Ram Women Defeat Brigham Young 75-65

Colorado State women's basketball team made 14 of 16 free throws in the final five minutes of the game, and the Rams captured a 75-65 victory over BYU in a crucial Mountain West Conference game. Colorado State improves to 19-4 overall and 8-1 in league play, while the Cougars fall to 15-7 overall and 6-3 in the conference.

Junior center Shannon Strecker finally broke her string of 15-point games, scoring 19 to lead all scorers. Strecker had scored 15 points in the three previous games. Also hitting double figures in the scoring column for the Rams were senior guard Angie Gorton with 18 and freshman guard Ashley Venekamp with 12. This marks the first game in the conference season that Venekamp has scored in double figures, and the second time in her career. Strecker also led the Rams in rebounds, with seven, including four offensive boards.

"Life on the edge. It's sweet when you win," stated Head Coach Tom Collen when he first walked into the interview room. "Shannon did an outstanding job for us tonight and Ashley Venekamp was a key for us down the stretch. She's become one of our best defensive stoppers and the job she did on (Stacy) Jensen at the end was crucial."

Four Cougars scored in double figures, led by Erin Thorn with 17. Jennifer Leitner chipped in 14, while Melanie Pearson scored 13 and Stacy Jensen added 12 in a losing effort. Leitner also led BYU in rebounds, grabbing a game-high 10.

The Rams had seven different players hit three pointers in the game, all in the first half. It marks the first time in 37 games that at least seven players have hit a shot from beyond the arc. Eight players hit a triple against Air Force last season on Jan. 25, 2001, as the team made 13 of 24 attempts.

Colorado State will travel to UNLV and San Diego State for its last road trip of the conference season. The Rams will face the Rebels on Thursday evening and then play the Aztecs on Saturday afternoon.


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