Doane selected as Mesa assistant
By ALLEN GEMAEHLICH
Between the two, they were among the more successful high school coaches in the state.
Together, Roger Walters and Mary (Psenda) Doane will try to bring success back to the Mesa State College women’s basketball program.
Mesa State officially hired Doane as Walters’ assistant coach Monday. Walters was named the head coach in March, replacing Timi Brown, who resigned.
“We’re real excited to have her here,” said Walters of Doane. “To have a coach of her caliber on staff, we’re extremely lucky. She’s been awesome with camps and fit in with the kids.”
Doane coached the Durango High School girls basketball program the past six years.
She compiled an 82-59 record and led the Demons to five consecutive postseason appearances. Durango made the Sweet 16 twice, including the 2006-07 season with a 16-9 record. The Demons were ranked as high as eighth and defeated the No. 1-ranked team in the state that year.
Doane coached three Southwestern League players of the year and was the SWL coach of the year in 2008. She received the Dan Patterson Sr. Memorial Coach of the Year award in 2009.
“I’m really excited about working with coach Walters,” she said. “Mesa State has an opportunity to be a great athletic program with its location and facilities. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Doane graduated from Palisade High School in 1997 and attended Otero Junior College, where she played basketball and volleyball. She finished her collegiate basketball career at Fort Lewis College.
She has already met the nine returning players from last year’s team and three of the five recruits for next season.
Of the five new players for next year, three are college transfers.
One of the transfers is former Grand Junction High School standout Katie Cupp. The 5-foot-8 junior played in 20 games for Oklahoma Baptist last season, averaging 3.3 points a game.
“We’re thrilled Katie wanted to come back,” Walters said. “She’s a great player and a great kid. She brings a toughness and a work ethic to the team.”
Four of them are 5-foot-10 or taller, giving the Mavericks more inside presence it lacked last season.
Sophomore transfer Meagan Selvidge (5-10) averaged 5.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 11 games for Rogers State (Okla.) University, an NAIA school. Selvidge led her high school team to two consecutive Class 5A state tournament appearance and the state finals during her senior year.
Jennifer Kimbrow finished second all-time in Lane (Ore.) Community College’s field goal percentage (.515). The 6-foot junior averaged 9 points and 5 rebounds a game in 32 games. She started 30.
“We were trying to focus on getting size,” Walters said. “With Meagan and Jordan (Brand) and Jenn, I think we did a decent job of getting some size in to help us out.
“Meagen is athletic. She is a tough kid at 5-10 and can flat out shoot it. Jenn is a solid post. She runs the floor well. She has good footwork in the post. She brings an inside presence that we need.”
Brand, who stands 6-foot, was a first team all-league player for Lakeside High School in Lake Elsinore, Calif., leading her team to the California Interscholastic Federation state tournament.
Lindsey Shaw of Bayfield was the Intermountain League player of the year and an All-State selection. She participated in the Colorado All-State games.