Briefs: Mesa State Roundup December 07, 2008
Shorthanded Dixie State beats Mavericks
• Two weeks ago, the Dixie State (Utah) College women’s basketball team lost their leader, Jessica Carver, to a season-ending injury.
Since then, the Rebels have found a way to win, defeating Mesa State College 88-76 on Saturday in St. George, Utah, for their third consecutive victory.
Dixie State (4-4) won by attacking the boards, grabbing 54 rebounds to Mesa’s 40.
“They did a better job on the glass,” Mesa State coach Timi Brown said. “They had 20 offensive rebounds. You can’t give up that many and win.”
The Rebels’ 20 offensive rebounds led to 24 second-chance points. Mesa (3-3) had 10 second-chance points.
Stephanie Delgado led the Mavericks with 19 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Jennifer Landers added 14 points and six rebounds.
“Jen played hard,” Brown said. “She was very aggressive off the dribble. At different times, we had three freshmen on the floor. That’s encouraging for them to get that kind of experience going into league play.”
Four players scored in double figures for the Rebels, led by BreAnne Haslam off the bench with 21, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Tanya Clark scored 18, Shanae Vaifanua added 16 and Jessie Ingraham had 11.
Dixie took control early, going on an 8-0 run to take a 24-16 lead with 3:58 left in the first half.
The Rebels led 31-28 at halftime.
Mesa State went on a 10-2 run to start the second half and take a 38-33 lead with buckets from Delgado, Abby Hancock, Erin Richardson and Landers.
“We held them to one shot,” Brown said. “They took bad shots and we did a good job of boxing out.”
Dixie State, though, went back to rebounding, keying a 16-4 run to take a 51-44 lead and never looked back.
Deny Phomabout put back a missed shot to tie the game 40-40 then Ingraham buried a 3-pointer for a 45-42 lead after teammate Sammi Griffiths corralled an offensive rebound.
The Rebels pushed the lead to 12 and closed the game with a 9-4 run.
• Junior Chase Walker became the second Mesa State wrestler to win a tournament title since the program was reinstated three years ago.
Walker, who had to wrestle unattached because of eligibility issues, won the 157-pound title with a 3-1 decision over No. 1 seed Danny Grater of Fort Hays State in the final of the Bob Smith Open in Hays, Kan.
Walker, the No. 3 seed, went 5-0 in the tournament and defeated No. 2 seed Keenan McCurdy of Neb.-Kearney 4-2 in the semifinals.
Mesa freshman Matt Chavez went 4-2 also at 157 pounds, finishing one match shy of placing.
Cole Johnson was 4-2 at 165 pounds in his first tournamet back from an injury. Rhett Breed (141), Kyle Brightman (174) and Trevor Stapp (285) were 3-2 each.
Western State’s Charlie Pipher, Mesa coach Chuck Pipher’s son and former Hotchkiss state champion, took third at 184 pounds.