SDSU Women's Basketball Shocks Colorado State, 58-55
Jan. 24, 2004
SAN DIEGO - Aztec freshman guard Courtney Fritz's steal with four seconds left wrapped up SDSU's 58-55 women's basketball shocker over Colorado State at Cox Arena on Saturday night. The victory was the first in Mountain West Conference play for SDSU (6-10, 1-2 MWC), while the Rams (10-7, 1-3 MWC) dropped their third straight.
Fritz (Newberg, Ore.) not only had the timely steal, but nailed two clutch three-pointers in the final 3:05, including one with 1:07 left to give SDSU a 56-55 advantage, finishing with 15 points all from beyond the arc. Sophomore Veronica Shaw (Phoenix, Ariz.) scored half of her eight points in the final 2:21.
Aztec freshman Michelle Elliott (Pasco, Wash.) tallied 15 points in the first half on 6-of-11 shooting to reach double-figures for the 15th time in 16 contests this season. Senior Nicolette McCartny (Chicago, Ill.) added a career high seven assists and junior Lindsey Casey's (Odessa, Texas) collected a career best seven boards with the final one coming with just three seconds left in the contest.
The squads went back-and-forth the final four minutes (eight lead changes), with neither team garnering greater than a two-point lead until two Casey free throws with 1.3 remaining gave the Aztecs the final winning margin at 58-55.
Colorado State led for most of the first seven minutes of the game, before an Elliott three-pointer broke a 14-14 tie at the 12:38 mark. After the two sides traded baskets, a lay-up by SDSU sophomore Michelle Strawberry (Corona, Calif.) at 21-19 put the Aztecs in front, including at the half, 28-22.
The Aztecs played solid defense to open the second, 20-minute period, building as big as a 13-point lead at 35-22, while keeping Colorado State off the scoreboard for the first 6:08 of the second half. Two straight three-pointers by Ram Joy Jenkins then ignited a CSU run, as the two teams were all square at 46-46 with 3:16 remaining.
The SDSU win was the team's second straight at Cox Arena against Colorado State, having defeated the Rams, 60-47, last season. CSU were 21-13 a year ago and advanced to the WNIT semifinal.
Colorado State forward Melissa Dennett scored 14 points to lead her team in scoring, while Lindsay Thomas' added 10 rebounds.
San Diego State heads on the road for a two-game stretch, starting Thursday night at New Mexico, beginning at 7 p.m. MST.