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Colorado State 99 – Colorado School of Mines 45 (Women)

November 19, 2014

The ingredients were there for a sub-par performance.

The Lady Rams were coming off a difficult home loss to Hawaii. A very physical affair that left their starting All-Conference backcourt of Gritt Ryder and AJ Newton injured. It was a game where the Rams had trouble defending the paint. And they had shot less than 30% and appeared to be suffering from a hangover as they were struggling to do anything offensively in subsequent practices.

And theres always the chance for a lack of focus when your opponent is a team from a lower level.

No worries!

The Lady Rams jumped out to a 29-2 lead in the first 8+ minutes and cruised their way to an easy win as they executed on both ends of the floor and stayed focused for 40 minutes.

They began with attacks in the paint by Ellen Nystrom and Emelie Hesseldal. They continued with perimeter shooting from newcomer Jamie Patrick and Hanne Mestdagh. And then more attacks into the interior by newcomer Keyorra Wharry and Elie Gustavsson. When all was said and done, the Rams shot 58% from the field including 55% from beyond the arc. 24 assists vs. only 8 turnovers.

On the defensive end, Hesseldal provided the physical presence in the paint and Victoria Wells the ball-hawking on the perimeter. They forced 24 turnovers and held the Orediggers to 27% shooting for the game.

Patrick led the way with 31 points including 8-13 from beyond the arc. Wharry had 21 with 7 assists. Gustavsson had 15 with 9 rebounds and fellow Swede Nystrom delivered 14. Mestdagh came of the bench and scored 12 on 4-7 shooting. Wells was scoreless but had 7 assists and 8 rebounds; a near doubler-double without scoring a point!

Now its on to a more difficult run as they host Illinois State at Moby on Sunday before heading down to Bowdah for a holiday tourney.

Injury Update – Gritt Ryder suffered a foot injury vs. Hawaii and sat out the game. She was wearing a boot but is starting to feel comfortable enough that she thinks she’ll be back for Illinois State. AJ Newton gave it a go last night for a few minutes at the start of either half. She was limping visibly but tried to tough it out. What was originally thought to be a cramp will have her getting an MRI shortly.

Patrick’s Record Night – Jamie Patrick tied the CSU record for 3-point shots made in a single game at 8. The record is shared by Kim Mestdagh, Sara Hunter, and (cue the church music) Becky Hammon who did it twice. Patrick has beautiful form, with a high release and a high arc as well. Its reminiscent of the form of recent mens player Wes Eikmeier. She says she learned how to shoot from her dad and from playing against a pair of older sisters. She also wants people to know that she’s 5’11’, not 5’10” as listed in the media guide!

Victoria Wells and her near double-double A hard-nosed and smart player who can pressure the ball, grab tough rebounds, and set up her teammates. I’ve seen a lot of basketball in my day and dont think I’ve ever seen a scoring line that came as close to a double-double without a point being scored.

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