Rams Stop Skid, Beat Loyola Marymount, 71-57

CSU-SID -In their last non-conference game of the season, the Colorado State Women's basketball team defeated Loyola Marymount 71-57 to improve to 11-3. The Lions fell to 8-5 with the loss.

Senior guard Angie Gorton tied a season-high with 20 points to lead the Rams, while Jackie Campbell chipped in 15 and Ashley Augspurger added 11. Shannon Strecker led everyone with 13 rebounds. CSU shot .455 from the field -more than 15 percent better than Wednesday's loss to Marquette.

"We simply pounded the ball inside better tonight, especially in the first half," said Head Coach Tom Collen. "We worked on our zone offense in practice yesterday and today and I think it showed. We were a little more creative tonight -- getting the ball on the floor and playing a little bit more inside-outside."

Loyola Marymount was led by Kate Murray with 18 points, while Jacquelyn Woods came off the bench to score 13 and Bryn Britton 11. With her fifth point of the game, Britton became the Lions all-time leading scorer and now has 1,443 points in her three-plus seasons. LMU hit nine three-pointers in the game, tying for the second most in school history and just one shy of the school record.

After making just 13 field goals in the entire game on Wednesday night, the Rams responding by hitting 12 in the first half. They ended the evening making 25 of their 55 attempts. CSU was also better from the free throw line, making 15 of 20 attempts tonight.

"I'm very pleased with both Ashley Venekamp and Jasai (Ferrucho) at the point tonight," said Collen. "They both did a great job and are able to give us very different looks when they're on the floor."

Venekamp scored six points and had one assist and one steal with no turnovers in 21 minutes, while Ferrucho scored four points, had three steals and one assist with no turnovers in 19 minutes of action. The Rams tied for a season low 10 turnovers in the game, matching the 10 from the first game of the season against Sacramento State.

Colorado State will begin Mountain West Conference action on Thursday evening at BYU at 7:00 p.m. and then will play at Utah on Saturday afternoon at 3:30. The next home contest for the Rams will be on January 17 against San Diego State. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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