Dec. 11, 2010
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
TEMPE, Ariz. - Costly turnovers hurt the Rams Saturday, creating 23 points for Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena, as Colorado State fell to the Sun Devils, 72-53.
CSU (5-4) committed 23 turnovers, 13 of which came in the first half when ASU (6-2) was able to pull away with the lead. The Sun Devils shot 46.3 percent (25-54) on the day, almost 10 percent higher than their 36.6 average on the season.
Two quick three-pointers from Sara Hemmings and Kim Mestdagh kept the Rams within two points halfway through the first, but ASU responded with five points of its own and pulled away. The Sun Devils' largest lead was 22 points.
Mestdagh scored a team-high 19 points for Colorado State, making two baskets from beyond the arc. She also recorded three of the team's six steals. Freshman Sam Martin also hit double figures with 17 points, shooting 77.8 percent, making seven of her nine shots.
"I'm happy with what we did today," said Head Coach Kristen Holt. "The team out on the floor was one that I enjoyed coaching. The effort was there."
The Rams committed four fouls through the first 3 minutes and 20 seconds of play, allowing the Sun Devils to score six points without making a field goal until the 15:53 mark. Mestdagh, Sam Martin and Hayley Thompson all had two fouls with 12 minutes left to play in the first half. None of the players fouled out, however, as the team held its fouls to five in the second half.
Hemmings came into the game at 16:15 in the first half. She played 21 minutes, assisting a shot and nailing a three-pointer. It was the team captain's first appearance this season after a leg injury kept her sidelined through the Rams' first eight games.
Thompson made her second start this season. She sat for most of the first half with two fouls 6 minutes into to the contest, but came away with a steal, two assists and five rebounds.
The Rams will have a nine-day break for final exams before they play South Dakota on Dec. 20. Kelly Hartig will make her debut for the Rams that day at Moby Arena.