Lore Devos scores 23 points in home victory

Colorado State women’s basketball defeated Eastern New Mexico University, 72-46 Tuesday night at Moby Arena. The victory over ENMU is CSU’s first of the regular season, after winning both exhibitions last week.

In the home victory for the Rams, CSU held the visiting Greyhounds to 23 percent shooting from the floor, and just 13 percent from beyond the 3-point arch. The stout defensive effort was key for head coach Ryun Williams, but he knows the stat sheet did not tell the entire story.

“Pretty good start to the first quarter. Then it went south in a hurry,” Williams said.

The Rams jumped out to a 12-0 lead early in the game, and after a sluggish second quarter, CSU dominated the second half to come away with the home victory. In the second quarter though, ENMU held the Rams to just eight points.

“We should be playing tougher and more determined basketball than we did in that first half,” Williams said.

In the third and fourth quarters, CSU outscored ENMU, 43-18, while holding the Roadrunners to just 16 percent shooting. Comparatively, CSU shot 57 percent from the field in the second half. This was the biggest difference in the game.

Redshirt senior forward Tatum Neubert (No. 44) goes up with the basketball against Eastern New Mexico University on Tuesday, Nov. 6.   PHOTO:   Justin Michael | Rams Report

Redshirt senior forward Tatum Neubert (No. 44) goes up with the basketball against Eastern New Mexico University on Tuesday, Nov. 6. PHOTO: Justin Michael | Rams Report

When the final whistle sounded, sophomore guard Lore Devos led the Rams with 21 points. Sophomore center Lena Svanholm (14 points) and junior guard Mollie Mounsey (12) also finished in double digits.

Despite coming away with the opening night victory, Williams knows his team must improve on the glass. Both teams finished with 45 rebounds Tuesday, but the Greyhounds held a significant advantage in offensive boards (19-7).

“We’ve got to become a stronger basketball team—a tougher minded basketball team,” WIlliams said.

The Rams will be off for eight days, before traveling to Boulder for the Rocky Mountain Showdown on Nov. 14.

“I want to practice tonight, but it’s against the rules,” Williams said. “We’ve gotta get some kids healthy… We’ve got to get some kids in shape because they haven’t practiced a lot. So we can use that time to rest properly, but also to get in better shape.”