Injuries plague Mavs in loss to Colorado Mines

Less than four minutes into the game Friday night, the Colorado Mesa University women’s basketball team got the jolt it couldn’t afford.

One day after senior guard Hillary Duncan was lost for the season to a knee injury in practice just after returning from a concussion, Katrina Selsor drove the lane against Colorado School of Mines and hit the floor in pain.

“I’m not sure if she hit her knee on someone else’s knee or on the floor,” CMU coach Roger Walters said after the Mavericks fell 58-54 to the Orediggers in Golden. “We’re hoping it’s a contusion, but she’s in a lot of pain. She’s really hurting right now.”

Duncan, a senior guard, tore the anterior cruciate ligament and the meniscus in a knee and sprained the medial collateral ligament, Walters said, and will need surgery.

Selsor didn’t return, but the Mavericks, down two scorers, battled the Orediggers to the wire.

“We did what we could do,” Walters said. “I thought we played pretty darn well. There was a possession there late that we couldn’t get out of, gave up two offensive boards and a jump ball went their way. They got four whack at it and that was late.”

Without Selsor, the Mavericks patched together a lineup and if she can’t play tonight at Colorado Christian, will patch another one together. Dallas Rohrbaugh, normally a point guard, picked up a lot of minutes with she and starting point guard Effo Baker on the floor together. Alaina Brennan also played on the perimeter, as did redshirt freshman Grayson Pipher, who hit a 3-pointer with 12:40 to play to tie the game at 40-40.

From there, it went back and forth until that key possession with less than two minutes to play.

The Mavs trailed 51-49 when Taylor McBain stole a pass in the lane. Courtney Gallo missed a 3-pointer for the Orediggers, but Angie Charchalis got the offensive rebound and Mines called time before the Mavericks could tie up the ball.

After the timeout, Mines missed a layup, got another offensive rebound, missed a jumper, got another offensive board and Baker fouled Katie Clements, who made the first free throw and missed the second.

Charchalis, who led the Orediggers with 24 points, got the offensive rebound and was fouled by Alaina Brennan. She missed the free throw with 32 seconds left, then fouled Tara Gehring, who made two free throws to cut it to one, 52-51, with 29 seconds to play.

Forced to foul, the Mavs put Mines on the line three times in the final 30 seconds, and the Orediggers made all six shots.

“We gave ourselves a chance down the stretch,” Walters said. “We played hard. It could have gone either way.”

Kelsey Sigl and Gehring had 13 points each for the Mavericks (8-8, 6-6 RMAC), but Mesa had a hard time getting Sigl looks in the second half — she had 11 points at halftime.

“They zoned us off and on and then they went man,” Walters said. “They took Kels away and we didn’t have many options. But every kid that played did a nice job and gave us a chance.”


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