Sophomore guard Meixandra Porter hit four free throws in the last 33 seconds to seal a 56-51 win for the CSU womenâ€™s basketball team over San Diego State.
â€œI just relaxed, and it was just like I was in practice, not putting any pressure on myself,â€ Porter said, who finished with 8 points and a team-high 6 rebounds.
The win was the Ramsâ€™ (12-9, 5-3 MWC) first over the Aztecs since 2006.
â€œIt feels really good because Iâ€™ve never beaten them,â€ said junior guard Kim Mestdagh. â€œItâ€™s a good win for us.â€
The Aztecs (8-12, 2-6 MWC) were held to just 35 percent shooting and were out-rebounded by the Rams, 32-30.
â€œOur defense was real gritty, and we did a very good job in our zone,â€ head coach Kristen Holt said. â€œOur kids just battled and did a nice job on the boards.â€
Mestdagh scored 22 points on 9-16 shooting, including a 4-of-8 performance from beyond the three-point arc. It was Mestdaghâ€™s first 20-point game since she scored 25 in a win against UNLV on Jan. 18.
â€œLetâ€™s face it, when Kim does well we normally do well,â€ Holt said. â€œShe was scoring in a lot of different ways, off the dribble, going to the basket, shooting the three.â€
Aztecs senior center Paris Johnson scored 16 points, but uncharacteristically managed to pull down just three rebounds.
No other Aztec scored in double-figures.
Holt entered the game expecting SDSU to exploit her team inside, as CSU only dressed eight players for the game, including seven guards.
â€œThey had such a size advantage inside,â€ Holt said. â€œWe were undersized but did a good job of doing what we needed to.â€
The Rams now find themselves on a three-game winning streak. Wednesday nightâ€™s victory was only the teamâ€™s second road win in the last six games. CSU finds itself in fourth-place in the conference and only one game back from third-place TCU in the loss column and host the Horned Frogs on Feb. 16.
The Rams return home to face Wyoming this Saturday in the Border War. Wyoming won the first matchup this season in Laramie, 83-43. The game will tip at 2 p.m.
Womenâ€™s basketball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.