While the rest of the student body was relaxing during Fall Break, the CSU women’s basketball team won their host tournament, the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational, for the first time in five years by defeating the Delaware Blue Hens 67-44 in the championship game on Saturday night.
Sophomore guard Kim Mestdagh led the Rams with a career-high 25 points in only 26 minutes, hitting seven of 12 three-pointers en route to being named tournament MVP.
“This year I have a lot more confidence in my shot,” Mestdagh said.
CSU trailed by four to open the game but went on a 25-7 run to take the lead for good in the first half.
“Our energy was awesome tonight,” head coach Kristen Holt said. “Our big players finally looked like big players.”
In the opening round game against Texas Sate, CSU broke its two game losing steak by downing the Bobcats 64-55.
Mestdagh set her previous career high with 22 points and junior Bonnie Barbee poured in 17 for the Rams.
After setbacks against Denver and Valparaiso, CSU overcame adversity against TSU, prevailing despite being out-rebounded by seven and shooting only 36 percent from the field.
Both Mestdagh and sophomore Meghan Heimstra were named to the all-tournament team.
Women’s basketball beat reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at email@example.com.