The Colorado State womenâ€™s basketball team let victory slip through its hands on Wednesday night at Moby Arena.
The Rams (12-12, 5-6 Mountain West Conference) lost to Texas Christian University 61-53 in a game they seemed to control throughout.
CSU came out of the gates early in the first half, hitting five of their first six shots and taking a 10-5 lead over the MWC second-place Horned Frogs. Stifling defense and another late run in the half gave the Rams a 27-21 lead at the break.
â€œWe played great as a team, it was a total team effort,â€ sophomore Meixandra Porter said. â€œYou could feel the energy.â€
The beginning of the second half was much of the same with the Rams getting open looks and playing solid defense, but, with nine minutes left, TCUâ€™s Helen Sverrisdottir took over. Sverrisdottir, who was last yearâ€™s MWC player of the year, went on a 10-2 run by herself which gave the Horned Frogs their first lead since the opening bucket of the game.
â€œ(Sverrisdottir) made plays. Thatâ€™s what players of the year do. I just feel we could have made it tougher on her at times,â€ coach Kristen Holt said.
The Rams were flat in the final nine minutes of the game, ultimately losing out on their upset bid. The Rams gave up 16 points off turnovers and another 20 off second chances as TCU managed 13 offensive rebounds.
â€œWe went away from our defense. We stopped doing the things that were working,â€ freshman Sam Martin said.
While the Rams made clutch shots in the first half, nothing seemed to fall for them as the game progressed into the second half.
â€œWe didnâ€™t make plays we usually do down the stretch,â€ Holt said.
Porter had a career night for CSU, putting up a career-high 19 points while giving the team energy on both ends of the court. Sam Martin and Hayley Thompson continued their impressive freshmen seasons, combining for 17 points in the loss.
â€œ(Porter) played really well. I thought her shot selection was really good tonight,â€ Holt said â€œShe did a really nice job.â€
The Rams are hoping to end a three-game losing skid and will now try their luck in Las Vegas on Saturday. The Rams defeated the Runninâ€™ Rebels at Moby Arena on Jan. 18 by a count of 68-63.
Tip-off for Saturdayâ€™s contest is set for 4 p.m.
Womenâ€™s basketball Beat Reporter David de Besche can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.