Mavs fall without Duncan, Selsor
With only a shootaround earlier in the day to adjust to a new lineup, the Colorado Mesa University women’s basketball team did everything coach Roger Walters asked Saturday.
The Mavericks, playing without two of their top six players, fell 79-76 at Colorado Christian, but Walters was happy with the effort on the floor.
“It was pretty fun to be a part of it,” he said. “I’m pretty proud of them.”
Walters told the Mavericks before the game not to feel sorry for themselves, and they took that to heart.
“Nobody’s gonna feel sorry for us and I don’t expect us to feel sorry for us,” he said. “They came out and played as hard as they possibly can.”
With Katrina Selsor out with a knee injury sustained in the opening minutes Friday and Hillary Duncan out for the season with torn knee ligaments, Walters decided to go big.
He moved 6-foot forward Kelsey Sigl to Selsor’s spot on the perimeter and put 6-1 sophomore Hanna Bowden in the starting lineup inside with Amy Weitzeil.
“We’ll probably do that the rest of the year,” he said of a three-post lineup. “We haven’t outrebounded anybody since Adams State.
“We were bigger and we dominated the boards; there were so many one-and-dones on their end, the kids played unbelievably well. We just didn’t get a break or a call when we needed one down the stretch.”
With 1:32 to play, the Mavericks (8-9, 6-7 RMAC) led 74-73 after Tara Gehring hit her third 3-pointer of the night. Mesa got a stop on the other end, with Gehring grabbing the rebound, but the Mavs turned it over trying to get the ball inside and Christina Whitelaw scored on the other end.
With 30 seconds left, Bowden went inside but was called for an offensive foul. Seven seconds later, though, Sigl stole the ball and scored for a 76-75 lead.
As the teams were heading down the floor, Amy Weitzeil was called for a foul. BJ Moyes hit two free throws and with 15 seconds left, Gehring’s shot rimmed out.
Mesa had one more chance, but Alaina Brennan was called for an offensive foul and the Mavs had to foul to stop the clock. Jessica Murdoch hit two free throws with four seconds left.
Sigl scored 30 points, one off her career high, with five rebounds and three steals, playing 33 minutes. Gehring had 13 points and seven rebounds and freshman point guard Dallas Rohrbaugh played one of her best games of the season, with nine points, three rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes.
Bowden added seven points and seven boards and Weitzeil had six points and eight rebounds. Mesa had 39 rebounds to Colorado Christian’s 24, shot 50.9 percent from the field and hit 8 of 10 from the 3-point line.
Walters said Selsor’s knee was still too sore and swollen to examine Saturday.
Swimming & Diving
The Colorado Mesa men’s swim team lead the Colorado College Classic with 513 points, and the Maverick women are in second behind Colorado College.
Alejandro Hernandez won the men’s 400-yard individual medley in 4 minutes, 14.34 seconds, the 200 butterfly in 1:57.87 and swam on the Mavs’ winning 400 medley relay and 200 medley relay teams.
Kirk O’Donnell won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.56, with Brian Lee second (1:02.26), Ryan Dake won the 200 backstroke (2:02.33) and Brock Martin was second in the 3-meter diving (477.40 points).
In the women’s meet, Maddi Wigg won the 400 IM (5:07.83), Katherine Finley the 200 back (2:19.79) and Amanda Jennings was second in 3-meter diving (395.50 points). Mesa was second in the 400 medley relay and won the 200 medley relay.