Women's basketball recap: Rams fall to tough Minnesota defense

Caitlin Duffy

Caitlin Duffy

Nov. 30, 2013

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HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The Colorado State women's basketball team fell to Minnesota in the second game of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Warrior Showdown Saturday, 79-55.

CSU suffers its first loss away from Moby Arena this year and falls to 4-2 on the season. Minnesota improves its record to 7-1.

The 55 points scored for CSU was a season-low, while the Golden Gopher's 79 was a season-high for opponent points against in regulation.

"Their posts didn't want to come out and play on that three-point line," commented Head Coach Ryun Williams. "We got good looks, we got good looks at the rim. We had some easy layups that we just didn't convert. We had some really good looks at that three-point line."

The Rams shot well below their season average of 43.7 percent from the field, converting just 31.7 percent, a season-low. A large-sized Gopher defense prohibited most penetration by the Rams, who were force to settle for threes. Six of CSU's eight baskets were from beyond the arc in the first stanza. The team attempted 22 three-point shots in the first 20 minutes of play, and 39 on the afternoon, crushing the previous season-high of 28.

"To beat a really good team like Minnesota, you have to shoot. That's the great equalizer when you play team that's taller, more physical, more athletic. The kids got looks. You have to convert. You have to step up and perform and make some plays."

Caitlin Duffy tallied her sixth consecutive game in double figures with 17 points, a season-high. AJ Newton was the Rams' next highest scorer, with nine points.

The Gopher's Rachel Banham, who scored 36 points in Friday's game vs. Chattanooga, registered 25 as the game's leading scorer.



After redshirting last year because of knee injury, Hanne Mestdagh saw her first action since Feb. 29, 2012, checking in at the 7:36 mark of the second half. She played 8 minutes, burying a three in the final minutes. Freshman Stine Austgulen made her first appearance in a Colorado State uniform as well, playing in the final 3 minutes of the game. She also converted on a three-pointer as time expired.

The Rams' final game in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Warrior Showdown will be vs. Chattanooga (4-2) on Sunday at 3 p.m. MT. The Mocs fell to Minnesota Friday in the opening round, 63-62, and will play Hawai'i this evening before meeting up with CSU tomorrow.



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