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Colorado State women blow out Owls 70-52
Posted: Friday March 05, 1999 09:11 PM
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- By the time Becky Hammon got her first two points Friday, fourth-ranked Colorado State was well on the way to the Western Athletic Conference women's tournament final.
Hammon, the three-time WAC Player of the Year, didn't get her first two points until 9:54 of the first half, but her teammates had already built a 14-7 lead en route to a 70-52 semifinal victory over Rice.
"We talked about that at halftime," Colorado State coach Tom Collen said. "We can't expect Becky Hammon to bail us out every game. Rice committed two people to her and a couple other kids stepped up and had big games for us."
Colorado State (30-1) moved into Saturday's tournament final against Southern Methodist, a 53-45 winner over New Mexico in the other tournament semifinal. The Rams have beaten SMU twice this season, 74-67 and 69-52.
The victory comes on the heels of a quarterfinal scare for the Rams, who beat UNLV only 71-67. Friday's victory was the 19th straight for Colorado State.
"We came out a lot more relaxed today," the Rams' Angie Gorton said. "We know what our goals are and we know what we have to do to achieve them. We were very relaxed and we just got into it today."
Gorton keyed an 18-0 run midway through the first half with eight points to put her team in front 28-7 with five minutes left in the half. Hammon scored seven during the run as Rice (17-11) was held scoreless.
Hammon finished the game with 19 points. Earlier this season Hammon became the WAC's career scoring leader, male or female, when she passed the 2,542-point mark set by Utah's Keith Van Horn in 1997.
Gorton finished with 15 points and seven rebounds for Colorado State and Katie Cronin had nine points, six rebounds and six assists.
Colorado State held Rice to 28 percent shooting from the field, while the Rams hit 52 percent.
"We always have a trump card in Roxanne Manning. We put her on their best player [Marla Brumfield] and took her out of her game," Collen said. "If you take her out of the game, they have to find a way to get points."
Kim Smallwood had 15 points to lead Rice. Brumfield finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Owls while Jennifer Hamilton added 11 points.
The championship matchup will be the third time this season Colorado State and SMU have met, with the Rams winning the previous two.
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