Maverick women win 10th straight
The No. 19 Colorado Mesa University women’s basketball team is ready for a break.
“It was a battle,” CMU coach Taylor Wagner said Monday night after the Mavericks ran their winning streak to 10 games with a 65-51 victory at Adams State University. “When the final buzzer sounded, they came off the floor and they were spent.”
Wagner said the Grizzlies (4-5, 1-4 RMAC) played harder than any of the Mavericks’ first nine opponents, and Mesa (10-0, 6-0) could never pull away.
“We could never relax, they kept us on our toes. Credit to our girls, we made plays when we needed to and made shots when we needed to and got stops when we needed to,” Wagner said.
A couple of plays the Mavs needed to make came toward the end of the first half. Leading by four with 1:11 to play, Katrina Selsor stole a pass and hit a layup on the other end with 47 seconds left.
After an Adams State turnover, the Mavericks ran the clock down, with Sharaya Selsor driving for a layup with three seconds left and a 34-26 halftime lead.
“It was good we finished out the first half the way we did and got that eight-point lead,” Wagner said. “Then that double-digit lead (after a 6-1 run to open the second half) was huge for us. Both teams were playing great defense. For them to make a big run, I didn’t see them doing that because of how well we were playing defense.”
Adams State shot 52 percent from the field in the first half, but in the second, the Mavericks’ defense wore down the Grizzlies, who shot only 22 percent from the field in the second half and 35.4 percent for the game.
“Adams got a little tired, too,” Wagner said. “The shots they made in the first half they didn’t make in the second. They were aggressive and attacked the basket. It was a good test to grind out a win and we did it.”
Kelsey Sigl scored 18 points and had seven rebounds to lead the Mavericks, Katrina Selsor had 14 points and six rebounds and Bruna Deichmann came off the bench to score 11 points and grab five boards.
Deichmann, as always, attacked the basket and drew several fouls, going 7 of 9 from the free-throw line.
Sharaya Selsor added nine points and Christen Lopez added seven points, three assists and four steals, playing 39 minutes.
The Mavericks are tied with Ashland (Ohio) University for the best record in Division II women’s basketball at 10-0, their best start since 1999 (11-0). The players are off until Dec. 27, when they return to prepare for the heart of the RMAC season, which begins Jan. 4 at home against Colorado Christian.
“One thing we talked about with the girls, coming back at the break, we’re gonna see some of the top teams in the RMAC in a nine-game span and we’ve got to get better,” Wagner said.
“Our break is important to recuperate, but also to stay in decent shape and come back ready to finish off the season.”