Women's basketball recap: CSU falls in 2OT thriller

Dec. 30, 2012

BRONX, N.Y. – It took an extra 10 minutes of play, but Colorado State lost the battle for dominance among Rams’ schools, 64-59, in double overtime.

CSU falls to 3-9 and Fordham improves to 8-5. After an early deficit for CSU, the game was close until the very end, with nine ties and six lead changes.

Colorado State needed a three-pointer with 13 seconds remaining in the first overtime. Sam Martin hit the shot with 4.9 seconds remaining, sending the game into a second OT. Fordham was in the bonus though, and CSU had to foul late. Fordham hit its free-throws in the end as time expired.

“This should just fuel the fire even more, said Head Coach Ryun Williams. “The execution was good. Sam (Martin) hitting the three was great.”

Colorado State shot 41.4 percent on the day, a season-high. It was the third time this year the team shot a field-goal percentage of .400 or above. Martin was the team’s leading scorer with 13, but production came from everyone on the court, with five players with at least eight points for CSU.

Seven turnovers and 12.5 percent shooting were to blame for CSU’s slow start. Fordham was up 13-3 when freshman Taylor Varsho came off the bench, sparking a CSU 9-0 run. From that point on, Colorado State’s shooting percentage improved to .417 and the team took a one-point lead with 1 minute left in the first half.

“(Varsho) played great tonight, commented Williams. “She provided a lot of energy. We want to play kids who are really buying in and play their tails off.”

After just one point out of the non-starters vs. Providence Saturday, CSU’s bench production increased exponentially, with 17 points. Varsho tallied eight points on the afternoon, her highest total since CSU’s opener vs. Montana State.

Also nicknamed the Rams, Fordham and CSU are two of four Division-I schools with the horned mascot. The other two are Rhode Island and VCU. Aside from Colorado State, all three of the other Rams’ schools are in the Atlantic 10. This is just the second time CSU has been a part of a Rams vs. Rams battle. They last played Rhode Island in a neutral site matchup on Dec. 28, 1996. Colorado State was victorious, defeating URI, 77-60, in New Orleans.

Colorado State started the same five from Saturday’s game: Forte, Duffy, Nichols, Spotton and Martin.

CSU will celebrate the New Year at home before hosting D-II opponent South Dakota Tech on Jan. 4. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. MT.