Dec. 17, 2006
The Colorado State University women's basketball team improved the 5-5 on the season with its third win in as many games, defeating Oklahoma Panhandle State (2-9), 76-64 on Sunday afternoon at Moby Arena.
The Rams were led by guards Kelly Jo Mullaney and Molly Nohr and center Marilyn Moulton. Mullaney, a freshman from Minneapolis, Minn. and the Mountain West's fourth-leading scorer, poured in 19 points, including a 4-for-7 performance from beyond the arc. Nohr, a senior from Moraga, Calif., netted 17 points of her own and recorded three rebounds, four assists and two steals in the contest. Moulton notched her second-consecutive double-double performance with 10 points and added to her conference-leading rebounding totals with a career-most 16 boards.
Freshman forward Raysha Ritter tied a career-high for the second-straight game with a nine-point effort, while junior Sara Hunter added eight points, all in the first half, to go along with four assists. Freshman forward Juanise Cornell made an impact on the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds, eight in the first half.
Sophomore transfer, Kelly Rae Finley, playing in her first game as a Ram, added seven points and five rebounds in just 13 minutes off of the bench.
The Rams opened up the contest by quickly taking a 4-0 lead on jumpers by Mullaney and Nohr in the game's first 30 seconds, but OPSU responded with the first-of-12 3-pointers to keep the game close. With the Rams ahead, 10-9, at the 15:56 mark of the first half, the Aggies began firing from long range, connecting on five 3-pointers in seven-scoring trips down the court to take a 25-16 advantage with just more than 11 minutes left in the first half. Following the OSPU's seventh first-half trey, the Rams found themselves trailing 36-25 with 6:32 remaining in the contest.
However, the Rams rallied, outscoring OPSU 13-1 for the remainder of the first half and taking a narrow 38-37 halftime-lead.
The lead teetered back and forth early in the second half, before a 10-0 Rams' run gave CSU and eight point lead, 63-55 with 6:01 left in the contest. Clutch free throw shooting down the stretch helped to preserve the Rams' victory. Seniors Nohr and Moulton each hit a pair of free throws with under five minutes to play and freshman Raysha Ritter added two more with just over a minute remaining to give the Rams the 76-64 victory.
Guard Megan Hamilton netted 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting from three-point range to lead the Aggies. Guard Alisha Sladek added 15 points of her own and Nina Kuleff added 14 points and 15 rebounds in the contest.
Next up, the Rams travel to Storrs, Conn. to take on the No. 6/6-ranked UConn on Thursday, Dec. 21. The Rams and Huskies will tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET from Gampel Pavilion. The game can be heard on the Colorado State Sports Network by tuning in to 600 AM KCOL in Fort Collins or 560 AM KLZ in Denver.