With four seconds remaining in the game and the Rams trailing
55-56, Aztec guard Courtney Fritz stole the ball from guard Jasai
Ferrucho, leading to two Lindsay Casey free throws that clinched
San Diego State’s 58-55 victory over CSU.
The Rams fell to 10-7 overall and 1-3 in the Mountain West
Conference, while the Aztecs grabbed their first MWC win of the
season in front of 698 people at Cox Arena and improved to 6-10
overall and 1-2 in the MWC.
“What it really comes down to is the outcome of the game,” CSU
head coach Chris Denker said in a release. “People don’t care about
moral victories or if you out-rebound someone. They care about wins
After ending the first half and beginning the second half with a
scoreless 10-minute skid, the Rams came back to tie the game at 46
with 3:16 left in the game. Senior Joy Jenkins and freshman Annika
Walseth kept CSU in the game as Jenkins sank two 3-pointers to end
the scoreless drought and Walseth hit a career-high three
3-pointers late in the game.
“Annika hit some big shots for us,” Denker said of Walseth.
There were eight lead changes in the final four minutes, but San
Diego State managed a 56-55 lead with 12.8 seconds remaining. After
Ferrucho’s turnover, Jenkins fouled freshman Melissa Elliot, who
missed her free throw. Casey snatched the offensive rebound and was
immediately fouled by sophomore Lindsay Thomas. Casey then hit both
of her free throws, leaving the Rams with only 1.3 seconds left and
handing them their third straight conference loss.
Thomas fouled out of the game and the Rams had five more
personal fouls (15) than the Aztecs (10). CSU out-rebounded San
Diego State 32-30 but also turned the ball over 15 times.
Aside from her key steal, Fritz also came through in the clutch
by hitting two 3-pointers in the final three minutes, including one
with 1:07 left that lifted San Diego State to a 56-55 lead. Fritz
and Elliot ended the game with 15 points apiece and combined for
eight 3-pointers to lead the Aztec’s in scoring.
Sophomore forward Melissa Dennett finished as the highest scorer
for the Rams with 14 points. Thomas was the game’s top rebounder
with 10 and she also added four blocked shots. Walseth and
sophomore Vanessa Espinoza contributed nine points each and
Ferrucho had six assists
The Rams will now face Wyoming on Friday night as the final game
of their three-game road trip. The Cowgirls are 6-11 overall and
2-2 in the MWC.