Women’s basketball looks to extend 7-game win streak

Bailey Bassett

Player walks out onto the court
Lore Devos (35) walks onto the court before the University’s game vs the University of Wyoming Feb. 6. CSU wins 68-65. (Devin Cornelius | The Collegian)

The Colorado State University women’s basketball team has been running through the Mountain West Conference this year. This week, they will face their biggest challenge yet.

CSU lost their lone game against New Mexico last season 62-73. The Rams are a much-improved squad all across the board and will desperately want to continue their win streak.”

On Friday and Saturday, the Rams will play one game per day against the team nipping at their heels in conference play. The University of New Mexico, currently at number two in the conference standings, is 9-2 overall with a 6-2 conference record. CSU leads the Mountain West with a conference record of 10-2.


The Rams are on a seven-game win streak and have the most wins in the conference. Overconfidence will be something to avoid as they enter this week’s contest against UNM, a team having a stellar season in their own right. The Rams’ and the Lobos‘ only losses this season come from split series against California State University, Fresno, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

CSU is fresh off a sweep against the University of Wyoming in this year’s Border War series. Both games against Wyoming were close, with their most recent victory decided by just three points. This series indicated that CSU could win close games down the stretch, something they had not needed to do after blowing out their opponents in the four matchups prior to the Wyoming series.

The contest against the Lobos is sure to be a shootout. CSU and UNM occupy the top two spots in the conference in average points scored per game. The Lobos take the top spot, averaging 83.5 points a game — just under two more than the Rams. 

CSU’s offense has been on a different level all year long, especially from deep. They are shooting 40.4% from deep with 144 makes, both ranking first in the Mountain West. CSU’s big three, Lore Devos, McKenna Hofschild and Tori Williams have been key components behind this dominating Rams team. Devos and Hofschild are averaging over 14 points per game. Both have been an absolute problem for defenses and are able to seemingly score at will against opponents.

Graduate student Karly Murphy is playing her way into the starting lineup as the latest player to achieve an average point total of double figures. Murphy’s average of 10.7 points per game is in large part due to her incredible 17 point, 10 rebound performance during her most recent start in the Ram’s second win against Wyoming. 

The Rams do have a slight edge on the defensive side in comparison to the Lobos. CSU is allowing 66 points per game while New Mexico is allowing 70.4, which ranks near the bottom of the conference.

CSU lost their lone game against New Mexico last season 62-73. The Rams are a much-improved squad all across the board and will desperately want to continue their win streak. The latest ESPN bracket has CSU as a 13 seed in the March Madness tournament. A couple of good wins against New Mexico would be sure to boost that and perhaps even get CSU some looks in the AP Top 25 rankings. 

Bailey Bassett can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @baileybassett_.