Sigl passes 1,000 points in CMU win
In her 59th game at Colorado Mesa University, Kelsey Sigl hit the 1,000-point milestone.
The senior forward for the CMU women’s basketball team scored a season-high 24 points Sunday night as the Mavericks overcame their first halftime deficit of the season to down Fort Lewis 77-62.
“I had no idea,” Sigl said of her 1,016 points in less than 2 1/2 seasons at Mesa. “I have been very blessed with teammates that are able to get me the ball at the right time and create shots for me and others. I certainly haven’t done it by myself. I’m very, very lucky to have teammates like I do.”
The No. 19 Mavericks (9-0, 5-0 RMAC) figured they were lucky to be down only two at halftime to the Skyhawks (2-6, 1-3) after coming out flat in the first half. At halftime, CMU coach Taylor Wagner wrote three words on the board: energy, effort, heart.
“We needed to play like that,” Sigl said. “We got lucky we weren’t in the hole too deep that we couldn’t dig out of.”
Down 36-34 at halftime, the Mavericks outscored Fort Lewis 24-8 to go up 58-44 in the first 9 1/2 minutes of the second half and pulled away, ending a 10-year drought at Durango.
“The big thing was, our defense changed things,” Wagner said. “That’s the make-up on this team. We were energized, talking and now it’s fun. We were excited. We talked about how this wasn’t going to be a 30-point win, we’ve got to go out and win it and they did a great job staying focused. They didn’t panic. It was the first time we’ve been down at half all year so it was a good chance to come out and respond in the second half.
“I didn’t know we hit 13 threes, that’s huge. We opened up the whole floor in the second half. We talked about it, when we share the ball we’re very difficult to defend. They were looking for each other and it worked.”
Sigl transferred to Mesa after one year at Bismarck State and will undoubtedly finish in the top 10 on the scoring list at Mesa — Kristi Courter is No. 10 at 1,229. Tonya Stites is No. 1 at 1,920 points.
“She is a special player,” Wagner said. “I love that she works so hard to be able to do that and put herself in a situation to make baskets. It’s special for her to get that and go over that 1,000-point mark. She’s well deserving.”
Sigl hit a 3-pointer to get to that mark, and was one of three players in double figures — Katrina Selsor had her second straight double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and point guard Christen Lopez added 16 points.
Down one, Colorado Mesa got the shot it wanted, a 3-pointer by Daniel Estes.
As the ball headed toward the basket, though, the whistle blew, and the Mavericks were called for 3 seconds in the lane, negating the basket with 7:11 to play against Fort Lewis.
Instead of a 51-49 lead, the Mavericks were down 49-48 and the Skyhawks went on a 13-1 run for a 71-61 victory.
“That was a big play right there. We ran something to (Estes) and it was out of his hands and went down and they called three seconds,” CMU associate head coach Andy Shantz said.
Fort Lewis (6-1, 3-1 RMAC) led by 10 in the first half, shooting 58 percent from the field, and didn’t cool down much in the second half, shooting 52 percent. Mesa shot 35 percent for the game.
“They’ve got a team that really shoots the ball well,” Shantz said. “They had a nice stretch early in the game, they might have hit three in a row, and got on a roll. There were a lot of 50-50 plays that we didn’t make.”
Landon Vermeer finished with 14 points for the Mavericks (7-2, 4-1), whose six-game winning streak was snapped. Mike Melillo had 12 points and Colton Burgon 10, struggling with foul trouble in the second half.
Marcus Ayala led the Skyhawks with 17 points, Alex Herrera had 14 and Torrey Udall 11.
“Bobby’s (Hofman) teams have always been like that. They do a good job playing in a rhythm,” Shantz said. “At times we took them out of their rhythm but we went through stretches where we couldn’t score and that hurt us.”