The Fresno State women’s basketball team came out slow and sluggish Wednesday, at times appearing lost against Colorado State.
The Rams were just the opposite — jumping to a 16-point halftime lead en route to a 70-56 victory against the Bulldogs in Fort Collins.
The loss was Fresno State’s fourth in a row in Mountain West Conference play, dropping the Bulldogs two games behind leader Colorado State in the regular-season standings.
The Bulldogs (17-7, 9-4 MW) missed their first eight shots. The Rams took advantage with their own hot shooting, hitting 46.9% (15 of 32) from the field in the opening half.
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Hanne Mestdagh fueled Colorado State (19-6, 11-3) from long range, making 3 of 5 3-pointers in the opening half, including a buzzer-beater that banked off the glass for a 39-23 lead at halftime.
Fresno State rallied in the second half before the game got away.
The Rams’ Ellen Nystrom converted a three-point play on a layup and free throw to start to start the second half, but the Bulldogs clawed their way back over the next 7 minutes, going on a 12-0 scoring run that saw them pull within five.
Then the tables turned following a layup by the Rams’ Elin Gustavsson that ended Fresno State’s run.
On the in-bound pass, Bulldogs guard Alex Furr was bumped to the floor by Colorado State’s Keyora Wharry (Edison High/Fresno City) as she turned to defend in transition.
While down, Furr turned and her legs got tangled with a retreating Wharry. Furr then got to her feet and took a hard shove from Wharry before the two were separated by referees and teammates.
After a review by the officials, both were given technicals and sent to the bench (Wharry never re-entered the game, Furr did). From there, any momentum the Bulldogs had fizzled and Colorado State pumped its lead back into double figures.
The Bulldogs were led by Alex Sheedy’s double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Junior center Toni Smith added 10 points and eight boards.
Nystrom led the Rams with a game-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw lines. Gustavsson added 18 and Mestdagh 12 for Colorado State.