Women defeat Wyoming, 73-51

Behind a game-high 23 points from senior forward Ashley Augspurger, the Colorado State women's basketball team defeated the Wyoming Cowgirls 73-51 in front of 3,286 fans in Moby Arena to move to 15-11 overall and 6-6 in Mountain West Conference action. The Cowgirls fall to 16-9 overall and 6-6 in league tilts.

The two teams are now tied for fifth in the conference and are a half game behind both New Mexico and UNLV with identical 6-5 league records.

Augspurger led all players with 23 points, marking the second time this season and the ninth time in her career she has tallied at least 20 in a game. The senior hit four three-pointers in the contest and also tied for second on the team with six rebounds.

The other Ram in double figures in scoring was senior center Shannon Strecker with 14 points and she led all players with 10 rebounds, marking the seventh double-double of her career. Senior forward Jackie Campbell had a season-high with six rebounds and freshman center Lindsay Thomas also grabbed six boards, including four on the offensive end of the floor. Senior forward Katie Borton led all players with five assists, tying her career high.

"I was really happy with our effort," said Head Coach Chris Denker.  "We executed pretty well defensively. The turnovers got us early in the first half but we took care of the ball really well in the second half."

Wyoming was led by senior forward Carrie Bacon with 13 points and seven rebounds, while junior guard Brenda Pickup added 12 points and had a game-high six steals.  Both Bacon and Pickup nailed three three-pointers in the game.

"They shot the ball extremely well," said Wyoming Head Coach Cindy Fisher. "Ashley Augspurger was absolutely phenomenal tonight. They (CSU) are very good at home, as pretty much everyone is in this conference, but Ashley stepped it up tonight."

Both Colorado State and Wyoming will host UNLV and San Diego State next week. The Rams will face UNLV on Wednesday evening, while the Cowgirls will face the Aztecs. Then on Friday evening on senior night for both squads, the Aztecs will face the Rams, while UNLV and Wyoming will square off. All four games are scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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