Junior Sam Martin
Dec. 20, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- In a defensive struggle, Colorado State fell to University of Denver 50-48 Thursday night at Moby Arena.
The Rams (3-7) and Pioneers (5-6) both were off to a slow start, going into half-time 17-18, the
Rams trailling by one point. CSU shot a 27.8 percentage from the field on the night, being out-shot by the Pioneer's, who shot a 38.2 percent.
"Offensively, we just didn't make shots. We had a really poor night of shooting the ball from the three, and we missed a lot of easy shots around the rim," Head Coach Ryun Williams stated. "Our guards missed shots, our posts missed shots, and obviously, we needed a few more baskets. That would have really helped us."
Throughout the game, the lead changed eight times. Colorado State was holding on to a one-point lead with 4:18 left in the game, but lost it with 2:51 left and were unable to gain it back.
"We lost focus," junior Sam Martin commented. "That's when we have to be locked in the most and I
think we weren't locked in at that point. It comes down to a lot of different plays through the game."
Martin led the Rams, recording her ninth career double-double with 13 rebounds and 14 points, tying her career-high in rebounds for the third time. Martin also added two blocks and two steals.
Sophomore Kara Spotton came off the bench adding six points and two assists, running into foul trouble early on in the game. Spotton fouled out late in the final half. Spotton wasn't the only Ram to run into foul trouble. Freshman Caitlin Duffy tallying three fouls early on and Martin adding four.
"Foul trouble is going to happen and you have to learn how to play through it," stated Duffy.
Duffy recorded seven rebounds, a tying her career high, eight points and three steals.
"We need more kids to step up, and I know we are playing a lot of young kids, but you know we are 10 games into this thing and our kids are capable," Williams commented. "We have kids that are capable of producing more than then they are producing. Let's go home and take a break and clear our minds alittle bit and come back with some confidence hopefully and keep moving onward."
Colorado State will travel to Bronx, N.Y. this holiday season to play in the Fordham Holiday Classic on Dec. 29-30. The Rams will face Providence on Dec. 29, tipoff scheduled for 1 p.m. MT.
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