Efficient Sigl propels Mesa women
No. 4 Mavericks' big three combines for 66 points in road victory
Kelsey Sigl scored one point per minute Saturday night, leading the No. 4 Colorado Mesa women’s basketball team to a 77-61 victory at Western New Mexico.
Sigl tied her career high with 31 points in 31 minutes and also had 10 rebounds, her second straight double-double.
“A double-double both nights, she did a great job tonight,” CMU coach Taylor Wagner said. “Zero turnovers, two blocks, two steals. She had a really good game offensively. She’s just a tough matchup with what she can do inside and outside. I’m happy to see her play as well as she did.”
Coupled with 22 points from Katrina Selsor and 13 from Sharaya Selsor, the Mavericks (22-1, 18-1 RMAC) had enough to hold off the scrappy Mustangs (4-19, 3-16).
“They were more aggressive and scrappier (after Mesa’s usual quick start), and at times we didn’t respond,” Wagner said. “We talked about that, we can’t get outworked.”
Mesa built a 19-point lead six minutes into the second half, but the Mustangs chipped away and cut it to nine, 68-59, with 3 minutes, 49 seconds to play.
That seemed to snap the Mavericks back into attack mode. Sigl grabbed her own offensive rebound and scored, and Katrina Selsor came up with one of her seven steals. She got the ball to Bruna Deichmann, who found Sigl inside for a 72-59 lead.
Deichmann added two free throws, and Sigl stole the ball and took it in for a layup and her 31st point of the night to put it away, 76-61.
“We made plays down the stretch and got a couple of stops and a couple of layups,” Wagner said. “We finished it out the right way. We wanted to play a more complete game.”
Katrina Selsor had an impressive stat line, with 22 points, seven steals, seven assists and five rebounds. She also blocked two shots and had only one turnover.
“She is the most complete player I’ve coached,” Wagner said. “She can do everything. It’s fun to watch her be a scorer, facilitator, rebounder, defender. She makes it look so easy.”
Other than their usual “big three” of Sigl and the Selsor sisters, no other Maverick scored more than four points (Deichmann, all on free throws).
“It’s hard to guard. Usually in past games we’ve had that fourth step up, and we didn’t have that tonight,” Wagner said.
“When we have that fourth (scoring threat), it’s really difficult for teams to know how they’re going to guard us and who they’re going to guard. That’s when we can stretch that lead.”
The road sweep was big for the Mavericks, who maintained their two-game lead over Metro State.
CU-Colorado Springs lost at Fort Lewis when Katerina Garcia was fouled and hit two free throws with two seconds left in the game. The Mountain Lions had won eight straight and fell to 14-4 in RMAC play.
Fort Lewis and CSU-Pueblo are tied for fourth at 13-5.
“For us, it’s important to concentrate on ourselves as we head into the tournament,” Wagner said. “We need to be doing things we need to do, be the team we want to be rather than be on a down note.”