Dec. 22, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Overcoming a rough first half, the Colorado State women's basketball team took the game over in the finals minutes, defeating Weber State, 59-54. The Rams are now 8-3 this season, which is the team's best start since 2001-02, while the Wildcats fall to 4-5. This is the most non-conference wins for CSU since 2009-10.
The Rams struggled to find their shot in the first half, shooting 32.0 percent from the field, but they were able to keep Weber State in check, behind 24-22 at the midway point.
"We've won about every way imaginable," Head Coach Ryun Williams praised. "We've won close games, we've won shooting the ball extremely well. We've won with different kids stepping up at different times. The thing that I'm the most proud of, with all the turnovers and all the bad decsions we made today, is that we still found a way to win. That's what we have to do. You're not going to win brilliant basketball, beautiful basketball, 30 nights out of the year."
With 27 seconds left in the game, Colorado State led 57-54. Senior Sam Martin pulled down a crucial offensive rebound and drew a foul on the put-back. Martin made both of the free-throw shots, sealing the Rams victory.
Junior Gritt Ryder led the Rams with 25 points, a career-high, scoring 15 points in the second half. She added six rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
"She had a great game today and I think that's because she stepped up when we needed her too and helped our team out," Martin praised.
Colorado State was unable to keep hold of the ball in the first frame, turning the ball over 12 times, while Weber State had just five. The Rams only gave it away four times in the second stanza.
Martin scored 10 points for CSU, and was one rebound short of a double-double with nine rebounds. She recorded four blocks, a career-high. Sophomore Caitlin Duffy added eight rebounds, seven points and two assists. Freshman Ellen Nystrom, who missed playing time because of foul trouble, put up six points, three rebounds and one assist. Senior Alicia Nichols tallied four points and six rebounds.
Sophomore Emilie Hesseldal made her first appearance for the Rams today after being ineligible due to NCAA transfer rules.
"We're not satisfied with eight wins, we want it to be 11-0," explained Ryder. "That's a strong thing about our team, 8-3 is good, but we want to get better and improve."
Colorado State takes a break for the holidays and begins the new year with Mountain West action at San Diego State (2-6) on Jan. 2. Tipoff at Viejas Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
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