Rams hit a wall in The Pit

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Feb 062005
 
Authors: Stephanie Lindberg

Colorado State 49, New Mexico 75

Colorado State 16 33 49

New Mexico 37 38 75

Colorado State- Dennett 3, 0-0, 14; Thomas 3, 0-0, 6; Espinoza 1, 0-2, 2; Nohr 1, 0-0, 2; Walseth 1, 1-5, 3; Hunter 2, 2-3, 11; Kramer 0, 0-0, 1; O'Dwyer 0, 0-0, 0; Tor-Agbidye 1, 0-0, 2; Moulton 3, 0-0, 8. Totals 15, 3-10, 49.

New Mexico- Marsh 4, 0-0, 14; Arndt 2, 0-1, 5; Letz 1, 0-4, 2; Montgomery 4, 4-8, 12; Moore 4, 1-5, 9; Shetters 0, 0-1, 0; Black 0, 0, 0; Vogt 2, 2-4, 6; E-Nunu 1, 0-0, 3; Francis 1, 1-2, 6; Olude 0, 0-0, 0; Briody 5, 3-4, 13; Kimble 2, 1-1, 5. Totals 26, 12-30, 75.

Rebounds – Colorado State 36 (O'Dwyer 7); New Mexico 37 (Marsh 10). 3-point baskets – Colorado State 3-10 (Hunter 2-3); New Mexico 12-30 (Montgomery 4-8). Technical fouls – none.

A- 11,551

A final score of 75-49 says a lot.

It tells of a team that clearly dominated during a game, and it hints at the dominance of a team that has no problem disposing of other teams on its way to a probable conference championship.

After dominating Air Force on Thursday night, the CSU women's team couldn't recover from a 26-5 run by New Mexico late in the first half on Saturday, even though the team virtually matched the Lobos shot-for-shot during the second half, 33-38.

Starting off the game, the Rams seemed immune to the 11,551 screaming New Mexico fans and kept the score tight, tying it at 11 with 12:43 left in the first. Twenty-one turnovers in the game by the Rams helped the Lobos to 25 points, and the Rams had few answers to control Lobos.

"It is very disappointing. I felt we started the game pretty well the first six minutes," said CSU head coach Chris Denker in 600 KCOL radio interview. "Then we started choosing really poor shots."

New Mexico freshman forward Dionne Marsh had 14 points to lead the Lobos. Sophomore guard Julie Briody had 13 points and was 3-of-4 on 3-point shots. Senior guard Mandi Moore managed nine points before leaving the game in the second half with an eye injury.

"(Marsh) is a very athletic kid," Denker said. "We had worked pretty hard on doubling her and when we were doing that, we did well."

CSU junior Melissa Dennett had 14 points to lead the Rams, and freshman Sara Hunter had 11. Both players earned the majority of their points from the free-throw line. Dennett was 8-of-10 and Hunter was 5-of-6.

Denker said the most frustrating part of the loss was that the team did not playing to its potential in the first half.

"We didn't even play near the way we have the last few games so it's hard for me to assess (what went wrong)," Denker said. "I do think we can bounce back, but we're going to have to do some soul searching."

The Rams return home for their lone game of the week against BYU Thursday at 7 p.m.

Star of the Box: New Mexico freshman Forward Dionne Marsh 14 points and10 rebounds for the first double-double of her career

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