No. 4 Metro State downs Western State
K. Valencia collects double-double, powers Roadrunners to win
GUNNISON, Colo. -- Fourth-ranked Metro State rallied from a five-point deficit with 7:52 left to win 73-67 at Western State on Friday night. The Roadrunners improved to 17-1 overall and 13-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while WSC dropped to 9-11 and 8-6.
WSC's Nikki Trujillo hit a jumper with 7:52 left to go up 57-52. Metro's Kristin Valencia hit a jumper with 7:04 left to start the comeback, and then hit two free throws on the following trip down the floor to trim the lead to one. Her sister Brandi Valencia scored on a baseline jumper for a 58-57 lead with 5:03 left.
The Mountaineers held a one-point lead at the 4:43 mark, but it was their final lead of the game. Brandi Valencia's fastbreak layup with 3:50 to play put Metro up 61-59.
Valencia hit the biggest shot of the game with 1:14 to go, burying a 3-pointer from the left wing as the shot clock was expiring, putting the Roadrunners in front for good to break a 65-65 tie. Alyssa Benson and Caley Dow combined to hit 3-of-4 at the line in the final minute to seal the win.
A season-high five different Roadrunners scored in double figures, led by Benson with 13 points off the bench. She hit 4-of-7 from the outside and had two assists. Both Valencia sisters scored 11 points, as did Jasmine Cervantes, and Candice Kohn also scored 10. Cervantes and Kristin Valencia each had double-doubles as Valencia pulled down 13 boards and Cervantes had 12.
Dow also had eight points and nine rebounds and Emily Wood scored seven.
The Roadrunners dug themselves a hole early in the first half, trailing 15-8 just eight minutes in. However, they slowly climbed back in and tied the game a 27-27 on a 3-pointer by Benson with 3:51 left in the half and went into the intermission tied 31-31.
Metro State committed a season-high 15 first-half turnovers, but stayed in the game by outrebounding the Mountaineers 24-17 and holding them to 35.5 percent shooting.
The Roadrunners committed a season-high 23 turnovers, but outrebounded WSC 51-29 and shot 42.2 percent from the floor, including 6-of-15 from the outside.