The CSU womenâ€™s basketball team lost its fourth consecutive game Saturday night with a 72-60 loss at UNLVâ€™s Cox Pavilion.
UNLV sophomore Kelli Thompson scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Rebels, and it was the fourth straight game that an opposing guard has scored more than 18 points against the Rams.
â€œShe made some tough shots. A few times we had a hand in her face, and she made really tough shots fading away,â€ CSU coach Kristen Holt said. â€œWhen someone makes shots like that, then theyâ€™re obviously having a pretty good night.â€
There were 34 total fouls in the game â€“â€“ 20 committed by CSU â€“â€“ in a very physical game.
â€œTheyâ€™re very big, theyâ€™re strong and I think they took it up into us,â€ freshman forward Sam Martin said. â€œA lot of it was just our silly fouls, like fouling all the way on the other end away from the basket.â€
Sophomore guard Meixandra Porter fouled out after playing just 20 minutes in the game, scoring 12 points along the way.
â€œShe was scoring for us. It was unfortunate,â€ Holt said. â€œThe last two fouls on her part were not very smart fouls, and I know she was very frustrated with that.â€
CSU shot 40 percent from the field for the game, only slightly lower than their season average of 41.6 percent, but Holt said the quality of the teamâ€™s shots could have been much better.
â€œI thought every single kid tonight, at times, took shots that were forced or rushed,â€ she said. â€œWe probably could have shot a little better if we took better shots.â€
The Rams tied the game at six early in the first half, but a fast break layup by UNLVâ€™s India Chaney put the Rebels up for good.
CSU cut the deficit to six with 11:19 remaining in the second half, but a flourish of Kim Mestdagh three-pointers fell short. Mestdagh finished with 23 points on 9-for-17 shooting.
CSU plays two games at home this week against Brigham Young and the Air Force Academy in a key stretch with the conference tournament looming.
â€œI think those two games are really really important,â€ Mestdagh said. â€œEspecially after losing all of those games. Now we really need a win and it would be great to get two.â€
Womenâ€™s basketball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSU 60 vs. UNLV 72