CSU women’s basketball continues offensive woes in Border War blowout

Sergio Santistevan

If the Colorado State women’s basketball team wasn’t a believer in the idea of déjà vu, then Saturday’s game against the University of Wyoming might have changed their mind.

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Colorado State’s Liah Davis (34) scores against San Jose State Wednesday, Feb. 20. The Rams fell to the Spartans 78-70. (Skyler Pradhan | Collegian)

In the second game of the annual Border War series, the Rams were looking to snap the Cowgirls eight-game winning streak in Laramie, but the lack of offense led to their 17th loss on the season 56-32.

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In the first ten minutes of action, both teams came out to a sluggish offensive start. Much like their first meeting with the Cowgirls, CSU’s offense struggled to gain any sort of momentum when they missed their first six shots.

The Rams relied on sophomore guard Lore Devos to get them out of their shooting slump. Devos scored the first points for the Rams when she made two free throws with three minutes remaining in the quarter, and the first field goal shortly thereafter.

Devos’ momentum led the way for center Liah Davis to find success in the paint. In the last meeting with the Cowgirls, Davis scored a career-high 21 points on 6-for-15 shooting from the field and 9-for-12 shooting from the free throw line. Davis also recorded career-highs in rebounds and steals, with nine and three respectively.

Led by Davis, the Rams outscored the Cowgirls and held them to a 41.7 field goal percentage in the second quarter, but still were never able to gain the lead.

Going into the second half only trailing by five points, CSU was within striking distance; however, Wyoming had a different plan, and CSU’s offense went from bad to worse. The Rams went more than nine minutes before scoring their first goal of the quarter and ended the quarter with only five points in total, shooting 22.2 percent from the field.

With a double-digit deficit going into the fourth quarter, the scoring margin was too much to overcome for the Rams as the offense only managed twelve points total in the second half.

As a team, Wyoming came into the matchup second in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage (41.4), but the Rams defense held the Cowgirls to five three-point field goals and a 33.3 shooting percentage from beyond the arc.

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Colorado State’s Lore Devos (35) makes a layup against San Jose State Wednesday, Feb. 20. The Rams fell to the Spartans 78-70. (Skyler Pradhan | Collegian)

With her family in the stands for the first time, Wyoming’s Marta Gomez continued her senior season with her first career double-double. Bailee Cotton added 17 points for the Cowgirls.

Davis led the Rams with 12 points and six rebounds, while Devos recorded nine points and three rebounds.

CSU outscored the Cowgirls in the paint 20-12 but lost the turnover battle 13-6. The 32 points were the lowest in any game this season for the Rams.

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CSU (8-17, 2-12) will see if they can gain any sort of momentum before the Mountain West Tournament as they return home to face Boise State University Wednesday night in a 7 p.m. showdown dawning their State Pride uniforms.

Collegian sports reporter Sergio Santistevan can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @TheRealsSergio.