Bentley’s Battista selected Div. II player of year

Bentley (Mass.) University senior Lauren Battista, who led the Falcons to an undefeated season and the women’s Division II national championship, received the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s national Player of the Year award Monday night.

Colorado Mesa senior guard Sharaya Selsor was one of three finalists for the honor, along with Cal Poly-Pomona junior forward Jada Blackwell.

Battista, a three-time WBCA All-America player, was also the Academic All-America Player of the Year this season.

Selsor, who led the Mavericks to the title game of the South Central Region tournament, finished as the fourth-leading scorer in the nation this season, averaging 23.4 points a game. The RMAC player of the year made three All-America teams this season, those selected by the WBCA, Daktronics (sports information directors) and the D2 Women’s Basketball Bulletin.

She also made the Academic All-America team and finished her career with 1,497 points, third all-time at CMU, and a single-season record 750 points this season.

Colorado Christian University received the WBCA’s “Together We R” award, sponsored by Russell Athletics, given to a program that overcomes extraordinary circumstances. In January, the Cougars’ student manager, Kaylee McBeth, died while waiting for a heart transplant. McBeth had been diagnosed with a tumor in her heart. The athletic department adopted the motto #KayleeStrong, and the women’s team, after attending McBeth’s memorial service, opted to play that weekend, winning both games.

Mesa women lead home tourney

The Colorado Mesa women shot a 327 on Day 1 of the two-day Maverick Spring Invitational to take a lead over Metro State and Colorado Christian at the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.

Metro State’s Natalie Gallacher had the low round, carding a 73 with Mesa’s Sara Swaney and Zoe Woodworth in second and third, respectively.

“They got off to a rough start at the beginning because of their high expectations to make sure they should on their home course,” CMU coach Scott Hansen said. “Sara’s nines were 43 and 35. She played a lot better on the back nine and that’s how it was for a lot of people. It was pretty difficult for some of these girls and a great home-course advantage for us.”


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