Nov 11, 2012 8:16 PM by Q2 Sports
FORT COLLINS, CO - The Montana State women's basketball team got the rebound it needed and made just enough free throws in the final seconds to record a 58-53 win over Colorado State in the season-opener for both squads, Sunday afternoon in Moby Arena.
Montana State (1-0) held a 50-40 advantage in rebounding, but none was bigger than Jackie Elliott's offensive board off a missed Ashley Brumwell free throw as the Bobcats clung to a three-point lead with 20-seconds remaining.
The rebound set up a Rachel Semansky basket to push the margin to 56-51. The senior from Highwood then converted two free throws with five-seconds left to give the Bobcats a seven-point cushion.
MSU had numerous chances to secure the win from the charity stripe in the final 50-seconds, but converted just three-of-11 tosses.
"We fought through and got the win," said MSU head coach Tricia Binford. "We made it hard on ourselves down the stretch, but I'm proud of the way we finished and our ability to get the job done under the boards.
"We also learned that we have a lot of work to do," Binford said. "Our free throw shooting, turnovers and the first five minutes of each half are concerning."
Colorado State (0-1) opened the game taking a 12-7 advantage in the early moments, but the Bobcats answered with a 21-0 run capped by a Kalli Durham three-pointer to give MSU its largest lead of the game at 28-12 at the 3:15 mark. Montana State held a 31-18 lead at intermission.
The Rams opened the second stanza with a 9-0 run to cut the margin to 31-27 with 17:19 remaining. MSU held the lead until Kara Spotton's layin with 3:07 left gave CSU a one-point advantage. The lead was short-lived as Elliott converted two free throws with 2:52 to go to give Montana State the lead for good.
Durham finished with a team-high 15 points, while Semansky added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
CSU was led by Taylor Varsho with a game-high 19 points.
Montana State will play at the University of Denver on Tuesday night.