Check shows Courter owns single-game scoring record
With coaching changes, offices shuffling, storage issues and the changing times and technology come lost records.
Such was the case with the women’s basketball single-game scoring record that Sharaya Selsor reportedly broke not once, but twice, this season at Colorado Mesa University.
The program’s record book listed Tonya Stites as scoring 38 points in 1994 against Western State.
So, when Selsor hit for 39 in the second game of the season, a check of the record book led us all to believe Selsor had broken the record.
Then she scored 40 against Chadron State a couple of weeks ago — breaking, we all thought, her own record.
After the game, as the team met in the classroom behind the Brownson Arena floor, former Mesa player Kristi Courter, who brought her daughter’s youth team to the game, mentioned she once scored 42 for Mesa.
When David Jahnke, the assistant sports information director who is in charge of women’s basketball, heard the story, he asked Courter to send him some documentation, and he’d update the record book.
I hadn’t been able to unearth the story or box score in our microfilm files, and former coach Steve Kirkham went through his copies and couldn’t find any single-game records from what he inherited.
Courter didn’t want to draw attention to herself or take anything away from Selsor’s accomplishments. After a few days and some encouragement from another former Maverick, Amy (Shults) Shearrow, Courter emailed me a clipping from The Daily Sentinel about the RMAC title game in 1980.
Courter scored 36 points in the second half to help Mesa rally to win the first RMAC title in program history. She went 18 for 27 from the field and hit six of seven free throws for her 42 points.
Selsor still has several games left in her career, although she’s not concerned about individual records.
However, should she score 43 or more in a game, she’d accomplish two things: She’d break the women’s single-game scoring record and have bragging rights on CMU men’s assistant coach Michael Dominguez, who was quick to congratulate her on scoring 40, but reminded her he dropped 42 one night.
The CMU women remained fifth in the USA Today/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association rankings. The top five spots remained unchanged, with Bentley (Mass.) University (10-0) still No. 1, receiving 26 of 27 first-place votes.
CSU-Pueblo received one vote.
Selsor is second in all of Division II women’s basketball in scoring average, putting up 26 points per game. Ashley Watts of Paine (Ga.) College leads the nation, averaging 30.6 points per game. Selsor is the leading scorer in the RMAC.
Aubry Boehme is 12th in field goal percentage at 62.9 percent.
As a team, the Mavericks are sixth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 52.9 points per game.
Selsor top offensive player
For the third time in six weeks, Selsor was selected the RMAC women’s offensive player of the week.
The 5-foot-9 senior guard from Glenwood Springs scored 22 points Friday against Western New Mexico and 32 the next night against New Mexico Highlands, playing all 40 minutes each night.
Her 32-point game was the third time she’s scored 30 or more points this season.
Colorado Mesa will host its home dual opener at 7 p.m. Thursday against Bethany (Kan.) College at Brownson Arena.
The 16th-ranked Mavs (2-1), who are wrestling their first dual in three weeks, wrestle the NAIA’s 13th-ranked Swedes.
Mesa has three nationally ranked wrestlers in Division II. Bethany (0-0) has six wrestlers ranked in the top 15 in the NAIA.
Mesa senior Chester Granard (6-0) is ranked eighth at 174 pounds.
Junior James Martinez (7-1) is ranked third at 149 pounds. He is scheduled to wrestle the second-ranked wrestler in NAIA: Colby Crank.
Edmiston left out
The American Football Coaches Association released its Division II All-America team Tuesday, but Colorado Mesa’s Jake Edmiston wasn’t on it despite setting the Division II single-season record for tackles with 177.
CSU-Pueblo defensive end Darius Allen, who received the Gene Upshaw Award for the top Division II defensive lineman in the country Monday, was the only RMAC player to make the team. Five defensive linemen, three linebackers and three defensive backs made the team.
The AFCA doesn’t select a second team or honorable mention.
— Sentinel sports writer Allen Gemaehlich contributed to this story.