Dec. 21, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore. - Junior guard Kandy Beemer exploded for seven 3-pointers and a career-best 23 points, but second-half foul trouble dashed the Rams' chances at their first road win of the season, as Colorado State dropped a 71-56 decision at the University of Portland on Friday evening.
Beemer shot 67 percent from the field, including 7-for-10 from 3-point range to lead the Rams and post her first-career 20-point scoring game, to go along with four rebounds and one steal in the contest.
After battling through some early game turnovers, the Rams posted an impressive start, thanks to the efforts of Beemer and junior forward Carine Reimink, who combined to score Colorado State's first 15 points of the contest.
Following a 7-2 Colorado State run to begin the game, Portland captured its first lead of the contest with an 8-0 run of its own to take a 10-7 advantage at the 14-minute mark. Reimink ended the Pilots' run with a layup at 13:33 and following a 3-pointer by Portland's Laiken Dollente, Beemer hit her second of the game to keep the Rams within one point, 13-12.
Beemer scored three of the Rams' next four field goals to keep the Rams in the contest, and sophomore forward Juanise Cornell dropped in two first-half buckets, the second with 5:35 remaining in the half, to give the Rams a 27-26 lead.
Dollente, who led the Pilots with 21 points in the contest, tied the game at the free-throw line just 20 seconds later and regained the Pilots' lead with a 3-pointer with just more than a minute remaining before halftime.
Senior guard Sara Hunter, the Rams' leading scorer on the season, notched her first bucket of the contest as time expired to send the Rams into the locker room trailing 30-29.
Beemer began the second half, just as she had the first half, tying the game at 32 points with a 3-pointer just more than a minute into the second half. Portland then embarked on an 11-2 run to push the lead to nine points, 43-34, before a Beemer 3-pointer snapped the run.
However, the Rams soon found themselves in foul trouble, and Portland was in the bonus, just eight minutes into the second half. Four consecutive free throws sparked an 8-0 Portland run, and the lead was pushed to 15 points, 56-41, with just nine minutes left in the game.
The Rams' defense, which had forced seven first-half turnovers by the Pilots, was unable to duplicate that effort in the second half. The Pilots committed just three turnovers, keeping the Rams from cutting into their double-digit lead, eventually securing the 71-65 victory.
Colorado State will return from its two-game road swing and the players and coaches will take a break for the Christmas holiday, before returning to the court on Dec. 29 for a matchup with the New Mexico State Aggies. The game, which will be the first half of a doubleheader with the CSU men's basketball team, will begin at 4 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on The Mtn.