The CSU women’s basketball team hasn’t lost a home game to New
Mexico in 11 years, and in Thursday night’s game at Moby Arena,
guards Vanessa Espinoza and Jasai Ferrucho helped CSU add another
year to that streak with a 72-57 victory.
The sophomore Espinoza was unstoppable from 3-point range as she
hit 3-of-4 and totaled 19 points for a new career high. Ferrucho
scored a season-high 17 points.
“If either of us are on, and especially if both of us are on, it
is going to be hard for anyone to stop us,” Ferrcuho said of
Espinoza and herself.
Lindsay Thomas scored 14 points and Melissa Dennett added 15,
and the two combined for 15 rebounds and dominated the game in the
CSU snapped its four-game losing streak and improved its record
to 11-8 overall and 2-4 in the Mountain West Conference, while New
Mexico fell to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in the MWC.
“We needed this win, not because of the standings, but
emotionally,” CSU head coach Chris Denker said. “Needless to say
this is a feeling we have not experienced in quite a while and we
are excited to win.”
The Rams came out with another slow start and after a 14-2 Lobo
run they found themselves down 24-14 with less than eight minutes
remaining. The momentum then shifted back to CSU’s favor, and with
the crowd starting to make some noise, the Rams ended the half only
The Rams turned the game around after Sara Brown started the
second half with a steal and CSU took a 40-37 lead in the first
five minutes. CSU continued to widen the gap, pulling away from New
Mexico and controlling the tempo in the second half.
Lobo forward Lindsey Arndt led New Mexico with 19 points, 14 of
which came in the first half.
“I just came out in the second half with the mentality that she
wasn’t going to score again,” Thomas said of Arndt.
The Rams will be back in action Saturday night when they will
play host to Air Force.
The Good: Senior Joy Jenkins returned to the lineup and played
behind the protection of a facemask after missing over two weeks
with a broken nose. She grabbed six rebounds.
The Bad: Although Jenkins was back in action, she was held to
five points and only shot 2-of-8 from the floor.
The Ugly: New Mexico’s Lindsey Arndt was slammed with a
technical foul with 44 seconds left in the game after voicing her
displeasure with a personal foul call on her.