Mesa dominates RMAC honors, winning player and coach of the year
When all-conference teams are announced, the coaches are happy for their players.
Wednesday afternoon at Brownson Arena, the players were thrilled for their coach.
“Does he not deserve it, though?” said Colorado Mesa University junior guard Sharaya Selsor of Taylor Wagner being selected the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s basketball coach of the year. “Plain and simple, we’ve had talent, but he’s the reason. Our success is a direct, direct reflection of him as a coach.”
Sharaya Selsor was one of three Mavericks to make the women’s All-RMAC first team. Kelsey Sigl and Katrina Selsor were unanimous first-teamers, with Sigl voted the player of the year.
Bruna Deichmann, a senior guard who averages 9.5 points off the bench, made the third team.
“It’s a big honor to be recognized, and I definitely didn’t want to let anyone’s expectations down, most importantly my own for myself and my team,” said Sigl, who was also the RMAC preseason player of the year. “My teammates have been phenomenal getting me the ball when I need it, and the coaches put me in successful situations. It’s by no means what I did by myself. It’s everyone surrounding me and all the hard work we put in.”
Sigl led the RMAC in scoring, averaging 18.5 points per game, and is shooting 52.7 percent from the field, second in the conference. As a 6-foot post player, she’s third in the conference in 3-point shooting (46.8 percent) and is seventh in rebounding (6.8 per game).
Wagner took a team already assembled before he was hired and guided it to the conference title and No. 4 national ranking. He’s the first Mesa women’s basketball coach to receive the RMAC coaching honor.
“He deserves it way beyond anyone else,” Katrina Selsor said. “Out of all the individual awards we got, that’s the biggest highlight. We couldn’t have done what we’ve done this year and what I’ve done personally as a player without him. He’s definitely taken me to another level.”
Katrina Selsor is arguably the most complete player in the conference. The 6-1 guard/forward from Glenwood Springs is eighth in the conference in scoring at 14.6 points per game, fourth in rebounding at 8.4 per game, shoots 48.1 percent from the field and hits 82.3 percent from the free-throw line. She has 100 assists and 53 steals this season.
A pass-first player, Katrina Selsor knew she had to take more of a scoring role for the Mavs to succeed this year.
“I guess since I was a point guard I still have that point guard mentality, you’re a facilitator,” she said. “I needed to look for myself more. It’s still in my nature to look to others first, but I did have to change my game a little bit for us to be better, in all aspects of my game.”’
Sharaya Selsor, who took last year off after giving birth to her daughter, Carter, provided not only emotional leadership, but a consistent outside scoring threat.
She’s fourth among RMAC players in 3-point percentage (42.6) and sixth in assists with 91. Her 12.6 points per game is third on the team behind Sigl and her sister.
Plus, she’s always assigned to guard the opponents’ top outside scoring threat, and she plays nearly 34 minutes a game.
“I think the biggest thing was how much success we had as a team,” she said of the Mavs’ three first-team picks. “It’s definitely an honor, and I appreciate the coaches’ thoughts of my play.”
Sigl and Katrina Selsor kept the players together last spring after Roger Walters resigned, making sure they were working out until Wagner came on board. Then, they all jumped on board with what he expected.
“We had no other options,” Sigl said. “It’s our senior year, and we weren’t going to lay an egg and fall over.
“From day one (Wagner) had expectations that this team would be the greatest team to ever play at Mesa. Not once did he let us fall back from that.”