All-American girl

Colorado Mesa's Sigl selected to All-American second team

Kelsey Sigl achieved something only one other player in Colorado Mesa history has: making the NCAA All-American team. Sigl was a second-team selection on the Daktronics list. The only other Maverick to earn NCAA All-America status was Tonya Stites in 1994.

Life is pretty good for Kelsey Sigl these days.

The Colorado Mesa University women’s basketball team is preparing for its first appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. She was the RMAC player of the year and the Most Outstanding Player in the South Central Regional tournament.

The Mavericks are 31-1, ranked fourth in the nation and went undefeated at home.

She’s got strands of nylon after cutting down two championship nets this season. She’s 10 points from breaking Tonya Stites’ single-season scoring record of 604 points, entering Tuesday’s national quarterfinal game with 595 this season.

Life got better Friday, when Sigl added “All American” to her resume, being selected to the Daktronics All-American second team.

Not bad for someone who nearly quit the sport before her senior year of high school.

She changed her mind, won a state title her senior year in high school and was an NJCAA 
All-American at Bismarck State her freshman year of college before transferring to Mesa.

“It’s pretty fortunate I kept with it and I’ve had the coaches and teammates I’ve had over the years,” Sigl said Friday before practice. “Playing basketball is ... just destiny for me, I guess. The people I’ve met, if I wouldn’t have come to Colorado ... I have lifetime friends I’ve met from here.

“Coach (Taylor) Wagner and Coach (Michael) Wells, they’re people I’m going to keep in touch with and hopefully coach under someday. I’ve just been so blessed.”

Sigl is only the second women’s basketball player to achieve All-America status in Mesa’s NCAA era, joining Stites, who was a two-time honoree, 1992 (NAIA) and 1994 (NCAA). Pam DeCosta was an NAIA All-American in 1986.

Sigl, a 6-foot senior from Bismarck, N.D., earlier this season made the Division II Academic All-America third team. She’s averaging 18.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season and is fourth in career scoring at Mesa with 1,458 points, 33 behind Jaime White.

“Obviously succeeding as a team is the top priority, and this is just icing on the cake,” Sigl said. “It’s very cool to be recognized like that. It’s just been such a humbling experience going out in my last collegiate year, to be in the Elite Eight and going to compete for a national title.

“I don’t know if any of us girls ... we knew we were good, but now we’re here and holy cow! We’re setting the bar high for this program, and that was another goal we had, that Colorado Mesa was going to be in the national picture.”


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