Selsor breaks CMU scoring record
Sharaya Selsor was more focused on guarding Division II preseason All-American Michelle Fisher than she was about her own scoring.
But in the end Saturday, Selsor had not only kept Fisher relatively in check, with 17 points, but she broke Colorado Mesa University’s single-game scoring record.
A jumper from the wing with 46 seconds left gave Selsor 39 points, breaking Tonya Stites’ record of 38, set in 1994 against Western State. She went 13 of 27 from the field, hitting five of nine from the 3-point line, and made eight of 11 free throws.
“To be honest, I just knew that the girl I was guarding was a preseason All-American, and I waned to make sure I went out there and stopped her and give us a chance to win,” Selsor said after the No. 13 Mavericks put on a second-half surge to beat Southwestern Oklahoma State 82-68.
“My goodness, it was fun to see them,” CMU coach Taylor Wagner said. “I’m not sure what point it was in the second half, but they took it to another level defensively and got some easy buckets. It was fun to watch.”
The Mavericks (2-0) trailed 32-30 at halftime, and with 14:28 to play, Selsor hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 45-45. That started a 13-0 run that gave CMU a 55-45 lead with 9:52 to play.
In that span, the Bulldogs (1-1) went 0 for 4 from the field and turned the ball over three times against Mesa’s defense.
The Mavericks’ conditioning took control in the second half, wearing down Southwestern Oklahoma.
Taylor Rock hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points, and Hanna Bowden came off the bench for foul-plagued Aubry Boehme and added 10 points and eight rebounds to support Selsor’s big game.
“She got open (on the perimeter), but the thing is she got in the paint, she finished. She was a machine today,” Wagner said of his senior guard. “She was relentless, and she was not going to let our team lose.”
Three players scored in double figures to lead California Baptist to an 89-79 victory over Colorado Mesa in the Dixie State College Classic in St. George, Utah.
Ryan Berg made six 3-pointers and scored 24 points to lead the Lancers, who shot 53 percent from the floor and made 13 3-pointers.
“We didn’t play well defensively at all,” CMU coach Andy Shantz said. “We’re still having a hard time adjusting to the new rules. With that said, we don’t have a lot of pride in that end of the court right now. We’ve got to address it and get better in a hurry.”
The Mavericks (0-2) had 17 personal fouls, and Landon Vermeer fouled out.
Mesa had balanced scoring with four players in double figures.
Mike Melillo and Ryan Stephan each scored 15 points, Jon Orr had 13, and Carlos Perez had 10 off the bench.
“Offensively, we did a good job,” Shantz said. “We have unselfish kids. They pass the ball, and we’re taking good shots. We’ve got to figure out the defensive end. I’m sure we’ll get better.”
California Baptist (1-0) went on a 13-6 run late in the first half and never let go of its lead. The Lancers led 48-42 at halftime.
Cal Baptist pushed its lead to 11 points midway through the second half and 14 points with 4:51 left in the game.
Colorado Mesa’s men’s and women’s cross country teams finished in the middle of the pack in the NCAA South Central Regional in Canyon, Texas.
None of the Mesa runners qualified for the Division II national championship in two weeks in Spokane, Wash.
The CMU men took 12th place with 358 points, and the women finished 15th with 387 points.
Sophomore John Cusiak led the Mesa men with a 56th-place finish in 32 minutes, 37 seconds. Freshman Daniel Vavrik was 64th in 32:49. Freshman Zak Kennison was 73rd in 33:17. Junior Shane Niksic placed 76th in 33:20, and freshman Seth Knighton was 94th in 33:47.
Redshirt freshman Haley Kremer led the Mesa women with a 29th-place finish in 22:29. Freshman Alexia Russell was 76th in 23:34. Sophomore Chelsea Lyons was three seconds behind Russell to place 78th. Freshman Lauren Lipski was 98th in 24:14, and junior Melissa Bauer finished in 24:21.