Colorado State shot 37.3 percent from the field, after shooting a season-low 24.1 percent in the first-half. The Rams shot just 25.0 percent from beyond the arc, connecting on eight of 32 attempts. The Rams also struggled from the free throw line, shooting just 54.8 percent.
"This was a huge win for us," said Head Coach Tom Collen. "To start conference play 2-0 is huge in this league. This is the first triple overtime game I've ever coached and it was very exciting."
Utah was led by Erin Gibbons with 24 points, while Katherine McColl scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, while Lauren Beckman scored 13 points and brought down a game-high 18 rebounds. Lindsay Herbert also scored in double figures, with 11 points for the Utes. The Utes tallied 70 rebounds in the game, completely dominating the Rams on the boards, 70-54.
The game started slow for both teams. Nine minutes into the game, the two squads had combined for only six field goals and both teams were shooting under 30 percent.
The Rams trailed by a many as 13 in the first half, but closed the gap to six wih a 7-2 run to end the half. The Utes opened the second half with a 13-2 run to take a 17-point lead with 13:09 remaining, but the Rams would answer with a 10-1 run of their own and tie the game off a Gorton jumper with 5.4 seconds remaining in regulation.
The first overtime saw McColl score first on a jumper, but the Rams would score the next six. Utah would answer with two layups to tie the contest for the sixth time and send the game to a second overtime. The teams traded baskets, with no team leading by more than two. With 16.4 seconds left and the game knotted at 74-74, Utah committed a shot clock violation and the Rams got the ball. Jasai Ferrucho missed the shot and the game would go to triple overtime.
The Rams ended the second overtime with just six available players after Joy Jenkins, Borton and Lisa Narkiewicz all fouled out. The Rams started the game with just nine players after Shannon Strecker was injured in the BYU game Thursday evening and unable to play.
The third OT was all Colorado State, and the guards for the Rams. Ferrucho nailed back-to-back layups and made the free throw off the foul by Gibbons to give the Rams a six-point advantage, 81-75. Gorton would then hit consecutive jumpers with a Gibbons layup sandwiched between to give CSU an eight-point lead at 85-77. Utah would then foul to get the ball back and the Rams would go on to win 87-77.
Colorado State returns home to face San Diego State on Thursday and UNLV on Saturday. The game against the Rebels will be televised on FOX Sports Rocky Mountain. The game Thursday will be at 7:00, while Saturday's game is scheduled to tip at 2:00 p.m.