Nov. 28, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Colorado State dug a hole too deep to crawl out of at Loyola Marymount Wednesday night. The Rams began their four-game road series with a 69-52 loss to the Lions.
CSU falls below .500 at 2-3 this season, while LMU improves to 5-3 on the year. The Lions remain perfect, 4-0 at home at the Gersten Pavilion.
The Rams got off to a rough and sloppy start, committing ¬¬12 turnovers before scoring any points from the field. Sophomore LaDeyah Forte struggled to run the floor for the early part of the first half, committing half of the team's giveaways in the early goings. Despite great defensive plays by Amber Makeever, Kara Spotton and Sam Martin, the Rams couldn't turn it around until the midway point in the first half on a layup from Spotton.
The Rams were finally able to regain focus from the point guard position, but to no avail, as the Lions were quick to the ball. They stripped it from CSU 17 times, accounting for 73.9 percent of the Rams' turnovers.
"I thought we played really tentative," commented Head Coach Ryun Williams. "You saw some kids that were really overwhelmed with their quickness. I thought our kids did a good just staying in that game early, but we missed some bunnies inside and some good looks at the three-point line. We just couldn't get back into it."
CSU continued to struggle from beyond the arc this season, shooting 3-23 on the evening. It was the lowest percentage on the year (.130), rivaling the .150 percentage vs. Montana State on Nov. 11.
Junior transfer Alicia Nichols pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, best her previous high of four vs. Northern Colorado 15 days ago.
Meghan Heimstra had a strong second half for CSU, nearing double-double territory with 12 points and eight boards. Sam Martin was held scoreless until she hit a couple of free throws at the 7:14 mark in the second half. She was 0-for-2 on the evening.
"Meghan was the one kid that competed and didn't act overwhelmed," added Williams. "That was good to see. She competed how we needed to tonight. That needs to be a collective effort."
Despite her turnovers, Forte had a solid game from the field. She tallied 11 points, hitting 4-4 from the charity stripe.
The Rams started the game with a different lineup from the first four games. Amber Makeever and Nichols joined Forte, Heimstra and Martin.
Colorado State will fly over the Rocky Mountains to Bowling Green, Ohio, Thursday. The Rams will take on the Falcons (3-3) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. MT.
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