Mavs unhappy with officials after Regis loss
DENVER — Roger Walters had to take a few extra minutes to compose himself Saturday evening after what transpired on the floor at Regis University.
The Colorado Mesa University women’s basketball coach was clearly frustrated by the officiating after the Mavericks fell 75-70 to the Rangers, but refused to use that as an excuse.
“We’ve gotta be better, we’ve got to play through those things,” he said.
Mesa’s early defense left shooters for Regis (6-7, 4-3 RMAC) open and they knocked down 3-pointers, got open inside and the confidence built from there.
The Mavericks (7-5, 5-3) found themselves down a dozen in the first half, but Hillary Duncan’s nine first-half points helped them get back in the game.
Mesa went on a 21-12 run over the final 9:13 of the first half, cutting that 12-point deficit to only two, 34-32, at halftime.
“They made a run in the first half, they made shots,” Walters said. “We were in the neighborhood and they made their run. The cool thing was, we were down 12 and made our run right before halftime and got it back to two. We were in really good shape at halftime.”
Saturday was one of the few nights this season the Mavericks were shooting well from the free-throw line. Problem was, they couldn’t get there, making eight of 10.
Regis didn’t have a foul called against it until the 7:13 mark of the first half and went more than 9 minutes in the second before being whistled.
Two no-calls on what the Mavs — and just about everyone in the gym — thought should have been traveling violations led to 3-pointers late in the possession for Regis.
With 2:44 left, CMU’s Effo Baker, who scored a season-high 11 points, came up with a steal and a layup. The Rangers passed ahead to Meghan Hollenga, but the pass was behind her. She caught the ball above her head, juggling the ball on the run before putting it on the floor.
With the Mavericks screaming for a travel call, all three officials shook their heads no. Hollenga passed the ball out to Miranda Martine, who buried a 3.
“The thing of it is, on those they end up hitting 3-balls at the end of the shot clock when it maybe should have been going the other way,” Walters said. “It all boils down to we have to be better. We can’t control those kinds of things; we have to be better at what we do.”
The one that really upset Walters was when Tara Gehring was pushed to the floor as she drove the baseline, with no foul called. He was slapped with a technical as he jumped up off the bench screaming, and Tae’lor Purdy made both free throws for an 11-point lead with 2:06 to play, just enough cushion for the win.
Katrina Selsor finished with 14 points and Gehring and Duncan joined Baker with 11 for the Mavericks, who have lost three of their past four games. Ameling led the Rangers with 22 points.
“We could have packed it in but we played to the end and had a shot at the end,” Walters said. “If we get a break here or there, it’s a different game. I’ll leave it at that.
“This one didn’t help by any means; this weekend was tough. But our kids are tough, they’ll respond.”