Katrina Selsor's scoring, rebounding lift Mavs to win
Katrina Selsor felt like she was a little out of sync offensively the past couple of weeks.
The senior forward for the No. 4 Colorado Mesa University women’s basketball team just decided to hit the boards and let the offense take care of itself.
It did Saturday night. Selsor grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and scored 17 points to lead the Mavericks (17-0, 13-0 RMAC) to a 74-58 runaway victory over Regis University (7-10, 6-7) at Brownson Arena.
“I’ve been struggling the last few weeks with my offensive game and percentages,” Selsor said. “I tried to get some easy buckets tonight going to the offensive glass, and I think that’s what’s going to help me, not necessarily think about my offensive game, do whatever I can, rebounding, sharing the ball with my teammates, getting some steals, some easy baskets, so I can get in a rhythm. I haven’t been there offensively, so doing some other things lets the game come to me offensively.”
She also dished out six assists as the Mavericks shook off a sluggish first couple of minutes and put this one away midway through the second half.
“She’s a stat-sheet stuffer, that’s the great thing about her,” CMU coach Taylor Wagner said. “She affects the game so many ways. She’s going to get her points, but it’s always going to be something different. Sometimes it’s outside, sometimes it’s driving, sometimes it’s at the free-throw line. If she just keeps going, the game will come to her.”
Saturday it was the inside game, slashing to the basket from the wing or along the baseline. In fact, of her 11 shots (she hit seven), only four weren’t right at the rim.
She controlled the game in the paint by grabbing a dozen defensive rebounds and five more offensive, scoring on three of those and finding Kelsey Sigl for a 3-pointer on another. With the two senior leaders on their game and the rest of the Mavericks following suit, they didn’t give Regis much of a chance to get back in the game.
“That’s been our thing all year,” Sigl said. “We’re kind of hot and cold, and that’s something we need to work on, when we do feel like we’re hitting that wall to push through it, keeping a lead and holding onto it, keep pushing and not letting them come back.”
Sigl finished with 21 points playing against her former high school teammate, Sarah Feeney, for possibly the final time.
She and Feeney won a state title together for Bismarck (N.D.) High School. Feeney then went to the University of Denver, transferring to Regis after one year. Sigl started out at Bismarck State, then found her way to Mesa as a sophomore.
“I think I knocked her in the head accidentally and said, ‘Hey, you OK?’ ” Sigl said, noticing a scratch on her right shoulder, possibly from her former teammate. “We know how each other plays and our strengths and weaknesses. It’s fun to play against her.”
After shaking off a couple of sloppy early passes, the Mavericks took off on a 14-2 run in the first half, about the time Bruna Deichmann checked into the game.
“Instant energy,” Wagner said. “She did a great job, and Kelsey hit a couple of 3s in there and really spread it out. We started thinking we can win this and got up on them and did a good job during that span.”
Sigl hit a pair of 3-pointers, Katrina Selsor followed a miss by her sister, Sharaya, then Sharaya stole a pass and found Katrina for a jumper in the lane for a 12-4 lead less than six minutes in.
Sigl scored off a steal, Sharaya Selsor cut backdoor for a drop pass from Katrina Selsor on the high post, then Sigl hit a baby hook and scored off a lob from Sharaya Selsor during a 10-5 spurt for a 33-18 lead.
And with the offense clicking, the Mavericks clamped down defensively, allowing the Rangers to shoot only 34.6 percent from the field. Conversely, after hitting nearly 52 percent of their shots in the first half, the Mavericks finished shooting 48 percent.
Mesa scored 15 second-chance points and 15 points off turnovers, and the Mavericks did a nice job attacking the paint, scoring 30 points inside, with 17 assists on 28 made baskets.
“That’s what’s so special about our team,” Katrina Selsor said. “We have a lot of weapons, and if we share the ball and everyone gets involved, no one can stop us.”
Deichmann’s instant energy off the bench translated into 10 points and eight rebounds. Mesa outrebounded the Rangers 48-25.
Mesa now starts the second half of the home-and-home portion of the conference schedule, starting Friday at Colorado School of Mines.
“It was good team defense the last two nights,” Sigl said. “I think things are clicking for us. We’re not playing our best basketball, but we don’t want to be playing our best basketball yet.”