A streak of dominance continued on Tuesday night as the CSU womenâ€™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 Falconsâ€™ number, with a perfect 5-0 record over the Academy since taking over the program in 2008.
â€œWe were a little slow at first but we definitely got it together,â€ 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.
â€œOur emphasis was to get the ball to Sam,â€ coach Holt said. â€œShe did a good job posting up so we could get it to her and score.â€
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.
â€œI thought (Kennedy) was the player of the game,â€ Holt said. â€œShe made things happen. she was the key.â€
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.
â€œWe work on them a lot. My thought is you have to make those free shots,â€ 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.
â€œWe just approach every game like itâ€™s just another game. We take them one game at a time. We just have to play our game,â€ Kennedy said.
Womenâ€™s Basketball Beat Reporter David de Besche can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.