colorado State women's basketball team had four players score in double digits as the Rams defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 90-57, in the final game of the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational Sunday afternoon at Moby Arena.
The Rams (4-2) have extended their winning streak to four contests, their longest since 2005. The victory also marked the highest scoring regulation game the Rams have had since they defeated Tennessee-Martin, 95-49, in December of 2004.
In the opening minutes, CSU trailed the Islanders by two points. But back-to-back jump shots by true freshman Sam Martin gave the Rams a lead they refused to relinquish.
Martin had a solid performance and posted her first career double-double as she led the Rams with 25 points, and tied a team high 12 rebounds with junior Chatilla van Grinsven.
Van Grinsven, junior Kim Mestdagh and true freshman Hayley Thompson scored 18, 17 and 13 points, respectively. Van Grinsven and Mestdagh were named to the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational all-tournament team. Mestdagh was also named MVP of the tournament for the second year in a row.
The Rams put up impressive numbers offensively, but defense was the main factor in the victory for the Rams.
"I thought our defense was a lot better," Head Coach Kristen Holt said. The Rams committed only 12 turnovers and were able to steal the ball 10 times, converting five of those into points.
The win for the Rams marked the first time CSU strung together victories with a margin of 20 points or more since the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational in 2004. That year, the Rams defeated Iona (108-59) and Alabama-Birmingham (82-57).
Colorado State hopes to continue its winning streak as it prepares to host in-state rival Northern Colorado Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets are available during normal business hours at the McGraw Center box office, by calling 1-800/491-RAMS, or online at CSURams.com.