Fort Collins, Colo. (NWN) — Ahlana Smith and Kiana Smith lead hot-shooting No. 10 Louisville on 11 points as the Cardinals beat Colorado State 71-56 on Sunday to win their fifth.
The Cardinals (5-1) shot 52.8% from the floor in a contest in which they were never behind. Emily Angstler pulled out a 3-pointer 1:37 in the game and the Cardinals took the lead with 21 points in a row.
Engstler finished with 10 points and eight boards. The Cardinals overtook Ramses by a margin of 39-22.
Colorado State (5-1) was led by Sydney Make and Carly Murphy with 12 points. Kelly Clark added 10 points as the Rams hosted a non-conference team for the first time since No. 8 Connecticut visited Moby Arena in 2004.
Louisville scored 58.6% in the first half and took the lead comfortably in the locker room. But Colorado State kept things interesting by narrowing losses to 10 points on a layoff from Mack in the third quarter. Cardinals coach Jeff Walz quickly dispatched five new players to the scorers’ table to check in and help organize things.
The Cardinals improved to 2-2 against Colorado State. It was the first meeting between the two since December 15, 2001, when the Rams defeated the Cardinals 82–72 in the championship game of the Women’s Sports Foundation tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
Louisville: Since losing to No. 9 in Arizona on Nov. 12, the Cardinals have won five games averaging 30.4 points.
Colorado State: The Rams can’t get their touch after a week between games. They were 5 of 15 from a 3-point range against Louisville, scoring 16 in an 81–55 win over Lipscomb. 11 Colorado on November 28, 2001, the Rams have not defeated a non-conference opponent at home.
What time is it?
The Cardinals have played in four different time zones to begin the season. They were on Central Time in Sioux Falls, South Dakota against Arizona, then had home games in the Eastern Time Zone before facing Washington and Cal Poly in the Pacific. On Sunday, he completed his Odyssey at Mountain Time.
Louisville: Made four consecutive starts at home against Michigan on Thursday.
Colorado State: Arizona State faces Harvard on Saturday as part of the Classic.
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