Women move on to WNIT semifinals

Despite a game-high 26 points by former Rocky Mountain High School standout Evan Unrau, the Missouri Tigers were not able to win on the Colorado State floor, dropping a 62-61 decision to the Ram women.

The Rams move to the semifinals of the WNIT and move to 21-12 on the year.  The Tigers end their season with a 17-14 record.

Senior center Shannon Strecker led the Rams with 15 points and 10 rebounds and nailed two free throws in the final two minutes to bring the Rams within one, 61-60 with 47.1 remaining. Junior guard Jasai Ferrucho then went the length of the floor and made a layup with 7.5 seconds left to give the Rams the win.

Ferrucho ended the night with seven points, two assists and two steals. Junior forward Joy Jenkins was the other player in double figures, scoring 12 points. Senior forward Ashley Augspurger led the team with six assists and Strecker added two blocks.

"We made big, big plays at crucial times",said Colorado State head coach Chris Denker. "Several different players on the team stepped up and made big shots when we needed them to."

Unrau, a junior forward led all players with 26 points, while center Melanie Fisher added 12 points and 14 rebounds and Stretch James chipped in 10 in the Tiger loss. Senior guard Kerensa Barr also added seven assists.

"The best thing about Fort Collins is Evan Unrau," said Missouri head coach Cindy Stein. "This was a hard fought ball game and Colorado State is a very explosive offensive team."

The Rams advance to the semifinals of the WNIT where they will play at Baylor on Monday, March 31 at 7:00 (Central)/6:00 (Mountain). Baylor advances to the semifinals after defeating Fresno State Thursday night.

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