Delgado scores 18, but Mavs lose at free-throw line
The Mesa State College women’s basketball team may be ready for another break.
Two days after returning from Christmas break, the Mavericks were worn out by two of the better Division II programs in the country in the Holiday Inn Christmas Classic.
Northern State (S.D.) University wore out a tired Mesa State team 74-58 on Monday at Brownson Arena, and one day after No. 4 West Texas A&M routed the Mavericks. It was the seventh straight loss for Mesa State (3-9).
The Wolves (6-5) dominated the boards, grabbing 58 rebounds, including 23 on offense. When Northern State didn’t score on the second chance opportunity, the Wolves were often fouled and Northern State made the Mavs pay. Northern State made 27 of 40 foul shots.
“They had 40 free throws to our eight,” Mesa State coach Timi Brown said. “That’s a lack of aggressiveness on our part. We’re out of position then we foul. They had four fouls in the second half. To me, that’s more a lack of aggressiveness.”
Northern State post players Mikayla Barondeau, Jodi Reinschmidt and Krista Rabenberg
combined to score 42 points and grab 35 rebounds.
Guard Lennea Mueller added 14 points.
Mesa State 5-foot-11 center Stephanie Delgado scored 18 points and guard Hannah Breidel added 16.
“Delgado did a very good job,” Brown said. “She used her body and didn’t force things up, but we’ve got to get her some help. We’ve had one game with three players in double figures. The kids are getting solid minutes, but they’ve got to make positive things happen.”
Northern State coach Curt Fredrickson, who picked up his 650th career win, was impressed with Delgado too, but knew that wouldn’t be enough for the Mavs.
“Delgado did a nice job going against someone six inches taller,” Fredrickson said. “You do what you have to do, but it’s tough to do it consistently.
“It’s tough when you have a 6-6 center. It forces teams to shoot from the outside. They made some outstanding shots from the 3-point line that kept them in it.”
The Mavericks hit five 3-pointers in the first half to build an eight-point lead. Mesa State led 31-27 at halftime.
Northern State went on a 10-2 run to start the second half and never looked back.
“We needed to get more from our offense,” Fredrickson said. “We talked about making free throws and shooting better from the field.”
Barondeau scored on a putback to tie the game 31-31 then Mueller scored on a post move to give the Wolves a 35-33 lead. Northern State kept adding to the lead and won by its largest margin in the game.
Ft. LEWIS 66, WEST TEXAS A&M 64
The No. 22 Skyhawks showed they could be a NCAA tournament contender with their
victory over the No. 4 ranked team in the country.
“We look for special qualities in our team,” Fort Lewis coach Mark Kellogg said. “After tonight, I think they’re there, but we’ve got to do it every night. This was a regional tournament environment.”
West Texas A&M, which trailed most of the game, missed a layup and a jumper in the final five seconds in its attempt to force overtime.
Fort Lewis (11-1) shot 50 percent from the floor and overcame 22 turnovers. The Buffaloes (9-2) had 13 steals, but shot 33.3 percent.
“We knew we’d have some turnovers against them with their pressure,” Kellogg said. “We thought at the same time we can use that against them and get some easy looks.
Fortunately, we were able to knock them down.”
Laura Haugen led the Skyhawks with 18 points and Alison Rosel had 17. Audrey George scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Emily Brister led West Texas A&M with 27 points and Jamie Dreiling had 14.
Fort Lewis jumped to a 16-4 lead only to see the Buffaloes respond with a 13-0 run to take a 17-16 lead.
“We knew the first two to four minutes of the game were important,” Kellogg said. “We had to handle the pressure. We didn’t want to back down.”
The Skyhawks pushed the lead to seven and led by three at halftime.