Selsor, Wagner selected as RMAC player, coach of year
Revamping her game this season took hours of work during the offseason, but it’s paid off for Colorado Mesa senior guard Sharaya Selsor.
She added a little bit of her sister Katrina’s game, attacking the basket and learning a step-through move in traffic. And still, she kept the 3-point shot that’s been part of her arsenal since she picked up a ball when the sisters were playing one-on-one in the driveway.
Tuesday, Selsor was selected the RMAC women’s basketball player of the year and was one of four Mavericks to receive all-conference honors.
“I’ve been through a lot, and it’s nice to know that the other coaches in the league respect what I did,” she said. “It’s cool.”
CMU coach Taylor Wagner picked up his second coach of the year honor in as many seasons with the Mavericks after winning back-to-back conference titles.
Wagner is 42-2 in conference play, 57-3 overall, with two regular-season conference titles, one RMAC Shootout and one South Central Region championship and the program’s first NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance to his credit.
“Our season is a product of his coaching,” Selsor said. “No one could do what he does. He’s phenomenal.”
Also on the first team is senior post Aubrey Boehme, who transferred to CMU from the University of Wyoming this season. Boehme is averaging 14.4 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Mavericks.
Senior point guard Christen Lopez, who is second in the conference in assists with 4.9 per game, made the second team, and Taylor Rock, sixth in the RMAC in rebounding (7.9) and fourth on the team in scoring at 8.4 points a game, made the third team.
Faced with being the go-to player this season, Selsor has had a record-setting season. Her 666 points are the most in a single season in the history of the program, and she’s fifth in career scoring with 1,413 points in her three seasons.
Selsor, though, is much more than a scorer. She defends the opponents’ top guard every game, and she’s second on the team in assists, and Tuesday she passed her sister in career assists with 283, putting her seventh all-time at CMU.
She’s scored in double figures in every game this season, with a low of 13 points and a high of 40, only two off the single-game record, and she is shooting 88 percent from the free-throw line. Her scoring average of 24.9 points per game leads the conference, and she’s sixth in assists in the RMAC. Selsor’s 46 percent field goal percentage is fifth in the conference, and she’s tied for second in 3-point percentage, 43.4. She makes an average of 2.9 3-pointers per game, second in the conference.
“Unbelievable. Unbelievable,” Wagner said of Selsor’s work ethic. “Anybody that hasn’t seen her work, it’s just phenomenal to see her go in and work before practice, during practice, in the morning.
“It just didn’t happen this month or last month, it was back in March of last year when the season was over, she focused and wanted to have a big year for us. I’m glad she put in that work. It’s just amazing what she’s done out there.”
All-RMAC Men’s Basketball
Ryan Stephan, who led Colorado Mesa in scoring at 18.4 points per game this season, was the only Maverick selected to the all-conference team.
Stephan, a 6-foot-10 sophomore center from Lakewood, made the first team. He ranked in the top 10 in the RMAC in four categories: third in field goal shooting (.585), seventh in scoring (18.4 points per game), ninth in rebounds (6.6 per game) and ninth in blocks (0.9 per game).
Metro State guard Brandon Jefferson was selected the player of the year, Fort Lewis junior center Alex Herrera the defensive player of the year, Gokul Natesan of Colorado Mines the freshman of the year, and Metro’s Derrick Clark the coach of the year.