The CSU womenâ€™s basketball team wonâ€™t miss traveling to Provo.
Brigham Young Universityâ€™s senior guard combo of Mindy Bonham and Hayley Hall combined for 29 points and 18 assists to defeat the CSU womenâ€™s basketball team on Saturday afternoon, 73-57, in Provo, Utah.
The BYU victory was the seventh consecutive over the Rams in Provo, in what was likely the last such meeting with the Cougarâ€™s impending move to the West Coast Conference next year.
Hall scored 17 points to lead BYU, including five three-pointers, while Bonham came within one rebound of a triple-double by tallying 12 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds in the contest.
â€œTheyâ€™ve got four seniors that start in that lineup,â€ said head coach Kristen Holt. â€œThat experience, the depth that they have, the guard play. To me theyâ€™re one of the top two teams in the conference.â€
The Cougars (12-7, 4-1 MWC) led by six at halftime but went on a 10-0 run to begin the second half.
The Rams (9-9, 2-3 MWC) would never recover.
CSU endured multiple scoring droughts of more than four minutes throughout the game and could not match BYUâ€™s offensive firepower and defensive intensity.
â€œWe didnâ€™t come out with the same energy that we did in the first (half),â€ said freshman forward Sam Martin. â€œIf we had come out with that same energy we had in the first half then it would have turned out differently.â€
A Martin jump shot tied the game at 26 apiece with 4:33 remaining in the first half, but CSU never pulled closer within three points from that point forward.
Sophomore guard Meixandra Porter led CSU with 15 points in the game, one of three Rams scoring in double figures.
â€œThe more options that we have for scoring, thatâ€™s going to help our cause,â€ Holt said. â€œI think that was one of the positives.â€
Martin scored 14 points to go along with nine rebounds, while senior guard Bonnie Barbee added 12 in her first start of the season.
BYU held Rams leading scorer Kim Mestdagh to just six points on 2-of-9 shooting, well below her season average of 16.9 per game.
The Rams played with only eight players for the second straight game, after several injuries and the departure of junior forward Chatilla van Grinsven left the team shorthanded.
The Rams now travel to Colorado Springs on Tuesday night to face the Air Force Falcons at 6 p.m.