Briefs: Mesa State Roundup january 15, 2009
• The Mesa State College women’s basketball team has endured more than losing in past few weeks.
The Mavericks have played the past seven games at least one player short.
Friday, coach Timi Brown expects to have the entire team suited up when Mesa State (3-11, 0-6 RMAC) plays the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (5-8, 3-2 RMAC) at 6 p.m. in Colorado Springs. Mesa is trying to avoid going 0-7 against the East Division for the first time in school history.
“Hopefully one game will help us out, but it comes down to executing,” Brown said. “We’re almost to the halfway mark. Everyone is tired and dragging a bit, but we’ve got to get stops on defense as well.”
Having junior guards Heather Habekost and Alishea Kelly back this weekend should help.
Habekost returned to practice for the first time in a month Monday since sustaining a concussion and Kelly returned to practice Wednesday after being suspended last week.
“Heather brings stability with her ball-handling skills and she is a solid defender,” Brown said.
“While she was out, Erin did a great job filling in that role. Erin and Jocelyn (Zarling) will get most of the minutes while Heather gets back into game shape. Alishea is skilled, but she’s got to learn all the intangibles.”
Despite the nine-game losing streak, Brown is pleased with the Mavs’ effort.
“We didn’t quit last weekend,” Brown said. “We kept fighting. Getting that first (victory) is difficult. We ... ball-watch so much. We’re staring at the basketball when we have a read and react offense. We need to execute a lot better on offense.
“Defensively, we’re not ready for screens. We’re not calling for them soon enough. We worked hard on screens this week.”
• The Mavericks return from their training trip to Florida today in time to host the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a dual at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Orchard Mesa Community Pool.
It is the final home meet of the season for Mesa State.
While in Florida, sophomore Sarah Hagerstrom broke a school record in the 1,000-yard freestyle and freshman Katie Wedel broke school records in the 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly in the Mavericks’ victories over Florida Southern (179-87), St. Leo (202-59) and Baldwin Wallace (221-41).
• Mesa State is competing in the Air Force All-Comers meet at 4 p.m. on Friday in Colorado Springs.
Field events include the weight throw, shot put, pole vault, long jump, triple jump and high jump. Track events include the mile run, 60-meter hurdles, 400, 60, 800, 200, 3,000 and the mile relay.
It is the Mavericks’ first meet since Dec. 5.