Stifling Defense Not Enough at Colorado

Sara Hunter

Sara Hunter

Nov. 29, 2006

Final Stats

Despite holding the Buffaloes to 29.7 percent shooting, and outrebounding the larger Colorado team by a 54-38 margin, the Colorado State University women's basketball team was unable to pull out a victory over their rival Wednesday night in Boulder, Colo. The Rams are now 2-4 on the season, while Colorado improves to 5-2.

The Rams stifling defense held Colorado to an 0-for-10 in the games first 6 minutes, but Colorado State was only able to take a 4-0 lead during that stretch and was unable to hold on to it for long against the Buffaloes playing on their home court.

The team exchanged buckets and lead changes between the 13:45 and 12:28 marks of the first half before Colorado regained the lead at 7-6 with at that 12:28 mark. The Rams battled, but trailed by an eight point margin, 30-22 at the half.

Colorado began the second half in the same fashion, and following an 11-3 run by the Rams to start the second period, Colorado State tied the game at 33 with 13:35 left in the contest.

However, Colorado responded coming out of the media timeout with an 8-0 run of their own and regained the lead for the final time.

The Rams rallied and Kelly Jo Mullaney scored nine of the team's final 11 points, but it was not enough, as the Rams fell by a final of 56-51.

Mullaney again led the Rams in scoring, finishing the contest with 17 points and seven rebounds, becoming the only Ram player to score in double-figures in each of the team's first six contests. Molly Nohr, the only other Ram to accomplish the feat through five games, fouled out of the contest with only four points and four rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

Junior guard Sara Hunter also scored in double figures for Colorado State, tallying 13 rebounds, and freshman Emily Neal notched 10 points in 29 minutes off the bench for Colorado State.

 

 

Freshman Juanise Cornell led the Rams in rebounding in the contest, recording a career-most 13 boards, to help the Rams to a season-high 54 total rebounds.

Forward Jackie McFarland led the way for Colorado with 19 points in the contest, including 7-for-10 shooting from the freethrow line. The Buffaloes' second leading scorer entering the contest, Jasmina Ilic, was held to season lows with 2 points on 0-for-8 shooting, 0-for-5 from three-point range, while playing 18 minutes.

The Rams will look to rebound this weekend, facing off with another in-state rival, the Denver Pioneers at 2 p.m. from Moby Arena.

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