Boehme leads CMU to easy win
Aubry Boehme scored 18 points in her Colorado Mesa debut Friday to lead the CMU women’s basketball team to a 69-42 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State in the Southwest Oklahoma State Classic.
Boehme, a 6-foot senior forward who transferred from the University of Wyoming, led a balanced attack for the Mavericks. Sharaya Selsor scored 13, and seven other players had at least three points.
“The one thing, in both halves we had a couple of two-, three-minute runs where our bigs ran the floor well, and we took the wind out of their sails a little bit,” CMU coach Taylor Wagner said. “We emphasize early buckets and easy baskets.”
The Mavericks got both to break the game open in the final minutes of the first half.
Senior post Hanna Bowden, spelling Boehme, caught two straight passes in transition for layups for a 12-point halftime lead, 33-21.
“She and Aubry did a great job running the floor,” Wagner said. “We talk about that being better than going down there and pounding against somebody. If they just run 90 feet, they’ll get layups.”
Coming out in the second half, Boehme and Hannah Pollart made three straight layups on basket cuts, and Christen Lopez hit a jumper off a Northwestern Oklahoma turnover.
Just like that, the Mavericks had a 20-point lead only three minutes into the half. Sharaya Selsor hit a 3-pointer and a jumper in the lane as Mesa stretched the lead to 58-33, and backup point guard Erin Reichle buried a 3-pointer and Boehme went inside for another layup for a 30-point advantage, 65-35, with 5:56 to play.
“She moves really well, that’s her game,” Wagner said of Boehme, whom he coached at Otero Junior College. “She’s not going to catch and dribble and make a bunch of moves. She moves so well without the basketball. If you’re quicker and smarter than them, you’ll be shooting layups, not having to go over the top of people.”
Guard Taylor Rock pulled down 10 rebounds for the Mavs, who controlled the boards 46-29. With their size advantage, they scored 40 points in the paint to Northwestern’s 18.
Overall, Wagner was happy with the start — and that the season finally started. Tonight, the Mavs play Southwestern Oklahoma, a talented team that likes to shoot the 3, so it’ll be a different defensive test.
“Today it was like a home game for Northwestern, they’re really close (to Weatherford, Okla.), and we told the kids we can’t keep this game close,” Wagner said. “The girls responded and came out in the second half and really did a good job. We told them we had to have a good first five minutes and make them believe they can’t play with us.”