Brown loses final game with Mavs
It was a game the Adams State College women’s basketball team needed.
For the second time against Mesa State this season, they needed overtime to win it.
Adams State defeated the Mavericks 74-67 in an RMAC game Saturday night at Brownson Arena. It is the first time the Grizzlies swept Mesa State since the schools became Division II institutions in the 1993-94 season.
Adams State (13-12, 9-8 RMAC) stays in seventh place with the victory with two games left in the regular season. Eight teams qualify for the RMAC Shootout.
Mesa State (5-20, 2-15 RMAC) closes the season at New Mexico Highlands and CSU-Pueblo.
“This weekend was really important for us,” Adams State coach Kelly Krueger said. “We
needed to come in this weekend and get two wins. We had two battles the weekend (Mesa State and Western State) were at our place. We knew it would be tough. We had to grind it out and stay persistent.”
The Grizzlies overcame 27 turnovers by drawing 27 fouls and making 29 of 36 free throws, including 13 of 16 in overtime.
“We forced 27 turnovers and had 17 more shots,” Mesa State coach Timi Brown said.
“Unfortunately, they had 29 points off the free-throw line. We didn’t adjust to how the officials were calling the game. That’s the game right there.”
It didn’t help that Mesa shot 29.9 percent from the floor for the game or that it was outrebounded 54-27.
“Missed boxouts down the stretch hurt us,” Brown said.
Preseason All-RMAC West Division player Vera Jo Bustos led the Grizzlies with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but it was Kendra Coveal that made a big difference with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The sophomore forward from Albuquerque, N.M., grabbed an offensive rebound and scored in overtime to give the Grizzlies a 62-56 lead. She added another field goal and two free throws later in overtime.
Stephanie Delgado led the Mavericks with 17 points in her final home game.
The senior post from Las Vegas got the Mavericks off to a good start, scoring eight points to give Mesa a 17-6 lead.
Mesa pushed the lead to 22-8, but Adams State responded, shuting out the Mavs for more than eight minutes while going on a 14-0 run to tie the game 22-22 with 4:32 left.
Mesa led 28-27 at halftime.
Neither team could pull away in the second half. Mesa had the largest lead of five points with
5:38 left, but Adams tied it with 2:50 left.
Alishea Kelly scored on a putback with a minute left for a 55-53 lead, but Adams State’s Kendra Coveal drew a foul and hit two free throws with 50.5 seconds left. Jennifer Landers missed a jumper before the Grizzlies’ Jocelyn Pardilla drove to the basket and missed.
Mesa had one final attempt with 11.2 seconds left. Kelly took the ball, dribbled off a screen, but missed off the glass, sending the game into overtime.
“(Assistant coach Laura) Stratton made a good call on that,” Brown said. “Alishea is our best creator off the dribble. You can’t get any closer than a layup. She went hard to the basket. Still, you’ve got to take control in overtime. The team that takes control right away usually comes out on top. I felt like we didn’t execute at all (in overtime).”