Long layoff leads to big loss for Mesa St.

Long periods of time away from the basketball court are rarely a good thing in a sport predicated on maintaining momentum.

Saturday night, the Mesa State College women’s team felt the effects of a 17-day break from games, losing 73-53 at Dixie State College.

“We missed some easy shots early, and didn’t execute on either end of the floor,” Mesa State coach Roger Walters said. “Sometimes we can be our own worst enemies.”

The Red Storm opened up the game with a 15-3 run in the first seven minutes. Mesa State helped fuel Dixie with six turnovers during that span.

The Mavericks fought back, cutting the lead to 30-23 with just under four minutes remaining on a Courtney McCaig layup.

Mesa State wouldn’t get much closer as the Red Storm would go on another run to close out the first half and lead 36-26 at halftime.

The second half mirrored the first, with Dixie State going on a 17-2 run out of halftime to lead 53-28 with 12 minutes remaining. Again, Mesa State didn’t help itself and had six turnovers during that time. The Mavericks had a total of 25 turnovers in the game.

“We played well in spurts at both ends,” Walters said. “But we needed more good possessions back-to-back.”

Sophomore Meagan Selvidge finished with a double-double — 18 points and 11 rebounds. Courtney McCaig finished with 10 points. Dixie State’s Deanna Daniels led all scorers with 20 points. Mesa State returns to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play this weekend, traveling to play Chadron State and the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

SWIMMING

The 19th-ranked Mesa State women’s team defeated Division III Pacific (Ore.) University 221-20, but lost 177-85 to 21st-ranked Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University in dual meets Saturday in Phoenix.

Mesa State sophomore Katie Wedel took first place in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2 minutes, 34.08 seconds. The Mavericks took three of the top four spots in the event.

Wedel took second in the 200 butterfly (2:17.98) and Gina Panacci placed second in the 1,000 freestyle (11:32.35).

The Mesa men defeated Pacific (Ore.) University 101-76, but lost 178-51 to No. 22 Grand Canyon.

Freshman Dan MacDonald led the Mavericks with a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly in 54.47 seconds. He was second in the 100 freestyle (51.09) and third in the 50 freestyle (22.91).

WRESTLING

Freshman Chris Rubalcaba and junior Shane Miller made it to today’s semifinals of the Midwest Classic to lead Mesa State to sixth place in the team standings with 57 points.

Wisconsin-Parkside, ranked 11th, is in first place with 85 points. No. 2 Newberry (S.C.), 19th-ranked Findlay (Ohio), third-ranked Adams State and the University of Indianapolis round out the top five.

Rubalcaba, seeded sixth at 133 pounds, won two matches to reach the semis. Miller, seeded sixth at 197, won two matches and faces second-seeded Mitch Knapp in the semifinals.

Mesa’s Chase Walker, ranked second in the nation at 157 and seeded first in the tournament, lost a 9-3 decision to eighth-seeded Dillon Bera of Wis.-Parkside in the quarterfinals, but bounced back with a win in the consolation bracket. Walker could still place as high as third.

Mesa’s Cole Johnson and Andy Laiminger are in the consolation bracket after losing to seeded wrestlers in the quarterfinals.


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