Rams drop third straight

Jan 252004
Authors: Joelle Milholm

With four seconds remaining in the game and the Rams trailing

55-56, Aztec guard Courtney Fritz stole the ball from guard Jasai

Ferrucho, leading to two Lindsay Casey free throws that clinched

San Diego State’s 58-55 victory over CSU.

The Rams fell to 10-7 overall and 1-3 in the Mountain West

Conference, while the Aztecs grabbed their first MWC win of the

season in front of 698 people at Cox Arena and improved to 6-10

overall and 1-2 in the MWC.

“What it really comes down to is the outcome of the game,” CSU

head coach Chris Denker said in a release. “People don’t care about

moral victories or if you out-rebound someone. They care about wins

and losses.”

After ending the first half and beginning the second half with a

scoreless 10-minute skid, the Rams came back to tie the game at 46

with 3:16 left in the game. Senior Joy Jenkins and freshman Annika

Walseth kept CSU in the game as Jenkins sank two 3-pointers to end

the scoreless drought and Walseth hit a career-high three

3-pointers late in the game.

“Annika hit some big shots for us,” Denker said of Walseth.

There were eight lead changes in the final four minutes, but San

Diego State managed a 56-55 lead with 12.8 seconds remaining. After

Ferrucho’s turnover, Jenkins fouled freshman Melissa Elliot, who

missed her free throw. Casey snatched the offensive rebound and was

immediately fouled by sophomore Lindsay Thomas. Casey then hit both

of her free throws, leaving the Rams with only 1.3 seconds left and

handing them their third straight conference loss.

Thomas fouled out of the game and the Rams had five more

personal fouls (15) than the Aztecs (10). CSU out-rebounded San

Diego State 32-30 but also turned the ball over 15 times.

Aside from her key steal, Fritz also came through in the clutch

by hitting two 3-pointers in the final three minutes, including one

with 1:07 left that lifted San Diego State to a 56-55 lead. Fritz

and Elliot ended the game with 15 points apiece and combined for

eight 3-pointers to lead the Aztec’s in scoring.

Sophomore forward Melissa Dennett finished as the highest scorer

for the Rams with 14 points. Thomas was the game’s top rebounder

with 10 and she also added four blocked shots. Walseth and

sophomore Vanessa Espinoza contributed nine points each and

Ferrucho had six assists

The Rams will now face Wyoming on Friday night as the final game

of their three-game road trip. The Cowgirls are 6-11 overall and

2-2 in the MWC.

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