Mavericks use outside shooting to rout Eagles
Moving Courtney McCaig to the perimeter after the first of the year has paid big dividends for the Mesa State College women’s basketball team.
Tuesday night, the junior trailed the break and was wide open from the 3-point line, hitting six of seven attempts. That led to a career-high 28 points as the Mavericks rolled to their third straight victory, 92-44 over Northern New Mexico College.
“When we pushed the ball out of our break, she hit probably five trailer 3s out of our secondary break,” Mesa State coach Roger Walters said. “Katie (Cupp) set the table for her.”
The Mavericks (7-11) led only 37-20 at halftime against the Eagles (0-15) but regrouped at halftime.
“We were flat the first half,” Walters said. “We just weren’t good. We were going through the motions in the first half. We asked them to play harder and they came out in the second half and played hard and played together. When you do that, you’re going to shoot the ball well.”
And the Mavericks did shoot the ball well, hitting 58 percent from the field, 61.5 percent from the 3-point line and 80 percent from the free-throw line.
McCaig hit 11 of 15 shots overall, Meagan Selvidge finished with 18 points, hitting five 3-pointers, Hannah Breidel had 12 points, Jocelyn Zarling 10, Cupp and Jenn Kimbrow nine each and Alaina Brennan eight.
Mesa State, which plays sixth-ranked Fort Lewis College on Friday night and Adams State on Saturday at Brownson Arena, made 16 of 26 from the 3-point line, a season high.
The 92 points are a season high and the most a Mesa State women’s team has scored since the 2007-08 season.
Northern New Mexico credited Mesa State with only seven assists, something Walters will try to correct once he looks at the game film.
“All of our 3s came off assists, so I know we have 16,” he said. “I know it’s got to be in the low 20s for assists. We moved the ball really well. They played us man the whole game and the kids just ran their stuff well.”