The road trip continues for the CSU womenâ€™s basketball team Saturday as it travels to Tempe, Ariz. to tip off against Arizona State.
The Rams (5-3) are coming off a disappointing loss 73-40 Wednesday night to CU-Boulder that snapped a five-game winning streak for the green and gold but will look to move on after the defeat.
â€œIt was a disappointed performance, but itâ€™s over and we have to move on. Weâ€™ll see how we respond from Wednesday,â€ coach Kristen Holt said.
A very physical game by the Buffaloes seemed to control the tone of the night, causing the Rams to commit costly passes, poor rebounding and only shooting 30 percent from the field.
â€œWe didnâ€™t show up as a team. We got down on ourselves and let our shots dictate the game, and didnâ€™t make up on defense from our bad offense,â€ freshman Sam Martin said.
CSU will face a similar type of team in Arizona State, one that is strong defensively and forces its opposition to make errors. Holt wants her team to come out with an attitude of being more resilient.
â€œWeâ€™re going to be tested immediately. It will be a challenge. Their defense creates their offense, so we are going to have to have better toughness,â€ Holt said.
After feeling like they came out intimidated against the Buffs, the Rams, who couldnâ€™t practice Thursday due to NCAA rules, will look to trust their skill and be ready mentally Saturday.
â€œItâ€™s not that we physically canâ€™t do it. We need to mentally regroup and start playing with confidence, get back to being strong with ball.â€ Holt said.
With only two days off between games, CSU is excited to get back on the court and play another game after Wednesdayâ€™s loss.
The team will look to stick to its game plan and get back to what it does best: shooting three-pointers, playing big down low, getting steals and running the floor.
â€œWe need to play CSU basketball, doing what we do best and play our game,â€ Martin said.
The Rams face the Sun Devils at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at The Wells Fargo Arena. The girls trust in their great team chemistry and leadership to know they are going to improve and compete in all remaining games.
â€œThis group is really motivated, and we have great leadership on our team. Weâ€™re going there to get better and get a win,â€ Holt said.
Womenâ€™s Basketball Beat Reporter David de Besche can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.