Friday night marked a successful introduction of new names and welcomed back veteran faces that will make up the 2010-11 Colorado State womenâ€™s basketball team. The Rams hosted the Colorado Christian Cougars in a season-opening exhibition game that CSU won 81-75.
The win improved coach Kristen Holt to a perfect 5-0 in exhibition games since taking over the program, and showed the depth and versatility of the team with all ten players scoring points in the winning effort.
Holt was pleased with the teamâ€™s effort but knows that CSU still has some things to work on.
â€œOur effort was good, we didnâ€™t do one aspect great, and we got to sure up some things in different areas.â€ Holt said.
In a game that included four Rams in double-digit scoring, junior Kim Mestdagh took over where she left off last year with a team-high 19 points, with 12 of those coming from three-point land.
Two freshmen got the start for CSU Friday, both having very impressive college debuts in Mandy Makeever, with 12 points, and player of the game Sam Martin, with 15 points and game-high 9 rebounds.
â€œThe first minute I was shaking, but when we went back in just focused and concentrated, it was fun.â€ Makeever said.
Though CSU was impressive with 21 team steals and 19 offensive rebounds, it did have 26 turnovers and had a sense of panic when on offense.
â€œWe focus on relentless defense and pressuring the ball,â€ senior Zoi Simmons said of the 21 steals, â€œbut we have to be better with the turnovers and rebounding, work in space, in our motion offense and not rush and panic.â€
Holt was impressed with the play of Colorado Christian, which came into Moby Arena with a lot of energy and a hot shooter in freshman Christina Whitelaw, who had a game-high 25 points and added 8 rebounds and 6 steals in her effort.
â€œThey posed some problems for us; they are going to have a good year,â€ Holt said.
The Rams have a big break to fine tune their play, not having a game until this Friday when CSU hosts the Northern Iowa Panthers.
CSU will use this exhibition game to improve and are looking forward to Friday.
â€œWeâ€™re going to take a lot of good things out of this game and were going to continue to get better and better,â€ Holt said.
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