Briefs: Sports Mesa State Roundup January 17, 2009
• Junior guards Heather Habekost and Alishea Kelly combined for 19 points in their return, but it wasn’t enough to help the Mesa State College women’s basketball team.
The Mavericks lost for the 10th consecutive game, falling 75-62 to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs on Friday night in Colorado Springs.
“We had more shots and less turnovers, but we didn’t shoot it very well and we gave up too many points in the first half,” Mesa State coach Timi Brown said. “There is no reason to give up that many. Until we learn how to defense it’s going to be the same thing. We’re getting good shots, but it’s matter of knocking them down.”
Mesa State senior Stephanie Delgado scored in double figures for the fourth straight game, leading the Mavericks with 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Habekost had 10 and Kelly nine off the bench in their first game back. Habekost missed the past seven games with a concussion. Kelly was out the past two for disciplinary reasons.
“Considering they’ve been out, they did a good job for the minutes played,” said Brown of Habekost and Kelly. “You could tell game shape struggled a bit. Delgado did a good job. It’s a matter getting everyone on the same page.”
Jazzmin Awa-Williams led UCCS with 14 points. Payden Ackerman added 12.
The Mavericks (3-12, 0-7 RMAC) scored the first basket of the game for their only lead.
After that, the Mountain Lions (6-8, 4-2 RMAC) took command leading by as much as 13 in the first half.
“It’s being ready to play,” Brown said. “We go down so quickly and have to battle from behind.
It’s tough on you mentally. It starts breaking your back.”