Dec. 1, 2012
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – A slow start and poor shooting early by Colorado State permitted Bowling Green State to win its second game of the season, 71-49, Saturday afternoon at the Stroh Center.
BGSU improved to 4-3 on the season, while CSU fell to 2-4. The Rams are 0-2 midway through their four-game road trip.
“I thought Bowling Green was really, really good,” commented Head Coach Ryun Williams. “They just absolutely knocked us out in the first round, and our kids were on their heels the rest of the way. We didn’t come ready to play in those first six or seven minutes.”
The Falcons opened the game with four consecutive three-pointers and set their lead at 16 before the Rams made their first field-goal at the 11:06 mark in the first half. CSU shot just 21.1 percent in the first period.
The second half showed some promise for the Rams as the team doubled its score in the first seven minutes, less than half the time it took from the first period. CSU improved its field-goal percentage to .438 in the final stanza, but the first 20 minutes proved too costly for the Rams to overcome.
This was the fourth game this season that the Rams shot below .200 from beyond the arc, with a .136 percentage from three-point land.
Meghan Heimstra earned the 100th block of her career late in the first stanza. She becomes just the fourth player in CSU history to accomplish such a feat, joining Rams’ greats Teresa James, Shannon Strecker and Melissa Dennett in the century club.
Freshman Caitlin Duffy was the leading scorer for CSU with 15 points. Sam Martin paced the Rams on the boards with five.
Late in the game Heimstra went down hard on the court. She left the game with a head injury and would not return.
Morgan Hunt came in to game late for her first action this season. She notched two points in four minutes.
“We’ll gain some value out of this,” added Williams. “We’ll take the positives and try to get better. Let’s face it. Nobody’s won a spot (on this team). Right now we can’t step on the floor and just count on something. Right now we can’t win any position. We got to find something that can at least win us a couple of positions and we’ll be alright.”
The Rams used another starting combination this afternoon with LaDeyah Forte, Heimstra, Martin, Taylor Varsho and Alicia Nichols. This is the third variation CSU has brought out to the court this season.
Colorado State will continue its road series closer to home with an in-state rival matchup at Colorado Wednesday, Dec. 5.