Mavericks can’t finish in loss to Sonoma State
The next lesson the Colorado Mesa University women’s basketball team has to learn is how to finish games.
For the second game in a row, the Mavericks had a chance to put the game away and ended up losing in the final seconds, 55-54 in overtime.
Saturday, Mesa (0-2) led Sonoma State by two points with two seconds to play after Amy Weitzeil blocked a shot. The loose ball, though, was picked up on the back side by Travis Newman, who scored at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
“It was just a cluster, a loose ball got kicked around,” CMU coach Roger Walters said. “Nine seconds left, the ball is in our hands and we’re up two and we dribble it off our foot.”
Just like Friday night, the Mavericks turned the ball over 29 times, including losing the ball out of bounds with nine seconds left in regulation after Kelsey Sigl came up with a steal.
Sonoma missed a 3-pointer, got the offensive rebound and Weitzeil blocked Marie Sweet’s shot inside, leading to the loose-ball putback.
“We struggled feeding the post, we struggled reversing the ball, we struggled dribbling the ball,” Walters said. “It was just an odd game. We didn’t have it today, we weren’t sharp.
“When you turn the ball over 29 times you get what you deserve, and we deserve just that. Those are all fixable things.
In overtime, the Mavericks led by three, 54-51, after Katrina Selsor was fouled and hit a pair of free throws, but one free throw by Jaclyn Bisordi made it a two-point game.
The Mavericks turned the ball over with 1:02 to play and Newman hit a 3-pointer with 51 seconds left to put the Seawolves up 55-54.
Sigl, who scored 19 of her 28 points in the second half, was called for an offensive foul with 36 seconds left, but the Mavs got the ball back with six seconds to play.
They quickly got the ball down to the baseline, where Sigl was tripped and lost the ball out of bounds at the buzzer.
“You look at it, there were 18 seconds left (Friday) night and tonight it was at the buzzer. Basically we’re 20 seconds away from being 2-0 instead of 0-2,” Walters said. “We just didn’t close the deal both nights and that’s pretty hard to swallow, especially when the ball’s in your hands.
“It’s not like we were atrocious and getting blown out, but 0-2 is 0-2.”
Colorado Mesa juniors Trevor Donarski and Nick Petersen each won a title in the Old Chicago Northern Colorado Open in Greeley.
Donarski won the 149-pound title with a 12-4 major decision over teammate James Martinez in the final. Martinez defeated Kurtis Ramsey of Western State 4-3 in the semifinals.
Petersen won the 184-pound championship with a 12-2 major decision over Western State’s Elliot Copeland. Petersen had two pins and one technical fall on his way to the title. It was the second time he’s placed in as many tournaments this season.
They were among seven Mesa wrestlers to place.
Mesa junior Jon Gappmaier took third place at 157 pounds. He had two pins and won another match by technical fall. Sophomore Zak Slotten placed third at 174, winning a 3-1 overtime decision in the third-place match.
Freshman Drew Schumann placed sixth at 133 pounds with five wins in the consolation bracket and freshman heavyweight Alex Wranik placed fifth with three pins in the consolation bracket.
Grand Junction graduate Robert Tucker placed second at heavyweight for Colorado School of Mines and Olathe graduate Kyle Piatt placed fifth at 184 for Western State.