Mavericks withstand frantic pace in win over Oklahoma Panhandle

Colorado Mesa’s Kelsey Sigl hits a jumper for two of her career-high 31 points Saturday night during the Mavs’ win at Brownson Arena. Sigl also had 14 rebounds.

It’s not an easy task playing — or coaching — against the helter-skelter basketball played by Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

Full-court press, half-court trap, subbing 5 for 5 every few minutes and taking as many shots as possible is standard operating procedure for the Aggies.

The Colorado Mesa University women’s game plan was simple in theory.

“You can’t run anything you’d normally run, so it’s basically a continuous fast-break drill,” CMU coach Roger Walters said after the Mavericks shot their way to a 107-96 victory Saturday in the Clarion In Thanksgiving Tip-off at Brownson Arena.

“It’s making good choices, and at times we were really intelligent and at times we really struggled. It’s a full-court pressbreak to half-court trap break. The kids did a pretty good job.”

Despite 26 turnovers because of the frenetic pace of the game, the Mavericks’ size, depth and talent won out.

With Kelsey Sigl scoring a career-high 31 points and grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds, the Mavericks built a 20-point lead several times in the second half.

“I want to be a good player on both ends, so defense and rebounding is definitely my priority this year,” Sigl said. “I want to focus on being that all-around player, not just an offensive threat.”

The Aggies’ 3-point shooting kept them in the game to a point, hitting 17 of 56.

In all, Panhandle (0-7) took 88 shots, the Mavs 73, but because they ran their press break well, they shot layups and uncontested jumpers in transition.

Mesa (2-2) got a scare six minutes into the game when junior guard Katrina Selsor hit the floor hard after being trapped in the corner.

After a few minutes, she was helped to the training room and returned about 10 minutes later. She finished with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

“She’s one of the toughest kids I’ve ever been around,” Walters said. “She’s all-day tough. ... It was good to see her come out of the training room, though.”

In those 10 minutes, the Mavericks extended an 18-9 lead to 41-26.

Sigl, who had a double-double by halftime, hit a mid-range jumper and a 3 and Hillary Duncan (13 points) stole an inbounds pass and took it in for a bucket and a foul and added a jumper in the lane.

Redshirt freshman Grayson Pipher knocked down a 3, as did freshman point guard Dallas Rohrbaugh, in that span.

“It’s kind of like payback,” Duncan said. “You hurt our teammate, we’re gonna come back at you even stronger.”

CU-Colorado Springs 73, Tarleton State 62: Jessica Brown scored 20 points, Danielle Brown 14 and Sammi Gentile 13 as the Mountain Lions went 2-0 in the tournament.

Lauren Wolfinger hit two free throws with 6:29 to play to break a 49-49 tie, and UCCS (4-1) didn’t trail again.


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