Mavs get untracked in 2nd half to stay perfect
One more for a perfect regular season.
Friday night’s 69-48 victory over Adams State University wasn’t as easy as the score looks for the Colorado Mesa University women’s basketball team.
The Mavericks fell behind 12-5 early, fought back to lead 40-28 at halftime, and then simply could not hit a shot for the first 7½ minutes of the second half against Adams State’s zone.
“We shot the ball so well the first half (54 percent) and came out and shot our percentage (for the game, 48 percent) but we missed a couple and were living by the 3-point shot,” CMU coach Taylor Wagner said.
“If you do that, you’ve got to offensive rebound on the misses and we weren’t doing that. I think six of our first seven were 3s and we finally figured out to go inside.”
The Mavericks (25-0, 21-0 RMAC) missed 13 of their first 14 shots in the second half, with Sharaya Selsor hitting a 3-pointer at the 12:26 mark of the half for the only field goal to that point.
That’s when the Mavericks looked for Aubry Boehme, who hit layups on four of CMU’s next seven made shots.
“I think we got it to Aubry three times in a row, it might not have been consecutive, but three scores on the same play,” Wagner said. “They were wearing down a little bit and we finally stretched it out the last few minutes of the game.”
The Grizzlies played a zone most of the game, and the Mavericks were trying to beat it from the perimeter. Once they were a little more patient and got the ball inside, it broke down the defense.
In the waning minutes, Adams switched to man and the Mavericks put on a layup drill. Boehme finished with 17 points and Taylor Rock nine.
“We scored every time,” Wagner said. “That’s our nature. We do such a great job executing against man. What zone does is slow you down and they say, ‘beat us from the outside.’ If you’re making them, you’re going to win. If not, it’s going to be a grind.”
The Grizzlies (9-17, 5-16) are out of the postseason picture but came out ready to stun the second-ranked team in the nation.
“They grind it and did a good job defensively,” Wagner said. “It was one of those games, they really wanted it.”
Selsor led the Mavericks with 30 points, hitting seven of 10 from the 3-point line, which tied her career high.
The 30 points gives her 626 points this season, breaking Kelsey Sigl’s single-season scoring record of 610.
She’s also fifth in career scoring, leaping past Natalie Rogers, Pam DeCosta and Kelli O’Dwyer, with 1,373 points. Sigl is fourth with 1,442.
“It’s nice to see because she’s worked so hard to improve her game,” Wagner said. “She hasn’t left any stone unturned and has gone after it full-speed.
“It’s nice to see her rewarded for how hard she worked in the summer, fall and throughout the season.”
Only one game, tonight at Fort Lewis, stands between the Mavericks and the first undefeated regular season in program history.
“I think the main concentration is, one, we’ve got to get better,” Wagner said. “I think it’s in the back of our minds that we want to host the regionals.
“For me, I just want to make sure we don’t take a step back, a mental step or anything like that, keep pressing forward and keep the momentum going.”