Rams extend winning streak to six on the West Coast

Luke Zahlmann

Colorado State women’s basketball increased their win streak to a half-dozen on Saturday and sent San Jose State in the opposite direction, increasing their losing streak to six with a final tally of 73-66.

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Hannah Tvrdy goes up for a layup against Wyoming during the Border War game at Moby Arena on Jan. 13. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

San Jose State welcomed the Rams to a block party, stuffing four attempts at the rim, while also forcing five turnovers in the early-going. The Rams were kept in the contest early by way of their proficiency beyond the arc, hitting three of their five attempts in the opening quarter. The Rams shot 29.4 percent from the field.

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Freshman Cydni Lewis proved to be a thorn in the side of the Rams’ offense that had come in on a hot streak. Lewis had three blocks in the opening quarter, closing down the lane for the Rams and forcing their offense to make hay outside. The Rams gained their lead by way of an early 10-0 run before going cold to end the period.

Once again, coach Ryun Williams switched his lineup, inserting Annie Brady, Sofie Tryggedsson and Jordyn Edwards into the lineup alongside mainstays Hannah Tvrdy and Stine Austgulen. The lineup featured firepower from outside, with a lack of size inside, a key component of the Rams having little success at the rim early.

After a disappointing start inside, the Rams transitioned themselves to a jump-shot friendly offense, adjusting to the Spartans’ tenacity inside. The switch proved to be beneficial for the Rams as they extended their lead from only two after the first, to 14 going into the half. They shot 56.3 percent from the field in the second quarter, a far cry from their first-quarter struggles.

“We’re going to have our stretches where we don’t score for a couple minutes,” Williams said. “But everybody seems to be locked in and in a pretty aggressive mindset right now.”

The offensive unit gelling is nothing new for the Rams as they have truly taken off in the scoring department as the season has gone on. Led by Tvrdy, the Rams have increased their per game totals nearly every game during their six-game streak.

“If we could move the ball from side to side, we felt we could get the ball to the rim,” Williams said. “Tvrdy did a nice job finishing, (Edwards) had a couple really good drives and those two are kind of attack mentality kids.”

Tvrdy served as the star of the game, registering 22 points to go with six rebounds and three assists. The scoring output is nothing new for the senior as her hot streak continues, converting itself from a trend to a consistent feat, spanning over a month.

Rolling with three guards for much of the contest, the Rams held a speed advantage on both sides of the ball for much of the day. A usually stout defense, the trend continued for the visitors as they held the Spartans to a mere 24 points in the opening half.

The second half was an uphill battle for the hosts, with the Spartans doing their best to comeback against the Rams. What was once a 20-point lead, turned quickly into a single-digit fight between the two squads. A lack of scoring and defensive miscues by the Rams served as the catalyst for the comeback efforts.

“As that second half wore on, you just know they were gonna make a few threes,” Williams said. “Then they started driving it down our throat a little bit and we missed a few, but (we) finished it off nicely. It was a good, hard fought road win.”

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Despite the surge from the Spartans, the Rams were able to come out on top, having led the game for every tick of the clock sans a 25 second interval in the opening quarter.

The Rams will head home to defend their winning streak following a full week off due to a lack of a Wednesday matchup. Moby will place host to visiting Fresno State next Saturday with tip at 2 p.m.

Collegian sports reporter Luke Zahlmann can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @lukezahlmann.