Feb 242010
Authors: Kyle Grabowski

On a night where turnovers were more plentiful than field goals, CSU’s women’s basketball team lost its fifth consecutive road game 65-50 at New Mexico. The Lobos have won 11 straight contests against CSU at “The Pit,” last losing in January of 1998.

The Rams stayed with New Mexico for most of the contest, even taking the lead on a layup by sophomore Kim Mestdagh with 15:35 remaining. The Lobos, however, pulled away with a seven-to-nothing run near the seven-minute mark and went on to outscore CSU 13 to three from that point on.

CSU committed 25 turnovers on the night, the third highest total of the season, which led to 38 points by New Mexico.

“They seemed to score all of their points off of our turnovers,” sophomore forward Chatilla van Grinsven said. “Especially at the end of the game, that’s what hurt us the most.”
Meghan Heimstra led the team with 10 turnovers individually.

“You can’t expect to win many games turning the ball over that many times,” head coach Kristen Holt said.

Mestdagh recorded her first career double-double, posting 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with three assists and two steals.

“I have a double feeling because I’m happy with what we did as a team and the effort we gave,” she said. “But at the same time, it’s kind of disappointing losing by 15 points.”
Van Grinsven also posted a double-double for the Rams, pouring in 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

In an eerily similar fashion to the men’s game Tuesday night, CSU led by three at the half and were out in front of the Lobos for most of the opening period.

Junior guard Zoi Simmons was injured on the first play of the game, leaving the Rams with only seven active players.

“She’s our point guard,” Holt said. “She has the fewest turnovers on the team, and any time you lose a player like that, it certainly affects how you play.”

The training staff will examine Simmons today to determine the extent of the injury.

Despite the double-digit loss, CSU remains optimistic heading into a two-game homestand against conference-leading TCU and always-tough San Diego State.

“I think it affects us in a good way,” van Grinsven said. “Everyone’s really aggressive right now, and we know that if we fight for every single ball and we play as one team, we can beat teams.”

Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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