Selsor sisters push Mavs to 4-0 start

Colorado Mesa University’s Sharaya Selsor, right, drives around Mid-America Christian University’s Emilie Schirmer on her way to the basket during the second half of Saturday’s game during the Clarion Inn Thanksgiving Classic at Brownson Arena.

Sharaya and Katrina Selsor are rarely apart. They’re in the gym early every day, shooting together. They stay after practice to shoot.

And Saturday night they matched each other point for point as Colorado Mesa University’s women’s basketball team ripped past Mid-America Christian University 88-64 in the Clarion Inn Thanksgiving Classic at Brownson Arena.

Each scored 25 points for the Mavericks (4-0), and at one point had outscored the Evangels’ entire team, 45-44.

When they heard that, they had no comeback — they just chuckled, in a bit of disbelief.

“With us, we have so many weapons if they guard me, we have Kelsey or Raya or Bruna (Deichmann) or (Taylor) Rock,” Katrina said. “If they guard Kelsey, she has us.”

“I think our offense is just to find the open person,” Sharaya said. “It just happed to be me on the 3-point line today. I think that’s how it’s going to be. We’re going to find shots within the offense.”

Along with Deichmann’s 15 points off the bench, the Mavericks stayed undefeated on a night Kelsey Sigl was saddled with foul trouble from the get-go.

The shooting contest between the sisters started early, but they had no idea they were matching each other point for point.

Their shooting numbers were eerily similar: Katrina was 10 of 15 from the field and hit 3 of 4 from the 3-point line. Sharaya was 9 of 14, made 5 of 6 from the arc. Both hit both free throws they attempted.

But the first question Sharaya had wasn’t about shooting percentages.

“Could you tell me how many turnovers I had?”

Two. Katrina, the younger of the two but a senior in eligibility to Sharaya’s junior, didn’t have a turnover. She did have six assists and six steals, along with 11 rebounds. Sharaya added two assists and one steal.

“The reason we struggled early was we weren’t getting stops on defense and we didn’t have energy on defense,” Katrina said. “If we get stops, our offense comes to us. We weren’t doing that in the beginning.”

Sharaya has always been a scorer. Katrina prefers dishing the ball, but knows to have the kind of success the Mavericks want this year, she has to score.

“I just feel like that’s what I have to do this year to make us successful, look for myself a little more,” Katrina said.

Despite their big nights, they still found themselves open for shots. Case in point: Sharaya’s final basket, with 8:11 to play. She set up in the left corner and twice clapped her hands and called for the ball. The second time, after the Mavericks had swung the ball again, Sigl hit her with a pass and she drained yet another 3, giving her 25 points to match her younger sister.

With the crowd enjoying the shooting contest, the Selsors were happiest about a couple of things — first off, they won to head into RMAC play undefeated, but second, with the play of the rest of the Mavs, especially Deichmann.

The senior guard, who transferred to CMU from Alaska Anchorage this year, is the first guard off the bench, and Saturday helped shred the Evangels’ defense.

Even with Mid-America coach Roman Owen screaming “she’s a driver!” Deichmann drove. And drove. And drove again, scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds. She also dished out four assists to give defenses one more thing to deal with.

“That’s the most important thing, she brings such energy, she can rebound, she can score, she can get to the basket and she can defend,” CMU coach Taylor Wagner said. “She’s someone who could start for us but you want your sixthman to come in and have that energy and that’s what she does.”

With the post players struggling to stay in the game, it was the guards’ night.

“The good thing about this team is it’s someone different every night,” Wagner said. “We have capable players who can go off and score 20, 25 points. They’re all unselfish and move the ball. One night it’s not going to be theirs and will be their teammates and the next night might be theirs. All that matters is we get that W.”

Hillsdale Free Will Baptist 63, Northern New Mexico 58: Shana McCosar and Amy Walker each scored a dozen points for Hillsdale, which shook off its lopsided loss to Colorado Mesa the night before.

Neither team shot particularly well, but the Saints (6-4) hit nine 3-pointers to offset 38 percent shooting.

Northern New Mexico (2-9) shot 34 percent but had its top three scorers foul out. Mel Vigil (11 points) picked up her fifth foul with 4:29 to play and Travana Johnson (14) and Michelle Montes (12) fouled out in the final seconds after the Eagles had rallied from nine points down to cut it to three. Northern New Mexico played only eight players.


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