Ram Women Blow by Cougars To Open MWC Play

The 23rd-ranked Colorado State women's basketball team won its first conference game, rolling past BYU 81-64 in front of 453 fans at the Marriott Center in Provo . The Rams improved to 12-3 on the season, while BYU fells to 9-5.

Junior Ashley Augspurger led a contingent of five Rams in double figures with 22 points, Shw was five-of-seven shooting from beyond the three-point line. Sophomore Jasai Ferrucho scored a career-high 16 points, while Jackie Campbell scored 12. Lisa Narkiewicz added 11 and Angie Gorton chipped in 10. Ferrucho also added a career-high six assists on the evening. Narkiewicz also added a game-high nine rebounds in the win.

The Rams made a season-high 29 of 33 free throws, with three players going a perfect four-of-four from the line (Gorton, Katie Borton and Campbell). CSU also made eight of 14 three-pointers on the evening and held BYU, a team that averages over nine triples a game, to just five three-pointers. Colorado State also shot a season-high 55 percent from the field.

"I thought our defense was excellent tonight," said Head Coach Tom Collen. "I'm just very pleased with the way we played. This was a great win for us and a great way to start conference."

With her second three-pointer on the night, Augspurger became one of just six players in school history to hit 100 three-pointers in a career. She now has 103 in her career.

The Cougars scored the first four points of the game, but Augspurger nailed the first of her five three-pointers to close the gap. The game would go back-and-forth for the first 10 minutes, but with the score knotted at 17, the Rams would explode to score the next 15 points and close out the half with a 21-2 scoring run.

BYU made several runs during the second half, but were unable to get any closer than 12 points, which they did five different times. The largest lead for the Rams reached 20 on three occasions, all in the second half of the game.

Colorado State will face Utah on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 in the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. The Rams then return home to play San Diego State on Jan. 17.

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