Feb 052004
 
Authors: Joelle Milholm

The CSU women’s basketball team hasn’t lost a home game to New

Mexico in 11 years, and in Thursday night’s game at Moby Arena,

guards Vanessa Espinoza and Jasai Ferrucho helped CSU add another

year to that streak with a 72-57 victory.

The sophomore Espinoza was unstoppable from 3-point range as she

hit 3-of-4 and totaled 19 points for a new career high. Ferrucho

scored a season-high 17 points.

“If either of us are on, and especially if both of us are on, it

is going to be hard for anyone to stop us,” Ferrcuho said of

Espinoza and herself.

Lindsay Thomas scored 14 points and Melissa Dennett added 15,

and the two combined for 15 rebounds and dominated the game in the

paint.

CSU snapped its four-game losing streak and improved its record

to 11-8 overall and 2-4 in the Mountain West Conference, while New

Mexico fell to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in the MWC.

“We needed this win, not because of the standings, but

emotionally,” CSU head coach Chris Denker said. “Needless to say

this is a feeling we have not experienced in quite a while and we

are excited to win.”

The Rams came out with another slow start and after a 14-2 Lobo

run they found themselves down 24-14 with less than eight minutes

remaining. The momentum then shifted back to CSU’s favor, and with

the crowd starting to make some noise, the Rams ended the half only

trailing 33-28.

The Rams turned the game around after Sara Brown started the

second half with a steal and CSU took a 40-37 lead in the first

five minutes. CSU continued to widen the gap, pulling away from New

Mexico and controlling the tempo in the second half.

Lobo forward Lindsey Arndt led New Mexico with 19 points, 14 of

which came in the first half.

“I just came out in the second half with the mentality that she

wasn’t going to score again,” Thomas said of Arndt.

The Rams will be back in action Saturday night when they will

play host to Air Force.

The Good: Senior Joy Jenkins returned to the lineup and played

behind the protection of a facemask after missing over two weeks

with a broken nose. She grabbed six rebounds.

The Bad: Although Jenkins was back in action, she was held to

five points and only shot 2-of-8 from the floor.

The Ugly: New Mexico’s Lindsey Arndt was slammed with a

technical foul with 44 seconds left in the game after voicing her

displeasure with a personal foul call on her.

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