There are two types of games that get circled on everyone’s calendar -- ones that are for a championship and ones against your in-state rival. Colorado State (6-1) won its season’s first circled game Wednesday, Dec. 2, ending a five-game drought against Colorado.
Colorado State junior Ellen Nystrom, who totaled 14 points and eight assists, hit the game-winning jumper with 1.7 seconds to play for the Rams’ first victory in the series since 2009.
The Rams trailed by one with 38 seconds to play and Colorado owned the possession. Jamee Swan’s layup was blocked by CSU’s Elin Gustavsson and passed ahead to Nystrom. Nystrom layed the ball in over the defense with 13.6 seconds remaining, but the lead was short-lived.
"The execution down the stretch by both teams was outstanding," Colorado State head coach Ryun Williams said. "With three game-winning shots, you saw two teams who gave all their might and didn't want to lose."
Colorado freshman Kennedy Leonard, who scored 21 points, answered with 3.6 to play. Nystrom’s number was called during the following timeout. She received the inbounds pass and turned over her left shoulder towards the baseline for the game-sealing fadeaway.
KIIX play-by-play voice Matt Wozniak had the call:
"This makes up for the last two years," Nystrom said. "We knew that it was going to be a tight game, because it’s always been a tight game, so we just kept playing.
"I missed a lot, but the ball went in. I wanted it to go in so badly. I was just trying to be aggressive and keep being aggressive even though I missed, because that’s what Coach said he wanted me to do."
Nystrom started the game 1-for-9 from the field but made three of her last four shots and was a perfect 6-for-6 on free throws.
Colorado State next travels to play Northern Colorado on Tuesday, Dec. 8.