The CSU women’s basketball team lost its fourth consecutive game Saturday night with a 72-60 loss at UNLV’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.
“She made some tough shots. A few times we had a hand in her face, and she made really tough shots fading away,” CSU coach Kristen Holt said. “When someone makes shots like that, then they’re obviously having a pretty good night.”
There were 34 total fouls in the game –– 20 committed by CSU –– in a very physical game.
“They’re very big, they’re strong and I think they took it up into us,” freshman forward Sam Martin said. “A lot of it was just our silly fouls, like fouling all the way on the other end away from the basket.”
Sophomore guard Meixandra Porter fouled out after playing just 20 minutes in the game, scoring 12 points along the way.
“She was scoring for us. It was unfortunate,” Holt said. “The last two fouls on her part were not very smart fouls, and I know she was very frustrated with that.”
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 team’s shots could have been much better.
“I thought every single kid tonight, at times, took shots that were forced or rushed,” she said. “We probably could have shot a little better if we took better shots.”
The Rams tied the game at six early in the first half, but a fast break layup by UNLV’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.
“I think those two games are really really important,” Mestdagh said. “Especially after losing all of those games. Now we really need a win and it would be great to get two.”
Women’s basketball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSU 60 vs. UNLV 72