Dec. 5, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--In a battle to the finish, the Colorado State women's basketball team came out victorious over the Loyola Marymount Lions, 70-68. The Rams (5-3, 0-0 MW) led the game 70-68 with 3.5 seconds left on the clock, when the Lions (1-7, 0-0 WCC) responded with a layup in the final seconds of the shot clock, which was reviewed as no good by the referees.
"LMU was pretty energetic tonight," Head Coach Ryun Williams commended tonight. "All we needed as one more free throw, and we're not in those situations. With each close game, we're going to get better, and they're handling each game better."
In the first half of the game, Colorado State was down 25-33 against the Lions. From the field, the Rams were outshot 35.5 to 46.4 percent. Colorado State was able to keep their turnovers down, though, only giving the ball away six times, as opposed to the Lions' 12 turnovers in the first half of the game. Off of those turnovers, the Rams were able to gain 14 points.
"Our shots did start falling, but we started to play more as a team," senior Sam Martin commented. "The first half we went a little individualized; it's still early on in the year and we're going to get better at that, but in the second half we regrouped and played together as a team and that's what really got us going."
Coming out of the half, Colorado State picked up the pace of play tremendously, going on an 11-0 run in the first few minutes of play. In the second half of the game, the Rams improved their field-goal percentage immensely, shooting 55.2 percent.
Martin continued to show her senior leadership as she led the Rams with 20 points, a season high. The 6-2 forward pulled down five rebounds and added four assists. With Martin's massive effort in the paint, Colorado State was able to put up 32 points in the paint, while the Lions had 24 points.
"She did a nice job on the block in the second half," Williams praised. "When we needed a senior to step up, a senior stepped up tonight."
Freshman Ellen Nystrom added 14 points to the Rams final score. Nystrom's layup in the final seconds of the game, followed by a made free-throw shot by sophomore Caitlin Duffy, iced the win for the Rams. Nystrom added four rebounds and four assists.
Junior AJ Newton also added double-digit scoring figures to the Rams total score, putting up 13 points on the night, while also adding four assists and three rebounds. Duffy added seven points for the Rams, as well as five rebounds and one assist.
So far in the 2013-14 season, this is the fifth game the Rams have played that has been decided by five points or less, and Colorado State is now 3-2 in those games.
In last season's game against Loyola Marymount, Colorado State dug a hole too deep to crawl out in Los Angeles, falling 69-52.
Loyola Marymount's largest lead throughout the game was 13 points, tying the Rams largest deficit in a win so far this season.
Colorado State travels one hour south for its final road trip of 2013 to Denver on Sunday. Tipoff at Magness Arena is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT.
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