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Colorado State 84 – UNLV 64 (Women)

February 27, 2014

Thank god I’m not on deadline. Cuz I just wrote up my game report and accidentally hit the discard button. And since I write from the heart and from memory, the second version is never as good as the first.

So much to cover and where to,start?

Easy. One word.

Champions!

The Colorado State Lady Rams wrapped up their first Mountai. west regular season championship in umpteen years with a resounding victory over the Scarlett O’Hara’s of Las Vegas.

But don’t let the final score fool you. It wasn’t a laugher as the Lady Rebels led for most of the first half on their way to a 37-32 lead at the break. They were shooting well from both,inside and out. And the Lady Rams were a little too reliant on the perimeter game and struggling to corral rebounds on either end.

The second half began much the same way as the first half had gone. CSU’s Gritt Ryder was stripped of the ball on the Rams first possession and the Rebels scored an east breakaway layup.

In less than 4 minutes, the Rebels had pushed their halftime lead to 9 at 47-38.

They say basketball is a game of runs. Go on a couple of runs yourself and limit your opponent’s runs and the game will most likely go in your favor.

Easier said than done.

A run requires great defense, great rebounding, grabbing loose balls. It also requires sound ball handling and great shooting.

What hit the Lady Rebels over the next 11 minutes wasn’t a run.

It was a tsunami!

It started and ended with field goals by senior center Sam Martin. In between was some rock solid defense, especially by Ellen Nystrom on UNLV’s Mia Bell, who had been controlling the game. And some incredible perimeter shooting by AJ Newton,who nailed three straight three balls in less than two minutes.

From the 16 minute mark to the 5 minute mark, the Lady Rams had out scored UNLV 30-4 and pushed their lead to 68-51.

30-4!

All that was left was to finish the game out and remove the major players for ovations from the Moby faithful and hugs from Head Coach Ryun Williams. The biggest hugs were reserved for the two seniors, Sam Martin and Hayley Thompson. Martin and Thompson had come full circle in their careers at CSU. They had gone from the bottom of the league to the top. And they leave with one word in mind.

Champions!

All that was left was to wait out the result of the Fresno State – Boise State game. When Fresno won in OT, the Rams had an outright championship and it was on to cutting down nets.

Beautiful!

More thought

Team Chemistry – Successful basketball teams have talent and chemistry that allows them to play as one. It is unusual for a team with so many newcomers to have such instant success. Ryun Williams and his staff have done an incredible job bringing these players together. These women look like they’ve been playing together all of their lives.

The Swedish Goddess of Thunder – Ellen Nystrom is one of the best players to ever take the floor at Moby. She is tall, runs like a deer, defends tenaciously and is a great rebounder. She also possesses one of the prettiest jump shots I’ve seen in the women’s game. She brings the hammer every game.

Ryun Williams – Who could possibly have anticipated that he would lead a team to a conference championship in less than two years at the helm. He and his staff have done a great job of recruiting players, he has the team prepared to play night in and night out, and he’s a very good in game coach as well. An easy choice as MWC coach of the Year this season. And the recipient of a victory cigar, a la Red Auerbach.

Even better, he received the following message from a former CSU coach last night:

CONGRATS! he’s a stud. Helluva coach especially being from WYO.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Fartsmeller permalink
    February 27, 2014 4:58 pm

    Big crowd as usual for CSU. If they only had an on campus arena!!

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