Mavericks enter holiday break on winning streak

The Christmas break comes at an interesting time for the Colorado Mesa men’s basketball team.

The Mavericks (7-3, 5-1 RMAC) are playing their best basketball of the season following a rout of rival Fort Lewis College and a come-from-behind win over Adams State this past weekend. They are on a four-game winning streak and have won seven of their past eight games.

“That’s the funny thing about the break, sometimes you don’t want it to come, sometimes you do,” CMU coach Andy Shantz said. “Every team will react a little different. We created some momentum. I think the most important thing is we stay in shape, and hopefully when the kids come back we can keep that momentum.”

Mesa is in third place in the RMAC behind 17th-ranked Colorado School of Mines (9-0, 5-0 RMAC) and sixth-ranked Metro State (8-1, 5-0 RMAC).

The Mavericks return to practice next Tuesday, then visit Colorado Christian University (5-4, 3-2 RMAC) on Jan. 3 and Mines on Jan. 4.

Winter Trip

The Colorado Mesa men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are taking their annual winter training trip Jan. 8-15 to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“It’s a common tradition for college programs to go to a warmer climate for a training trip,” CMU coach Ron Allen said. “Florida is one of the more popular trips. The kids pay for a majority of it out of pocket.”

The Mavericks will be training twice a day every day at the International Swimming Hall of Fame facility with several other college programs and compete in one invitational there. They will be there at the same time as Division II programs Clarion (Pa.) University and Edinboro (Pa.) University.

The Edinboro women are ranked 21st in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Division II poll.

Mesa returns to practice Jan. 6, then hosts Missouri State at 11 a.m. Jan. 7 at El Pomar Natatorium before leaving on its training trip.

RMAC Honors for 4th Time

Colorado Mesa’s Sharaya Selsor averaged 30.5 points in the Mavericks’ wins over Fort Lewis and Adams State this past weekend to earn RMAC women’s basketball Offensive Player of the Week honors.

The senior guard surpassed the 1,000-point plateau in her Colorado Mesa career in the win over Adams State and moved into 17th place on the all-time list. She also averaged four assists per game and made 22 of 23 free throws.

It is the fourth time this season Selsor received the weekly award.

And a first-time honoree

Mesa’s Ryan Stephan had back-to-back double-doubles in the Mavericks’ wins over Fort Lewis and Adams State to earn RMAC men’s basketball Offensive Player of the Week honors.

The sophomore center scored a game-high 21 points and had 13 rebounds in Mesa’s victory over Fort Lewis while limiting the Skyhawks center, Alex Herrera, to eight points and five rebounds. Stephan had a team-high 21 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Adams State. He shot 80 percent from the floor in the game.

Baseball Ranked

The Colorado Mesa baseball team is ranked 16th in the nation in the American Baseball Coaches Association preseason poll, which was released Tuesday.

The Mavericks finished last season ranked 18th in the nation after making it to an NCAA regional for the fifth consecutive season.

Defending national champion Tampa (Fla.) is No. 1. South Central Region champion St. Edward’s (44-18) is ranked third.

Mesa opens its season Feb. 7-9 with a three-game series against former RMAC rival Nebraska-Kearney at Suplizio Field.


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