Dec. 14, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- Extending its winning streak to three games at Moby Arena, the Colorado State women's basketball team fought past the South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers, 67-47, at Moby Arena on Saturday afternoon. CSU improves its record to 7-3 this season, while the game is marked as a mid-season exhibition matchup for the Divison-II Hardrockers.
In the first half, Colorado State led 38-29, being outrebounded by SD Mines 23-14. After being outshot from the field for the majority of the first-half of the game, the Rams ended the first half of the game shooting a 40.0 percent, while the Hardrockers ended the half shooting a 41.4 percent.
"Sam has been playing really well as of late; this is three games in a row where she has been really productive," commented Ryun Williams. "I thought she worked really hard out there and when she got the ball deep and could move quickly to the rim and not let the double get to her, she was pretty good."
The Rams came out strong in the second half of the game, after struggling to find their shot in the first half. At the end of the game, Colorado State outshot the Lady Hardrockers 36.4 percent to 35.8 percent, holding SD Mines to a 29.2 field-goal percentage in the second half of the game.
"We're a team that knows when to step up and we do it," junior Gritt Ryder stated. "We've had several close half time games and we end up winning. We want to be a first half team, we're going to work on that, but I never doubt it in the locker room. We know we're going to bring it because we all want to win."
Senior Alicia Nichols recorded three blocks for the Rams, while also adding 10 points, three assists, and three rebounds. The three blocks Nichols recorded ties her career high that was previously made against Denver also this season.
A tough Rams defense caused the Hardrockers to turnover the ball a total 19 times, while Colorado State turned the ball over just seven times. The Rams picked up 17 points of the 'Rockers giveaways.
For SD Mines, sophomore Devyn Asche and freshman Megan Rohrer tallied 10 points each by the half. In the second half, Colorado State was able to completely shut down Asche, and only allowed six points from Rohrer.
After being outrebounded 23-14 at the half, the Rams pulled down 26 rebounds in the second half, led by sophomore Caitlin Duffy who grabbed down eight rebounds. CSU outrebounded the Hardrockers 40-39.
Freshman Elin Gustavsson added eight points to the Rams total score, contributing five rebounds and three steals as well. Duffy added six points, one assist, and one steal.
"We got to get to our bench a little bit more tonight; that was a positive," praised Williams.
"We're growing every single game," commended Martin. "We're going to start trusting each other, we're going to start finding each other open shots and I think that's where we're really growing right now and continue to get better."
Up next, Colorado State closes out the year with a matchup vs. Weber State (4-4) on Dec. 22. Tipoff at Moby Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT.
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