CSU women drop overtime thriller to Wyoming, 69-64

Laramie, WYO. -- For the first time in 13 tries, the Wyoming women's basketball team defeated Colorado State, doing so in a thrilling overtime contest, 69-64. Colorado State moves to 11-8 overall and 2-3 in the Mountain West Conference with the loss, while the Cowgirls improve to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in league action.

It was a game of big runs as Wyoming used two different 13-2 runs -- one towards the end of the first half and another early in the second half -- and the Rams used a 17-2 run in the second half to take its first lead of the second half at 51-49. 

Colorado State was led by senior forward Katie Borton with 14 points and for the second game in a row, she buried four three-pointers to tie her career high.  Freshman center Lindsay Thomas was the other Ram in double figures with 11 points, while both Borton and senior forward Ashley Augspurger led the team with five rebounds.  Augspurger also led the team with a career-high six assists and sophomore guard Jasai Ferrucho led all players with two steals.

Wyoming was led by sophomore guard Ashley Elliott, who scored a career-high 24 points -- including four three pointers -- and senior forward Carrie Bacon with 13 points.  Senior forward Chassie Wiersma had a game-high nine rebounds a team-high four assists.  Four different Cowgirls recorded a steal in the game.

This was the first overtime game of the season for the Rams.  Last season these two teams also played to overtime in Laramie, with the Rams winning the 64-62 contest.  This also marks the second loss of the season when the Rams enter the locker room tied at halftime.  The other game was against Boston College.

"You have to put the game away in overtime," said head coach Chris Denker.  "We didn't make our free throws and make the little chip shots and they did.  Jasai was really aggressive for us tonight and has really played well the last two games for us."

Colorado State and Wyoming will both play on the road next week.  On Thursday the Rams will play at San Diego State while the Cowgirls will face UNLV and then the two teams will switch for Saturday's contests.

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