End of first-half run fuels Western State’s rout of Mesa women

Try as they might Tuesday night, the Mesa State College women’s basketball players simply could not grab a rebound.

And for the final 10 1/2 minutes of the first half, they couldn’t score, either, feeding Western State College’s 26-0 run on the Mountaineers’ way to a 64-47 rout of the Mavericks at Brownson Arena.

“That was terrible,” Mesa State coach Roger Walters said. “We were terrible. It was embarrassing. We just really struggled in every aspect tonight and got our butts kicked.”

Walters just shook his head as he looked at the final stat sheet, pointing a couple of times at one column — rebounding.

Mesa State (4-11, 3-7 RMAC) was outrebounded 47-28 and Walters thought it was a lot worse than that.

“It’s like giving teams six outs in a baseball game every inning. You can’t give teams extra looks at the basket,” he said.

“I can’t believe it was only 17 offensive boards. To me, it felt like we gave up two or three offensive boards every possession.”

The Mavericks ran the high-low offense well in the first half and led 17-12 with 10:33 to go.

At that point, though, they stopped running the offense, trying to score one-on-one, and the Mountaineers ran them off the floor.

Mesa State missed 13 straight shots and had a half-dozen turnovers in those seemingly endless 10 1/2 minutes as Western State methodically stretched the lead to 38-17.

“We got stuck on 17 for an eternity,” Walters said. “It was a game the first 10 minutes and after that it was total devastation. Tonight (Western was) 10 times the team in every aspect.

“I thought we broke down offensively. We took more poor shots tonight than we have combined for the whole season. It was the first night all year where we tried to score instead of letting scores come in flow.”

The Mavericks outscored Western State 30-26 in the second half, but there was no way to get back into the game.

Amber Murray led the Mountaineers (7-11, 5-5 RMAC) with 25 points, and Katie Hall had 11 rebounds to lead the domination on the glass.

Brooke Pendergraft added 16 points and did a good job taking Meagan Selvidge out of the offense with her defense. Selvidge, the Mavs’ leading scorer, took only five shots, hitting two, for her six points.

Hannah Breidel had 15 points off the bench for Mesa State, which plays Western New Mexico at home Thursday night, and Katie Cupp added 10.

“I know we’re not the best team in the RMAC,” Walters said, “but I know we’re better than what we showed tonight.”


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