CSU women’s basketball holds off furious Air Force rally for Pink Out win

CSU woman's basketball takes on Wyoming in Larimie on Saturday afternoon.

The CSU women’s basketball team not only increased breast cancer awareness during the “Play4Kay” game against Air Force, but also increased their record to 8-15 with a win over a Mountain West opponent.

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Shooting the ball well from the start, the Rams were able to take a 7-2 lead at the first timeout.

CSU only turned the ball over seven times and made 41.7 percent of its three pointers.

The Rams looked as if they were going to take away an easy win after only allowing 18 points in the first half.

“Rotations were good today,” junior Hayley Thompson said. “We put up more points and were able to get the needed shots off.”

CSU continued to make shots right out of the locker room, as Thompson led the team with back to back three-pointers in the opening minutes.

The only player able to shoot the long ball accurately, Thompson only missed one three-point attempt compared to the team average of 47 percent

Beginning to fade, CSU lost their motivation after increasing the lead by 12 points with less than 16 minutes left in the game.

“We knew that Air Force was going to shoot well,” CSU coach Ryun Williams said.
“In the second half we looked tired, they became the aggressor.”

Decreasing the 15 point gap to nine points, Air Force continued to make three-point shots and draw fouls to the line.

“We weren’t shooting very well,” Thompson said. “We fell a little in the second, weren’t as clean.”

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The Falcons and Rams played fast ball as both offense and defenses rotated to blocked quick passes and under the basket shots.

Continuing to push through, the Air Force came back to life in the second half and decreased the gap to 44-36 with 12:35 remaining in the game.

Air Force almost doubled the points put up in the first half within the first ten minutes of the second.

“They tried to make it a street fight,” Williams said. “We let down in the second half.”

Only scoring 18 points in the first half and 42 in the second, the Falcons were constantly looking to make up for the 32 points scored in the first and 35 in the second by the Rams.

CSU won for the second time in a row at home after dropping its previous three games in Moby Arena.

“Any win is a great win,” Williams said. “It is about making winning plays at good times.”