COLORADO SPRINGS -- Despite a valiant 18-point effort from Cady Williams in her first game back from a broken hand, the BYU women's basketball team fell to Colorado State, 84-74, Thursday in Colorado Springs.
Williams was thought to be out for at least another week after breaking her left hand in three places, but came off the bench to go 7-for-10 from the field and finish with a team-high 18 points and four rebounds.
"Cady got cleared to play yesterday and didn't miss a beat," said BYU head coach Trent Shippen.
Guard Erin Thorn scored 12 and Jill Adams and Jennifer Leitner scored 11 each, but it was not enough for the Cougars, as they dropped their second game to the Rams this season.
Colorado State (17-5, 7-2) was led by guard Angie Gorton, who went 10-for-14 from the field to finish with 26 points and five assists for the Rams. Fellow guard Jacque Johnson scored 21 and Heather Haanen chalked up 14 to carry the Rams to victory.
"We started off a little slow," Shippen said. "We needed to do better on our transition defense. They got a lot of baskets off the transition."
BYU (16-7, 6-4) committed 17 turnovers to the Rams' 16, and were outrebounded 38-27. The Cougars shot 43 percent to Colorado State's fiery 59 percent in the game.