BOULDER â€“â€“ The Colorado State womenâ€™s basketball teamâ€™s five-game winning streak ended in disappointing fashion Wednesday night as the Rams fell to the CU-Boulder Buffaloes 73-49.
CSU (5-3) knew the first few minutes of the game were crucial and wanted to set the tone early, but failed to do so as the Buffaloes (7-2) jumped out to a physical and commanding 10-2 lead.
â€œWe didnâ€™t get off to a good start and then they just picked us apart, their driving, position and hitting threes,â€ said CSU coach Kristen Holt.
The Rams never led in the game, but did come within one point at 14-13 in the middle of the first half. At half time CSU was down only 10 and felt refocused, but was stifled as CU again set the tone in the second half going on an early 10-0 run.
â€œWe knew CSU is a second half team and we came out and hit â€˜em pretty hard. I think that made all the difference,â€ said CU coach Linda Lappe.
Coming into the game, the Rams knew the Buffs would rely on the play of senior forward Brittany Spears and sophomore Chucky Jeffrey.
Spears, who was consistently making things happen on both ends of the court, finished with 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Jeffrey tallied her fifth double-double of the season with a game-high 21 points and 13 boards.
The Rams looked out of sync the entire game, especially on offense, shooting only 30 percent from the field. The teamâ€™s poor shooting seemed to affect the team and transfer to all aspects of their game.
â€œI donâ€™t know why we get down when we miss shots. We need to learn to live with it.â€ junior Kim Mestdagh said.
Mestdagh, who was keyed on all game by the Buffs, accounted for 10 points, while freshman Sam Martin put up 10 and junior Chatilla van Grinsven had a team-high 16 points.
The Rams were disappointed after losing to almost the exact team in CU that they beat a year ago.
â€œI have never seen us play horrible before. We have got to come together as a team,â€ van Grinsven said.
The green and gold continue their road trip as they travel to Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday to face off against a talented Arizona State team that the Rams know will be another big test.
â€œWe are not going to face an easy opponent Saturday. Arizona State is going to be just as physical, if not more,â€ Holt said.
Womenâ€™s Basketball Beat Reporter David de Besche can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.