CSU falls to South Dakota in WNIT second round

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The Colorado State women’s basketball team fell to the South Dakota Coyotes, 74-49, in round two of the Postseason WNIT on Sunday afternoon from the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

Senior guard Hannah Tvrdy closed her collegiate career with a 21-point, 8-for-12 shooting performance to lead all scorers. Junior forward Annie Brady and junior guard Sofie Tryggedsson each finished with eight points, with Brady adding seven rebounds. Colorado State (21-12) finished behind South Dakota (28-6) in field goal percentage, 43 percent to 38 percent, and was outrebounded on the offensive glass, 10-1, and by 13 overall (39-26 USD).

Colorado State’s only lead was in the first minute of the game, as Brady scored the first basket for either team on Sunday. Both teams started 3-for-6 from the floor, but the Rams’ offense stagnated over the latter stretch of the first quarter and the Coyotes built a 24-12 lead heading to the second. South Dakota extended that momentum in to the second quarter, taking leads of 30-12 and 36-17 as the Rams only had four points in the second quarter for much of the period’s duration. However, Tvrdy closed the half with back-to-back three to help the Rams trim the deficit to 40-22 by halftime.

CSU made the game close in the third quarter with early hot shooting, making each of its first seven shots in that period. Four of those were three-pointers, as freshman guard Jordyn Edwards and Tryggedsson drained two of those apiece over the first four minutes of the second half to cut the USD lead to 45-38. After Edwards’ second three, Tvrdy hit a layup to cut the defcit to 45-40, but the Rams did not score for the last 5:14 of the third quarter and fell behind 55-40 heading to the fourth.

CSU converted on only three more field goal attempts for the remainder of the game, an Austgulen three and a pair of Tvrdy layups. Those three field goals helped reduce a 23-point deficit back to 15 with 4:51 to go, but CSU did not make another shot for the rest of the game as the Rams slipped behind to the eventual 74-49 final score.

Colorado State finishes the season 21-12, marking the program’s fifth consecutive season with 20 or more wins. Colorado State finished with an average of 57.6 points allowed per game, ranking as the fourth-best scoring defense in a single season in program history.

CSU ended the year with a field goal percentage defense of .351, its fifth-lowest in a single season in program history. CSU’s final three-point field goal percentage defense was .273, the Rams’ third-best in a single season in program history. The Rams made 213 three-point field goals in 2017-18, tied for the seventh-most in a single season in program history.

The Rams blocked 128 shots in 2017-18, which ranks as the second-most in a single season in program history.

Senior guard Stine Austgulen finished the season shooting 66-for-154 from beyond the three-point arc for a .429 three-point field goal percentage. That ranks sixth on CSU’s all-time single-season list. Austgulen finishes her career shooting 147-for-380 (.387) from beyond the arc to place fifth on CSU’s all-time career three-point field goal percentage list. Austgulen’s 147 career three-point field goals made rank as the eighth-most by a single player in program history.

Senior guard Hannah Tvrdy scored 10 points or more in 13 of her final 14 games. Four games over that stretch were 20-plus-point games.

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