Women drop tough one at New Mexico

Colorado State women's basketball team lost its first game in Mountain West Conference play, dropping a 56-50 decision to New Mexico at "The Pit." The Rams fall to 16-4 overall and 5-1 in league action. New Mexico improves to 16-5 overall and 5-2 in the Mountain West.

Shannon Strecker, in her first start back since straining her shoulder against BYU, scored a team-high 15 points and nailed her first career three-pointer. Jackie Campbell added 11 points and Ashley Ausgpurger chipped in 10 in the four-point loss. Angie Gorton led the team with seven rebounds and four assists.

Colorado State made a season-low five shots in the second-half and committed a season high 25 turnovers. The Rams were also out-rebounded by 10 and gave up 20 offensive rebounds.

"We got the same kind of open looks, they just didn't go down in the second half," said Head Coach Tom Collen. "Defensively we were very good except we didn't box out and we knew that would be the key tonight."

New Mexico was led by Lindsey Arndt with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Chelsea Grear added 11 points and 10 boards. Mandi Moore led the Lobos with four assists.

The Rams will travel to Colorado Springs to face Air Force on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Air Force lost a four-point decision to Wyoming at the Academy.

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