Mar 092008
 
Authors: Matt L. Stephens

The CSU women’s basketball team lost its 20th consecutive game Saturday afternoon, 76-25 at the hands of New Mexico, setting both a program and Mountain West Conference low for the worst record in history.

The Rams (2-27, 0-16) never stood a chance, scoring only one field goal in the first 8:57. Much of the their struggles were due to Juanise Cornell receiving two foul calls before the first media timeout.

“We don’t operate without Juanise,” Rams coach Jen Warden said. “It’s not that we don’t operate well without her; we don’t operate at all without her.”

CSU was led in scoring by senior Sara Hunter and Junior Carine Reimink, both players had 9 points.

The big story at “The Pit” was Lobos senior forward Dionne Marsh becoming the leading scorer in New Mexico women’s basketball history as her 26 points gave her 1,854 in her career, surpassing Abby Garchek (1,835 career points).

With New Mexico’s (17-12, 9-7) win over CSU, the Lobos clinched the No. 4 spot in this week’s Mountain West Conference Championships in Las Vegas and will play Brigham Young on Wednesday.

The ninth-seeded Rams will play eighth-seed Nevada-Las Vegas (8-21, 4-12) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Sports writer Matt L. Stephens can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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