LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Colorado State women’s basketball continued its storied run, winning its sixth straight Wednesday over UNLV, 66-48.
The victory is the Rams’ (17-4, 9-1 MW) seventh road win of the season, which is the most in 13 years. CSU is now at nine conference victories, which is the most in two years, and the win streak is the longest in Mountain West action since 2000-01.
“I thought we were the better running team early,” commented Head Coach Ryun Williams “We got some easy baskets early. I think they got tired earlier than we did. It helped to get the layups early and to get calmed down and comfortable. Our zone to start the game was exceptional. It was active, we got deflections, we were on shooters, we rebounded really well. That was the reason we started getting some separation.”
After six minutes of back-and-forth action, the Rams put together a small 7-0 run, and slowly built their lead up to 15 points by the intermission.
Elin Gustavsson was firing on all cylinders from opening tip. She converted on her first four attempts, and was the first to 10 points for either team by the 9:35 mark of the first half. She finished her night with a career-high 26 points and three steals. Her final tally in the points’ column is the most by any Ram this season.
Sam Martin and Gritt Ryder also registered double figures with 10 points each. Ellen Nystrom recorded a row of lucky seven’s, with a team-high seven assists, seven rebounds and seven points.
One of the Rebels (9-13, 6-4 MW) leading scorers, Danielle Miller was held to just two points, shooting 1-14 on the night. Rejane Verin was the team’s leader with 14.
"This is a tremendous win," added Williams. "We're capable of making a lot more of the shots than we did. They’re excited, but 'Gosh Coach, we could’ve played better.'"
Colorado State’s three-point show from last weekend was nowhere to be found this evening, but the Rams made up for it in the paint, with 30 points.
After averaging 5.9 steals per game before Saturday’s game vs. SDSU, CSU has totaled 27 snips in the past two contests, including a season-high 15 tonight.