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SDSU Women's Basketball Falls At Colorado State, 63-50

Michelle Elliott had 17 points and matched a career high with eight rebounds at CSU.
Michelle Elliott had 17 points and matched a career high with eight rebounds at CSU.

Jan. 20, 2005

Box Score

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The San Diego State women's basketball team came up short in its first Mountain West Conference road game of the season, as the Aztecs fell to Colorado State, 63-50, Thursday evening at Moby Arena. With the loss, SDSU dropped to 6-8 overall and 1-1 in the MWC, while CSU improved to 10-6 and claimed their first league game of the year to move to 1-2.

Aztec junior Michelle Strawberry (Corona, Calif.) scored in double-figures for the second straight game, ending up with a career-best 20 points, including four threes, doubling her previous career game-high in that category. Sophomore Michelle Elliott (Pasco, Wash.) added 17 points and matched a career high with eight rebounds, while Veronica Shaw had five assists and three steals to lead the Aztec defensive effort.

SDSU set a program record for most three-point attempts for the third time this season, launching 29 to beat the previous mark of 28 versus Canisius on Jan. 4. The Aztecs had eight three-pointers, but shot only 31 percent from the field.

The game opened with four lead changes in the first 7:10 with the Aztecs going up by as many five points at 14-9 on the heels of a 7-0 run with a three-pointer by Elliott, a lay-up by Jessica Huettl (Eau Claire, Wis.) and a jumper from Strawberry. CSU would respond with a run of its own, outscoring the Aztecs 11-3 to go up by three points at 20-17. Strawberry's second three of the half equalized the game at 20 apiece, before a pair of free throws and a Ram basket put them up by four at the half, 24-20.

CSU opened its lead up to six with the first bucket of the second half, but SDSU got back to within two at 26-28, following three free throws by Elliott and a triple from Kate Eveland (Southlake, Texas). The Rams, however, exploited the Aztecs poor shooting to run their advantage up to double-figures at 11 on two occasions at 40-29 and 42-31. After several misses, Elliott regained her shooting touch, scoring six of SDSU next eight points to get SDSU back to within five points at 42-37.

The Rams then used their 23-7 advantage in free throw attempts to extend their lead all the way out to 14 points. The Aztecs would get back to within eight with under three minutes remaining, but CSU outlasted SDSU in the end, 63-50.

CSU's Melissa Dennett recorded a double-double with 22 points and 13 boards in the win.

San Diego State completes its first Mountain West Conference road trip when it heads to Wyoming for a Saturday afternoon meeting at 2 p.m. (MST) with the Cowgirls at Arena Auditorium.