Playing most of the game without their second leading scorer, Sam Martin, the Rams were able to handle Division-II University of Maryville-St Louis 73-35 on Sunday.
In Martinâ€™s absence, Kelly Hartig filled in at center, and scored 16 points in the game.
â€œKellyâ€™s been so hesitant most of her career at shooting the ball,â€ CSU coach Kristen Holt said. â€œAnd now sheâ€™s finally getting into the mode of looking for her shot, so itâ€™s good to see her score like that.â€
Taking Hartigâ€™s place starting at the power forward position was Kara Spotton, who came into the game shooting only 6-for-32 from the field, but went 4-for-6 in the game, scoring nine points and adding six rebounds.
â€œThe last couple of games, I havenâ€™t been making a lot of shots, but this game just felt good to get some in,â€ Spotton said. â€œIâ€™ll still work on it, but definitely itâ€™ll give me some confidence.â€
Also contributing to the offensive onslaught for the Rams was Kim Mestdagh, who scored a game-high 23 points in 20 minutes of play.
Mestdagh started the game with the hot hand shooting, going 4-for-5 from three within the first 8 minutes of the game.
â€œItâ€™s really refreshing,â€ Mestdagh said of the hot start. â€œI prefer those wide open shots first before the ones that are contested because it makes me feel better, and I was more relaxed going into that, so it was good for me.â€
In addition to getting open looks at the basket, the Rams were able to put pressure on Maryville by holding them to a 20.4 field goal percentage on the game, a season-low for the Rams.
â€œI thought we were aggressive and battled every possession,â€ Maryville coach Chris Ellis said. â€œBut when you shoot 20 percent, youâ€™re not gonna win the game.â€
The Rams will now travel to Cancun, Mex. for the Triple Crown Caribbean Classic, where they will face womenâ€™s basketball powers Michigan State next Tuesday and Indiana next Wednesday.
â€œIf you probably took the two teams on our non-conference schedule that are least alike it would be Maryville and Michigan State,â€ Holt said. â€œBut whatâ€™s nice is we have a week to kinda get ready for that.â€
Womenâ€™s Basketball Beat Reporter Andrew Schaller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org