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By: Danielle Marshall
FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- The Colorado State women's basketball team fell to the Wyoming Cowgirls, 65-51, during their final home game of the season Wednesday evening at Moby Arena.
The Cowgirls (23-6, 12-4 MW) began the game on a 12-0 scoring run over the Rams (10-18, 6-9 MW) in the first half of the game before senior Meghan Heimstra went up strong for the layup with 11:30 left in the half. Heimstra was the only player to score for CSU until freshman Taylor Varsho hit a three at the 6-minute mark. Colorado State ended the half down 32-23.
Heimstra showed her senior leadership keeping the Rams in the game all the way down to the final minutes. Colorado State was only down by eight points with 3:30 seconds to go, but late fouls gave Wyoming the win.
"She's been a big time competitor here as of late," Head Coach Ryun Williams said of the lone senior. "We've said that for a number of games constitutively. She's a big time Division I athlete. When she wants the basketball and wants that position, she's gonna get it. She did what a senior's supposed to do. I think Meghan single handily, and the stats show it, kept us in the game. Without Meghan I would have hate to see what the score would have been."
Heimstra ended her home-game career phenomenally with 32 points, a career high, and seven blocks, also a career high. Heimstra is now ranked first in CSU all-time history in blocks in a season with 51. The 6-2 senior also recorded five rebounds and two steals. This is the senior's ninth game in double-digits this season.
The last time a Colorado State player scored over 30 points was on Nov. 17, 2011 against Tulsa, when Kim Mestdagh put up 35 points.
Varsho came off the bench and put up six points for the Rams. The freshman also had two steals and four rebounds on the night.
"You know you can count on her," Williams commented. "She's fearless. If UCONN came tomorrow night, she's going to play just like that. Other kids might be a little timid, but not Varsho. We needed that spark."
Junior Alicia Nichols came off the bench and added five points for the Rams, as well as three assists and two rebounds. Junior Sam Martin recorded four points, two assists, seven rebounds and one block.
Colorado State will travel to Nevada Saturday evening for it's final regular season game. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT.