SDSU Women's Basketball Comes Up Short In 65-56 Loss At Colorado State
Feb. 19, 2004
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Attempting its first sweep of Colorado State since the 2000 season, the San Diego State women's basketball team came up short, falling to the Rams, 65-56, Thursday evening at Moby Arena. With the loss, SDSU fell to 7-15 overall and 2-7 in conference play, while CSU improved to 14-9 overall and 5-5 in the MWC.
Aztec freshman Courtney Fritz (Newberg, Ore.) broke out of her three-point slump, nailing 3-of-3 in the first half and finishing 4-for-7 from beyond the arc for a team-high 18 points. Freshman Michelle Elliott (Pasco, Wash.) reached double-figures in scoring for the third straight game and the 17th time in 2003-04, tallying 15 points. Sophomore Michelle Strawberry (Corona, Calif.) added 11 points and was a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the arc.
The Aztecs started off on a high note, jumping out to a 13-3 advantage with the help of three consecutive three-pointers by Fritz, who had gone 0-for-11 from beyond the arc in her last three outings entering Thursday night's game. Coming out of a timeout, CSU cut the deficit to 13-7 on consecutive baskets by Melissa Dennett and Jasai Ferrucho, breaking a nearly six-minute scoreless streak.
The Rams crept closer with the help of five straight points from Lindsey Thomas to get all the way back to within one point at 13-12. After jumping out to the 10-point lead, the Aztecs went into an offensive funk of their own, going almost nine minutes without a point before Strawberry made the second of her two free throws at the 5:50 mark to stay ahead by two points at 14-12.
CSU retook its first lead since the 18:04 mark on two straight baskets, including a three-pointer by Vanessa Espinoza with under five minutes left in the first half at 17-14. Strawberry took it upon herself to respond, stealing a ball in the CSU backcourt for a lay-up and adding a three-pointer at the top of the key as the shot clock expired, to put SDSU up by a pair at 19-17.
The two sides then traded buckets with three more lead changes and the Rams holding a slim 24-23 advantage at the half.
CSU opened the second, 20-minute period by going up by five points at 32-27 heading into the first media timeout. The Rams went up by seven points before a Candace Mattson lay-up and a pair of free throws by Elliott got SDSU to within three points at 34-31.
The three-point deficit grew to 10 points at 45-35 with 10:20 left following a pair of long-distance three-pointers by Annika Walseth. The Rams would go up by as many as 15 points, before SDSU would rally to within seven points twice at 50-43 and 52-45, but the Aztecs were unable to get closer, eventually falling, 65-56.
The Aztecs outshot the Rams, hitting 45 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc, and matched its season high in assists with 17, but trailed in the turnovers department, 19-13.
Three CSU players finished in double-figures, including Vanessa Espinoza, who had 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.
San Diego State completes this week's two-game road trip at Wyoming Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m. MST.