Jan 252011
 
Authors: David de Besche

A streak of dominance continued on Tuesday night as the CSU women’s basketball team defeated the Air Force Academy, 64-58, in Colorado Springs.

It marked the 44th match-up between the in-state rivals, with the Rams (10-9, 3-3) holding a decisive 34-10 advantage over the Falcons in that stretch. Coach Kristen Holt continues to have the Falcons’ number, with a perfect 5-0 record over the Academy since taking over the program in 2008.

“We were a little slow at first but we definitely got it together,” said Rams sophomore Chantel Kennedy after the game.

Freshman Sam Martin was the leading scorer for the Rams, putting together and impressive 17 point, six-rebound performance. The Rams aimed to apply pressure to the Falcons inside and get the ball to Martin, who shot an impressive 5-of-6 from the floor for the contest.

“Our emphasis was to get the ball to Sam,” coach Holt said. “She did a good job posting up so we could get it to her and score.”

Though the Rams started slow, they kicked into gear to begin the second half with inspired play from Kennedy.
The sophomore guard had a career night while guarding the Falcons top player.

“I thought (Kennedy) was the player of the game,” Holt said. “She made things happen. she was the key.”

The Falcons held the Rams without a field goal for the last 7:59 of the second half while trying to mount a comeback.
CSU, who is one of the top Mountain West Conference free-throw shooting teams, were clutch down the stretch, hitting 13-of-14 free throws to secure the victory.

“We work on them a lot. My thought is you have to make those free shots,” Holt said.

Next up for the Rams, a home contest this Saturday afternoon as the Utes of Utah come into town. Both teams will enter the game with 3-3 records in MWC and the winner will be sitting in third place in conference.

“We just approach every game like it’s just another game. We take them one game at a time. We just have to play our game,” Kennedy said.

Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter David de Besche can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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