For the second time in eight days, Colorado State University's women's basketball team walked from the Moby Arena court having upset a higher ranked top 25 team. A week ago, the Rams downed defending national champion Notre Dame. Wednesday night, four Colorado State players - led by Elizabeth English's 19 points - scored in double figures to lead the Rams to an 81-69 win over the University of Colorado Wednesday in a game in which both teams were ranked among the top 25 nationally.
Colorado entered the game with a 4-1 record, ranked 10th in one poll (USA Today) and 11th in another (A.P.) Coach Tom Collen's Rams were 15th and 16th, respectively, entering the game, played before a crowd of 5,261 in Moby Arena. English, a junior from Rushville, Ind., led a three-point barrage by the Rams, who made 10 of 21 shots behind the arc, compared to just four of 15 by Colorado.
"That was a great win. It was a hard-fought game, but an exciting win for our program," said Collen following the game. Colorado State was leading by 15 points, 64-39, with 13:40 to play on Jasai Ferrucho's three-pointer and seemed to have control of the game. Colorado went on an 11-0 run over the next 3:15 to pull within 4, 54-50, with 10:25 to play.
But Colorado would come no closer the rest of the way, and the Rams would settle for a 14-point final margin.
Colorado State opened the game by jumping to a 7-1 lead just two minutes into the contest. But Colorado stormed back using a 10-0 run to take the lead. The teams traded two more leads changes until Angie Gorton's jumper put the Rams up, 20-19 with 7:26 remaining in the first half. Colorado State would never trail again.
Colorado State outrebounded the taller Buffs, 44-34, including 11 by Shannon Strecker, who also scored 12 points, as did Gorton and Jackie Campbell, who joined English in double figures. Campbell led the Rams' first-half surge with 11 points.
The Rams shot 46 percent from the floor for the game, while holding Colorado to 34.8 percent. Colorado State is now 5-0 entering a game Dec. 3 in Moby Arena against the University of Nevada that closes the longest homestand - six games - in school history. Colorado dropped to 4-2.