Mavs rout Cowboys after eleven consecutive losses
No one let out a cheer, but they did smile.
The Mavericks were more relieved than ecstatic after snapping an 11-game losing streak with a 68-39 RMAC victory over New Mexico Highlands on Friday night at Brownson Arena.
The Mesa State College women’s basketball team (4-13, 1-8 RMAC) handed the Cowboys (2-15, 0-9 RMAC) their sixth consecutive loss and 20th consecutive loss in RMAC dating back to last season.
“We’re definitely relieved, but mostly confident,” Mesa State senior Stephanie Delgado said. “We know can win. We haven’t shot the ball very well, but tonight we shot very well. Hopefully it will have a snowball affect.”
The Mavericks shot 43.6 percent from the floor, their best effort since shooting 45.6 percent in a Dec. 6 loss at Dixie State (Utah) College. Mesa limited the Cowboys to 23 percent.
“Everyone is really excited,” sophomore Hannah Breidel said. “We haven’t had this feeling in
God knows how long. We’ve got the taste, hopefully this will help us get more wins.”
Breidel and Delgado were two of three players to score in double figures for Mesa State. It was the fifth time three Mesa players scored in double figures and the second time they won with three in double figures.
Delgado posted her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Breidel led Mesa with 13 points. She was 4 for 4 from the 3-point line. Jennifer Landers added 11 points.
“I’m just really happy for our players,” Mesa State coach Timi Brown said. “They came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. We made defensive stops. Things looked like they clicked better offensively. I’m really proud of them for hanging in there. I don’t think we really gave up effort at any point this year.
“Jen was huge tonight, Delgado on the glass, Breidel shooting the ball. Everyone contributed. It was a good team win. Hopefully they are proud of themselves and feel good about themselves.”
The Mavericks took control midway through the first half, going on a 19-1 run to close the first half for a 31-13 halftime lead.
Mesa hit five 3-pointers during the run, beginning with Erin Richardson. Breidel hit two and Delgado had an old-fashioned three-point play on a fastbreak.
“When I miss, I was thinking about it too much,” Breidel said. “I talked to coach (Laura) Stratton a lot today. She talked me through what I need to work on in getting my shot and not forcing it. I think a lot of times I get so excited that I’m going to shoot a 3 and don’t think about it. I think I
just needed a little more preparation.”
Breidel hit another 3-pointer to start the second half in a 19-4 run for Mesa, building a 50-17 lead. The Mavericks pushed their lead to 35 before Highlands close it to 27 with 2:46 left.
“We did a good job in transition, but it starts with defensive stops,” Brown said. “We took them out of stuff. They got down to very few seconds on the shot clock. I think they started taking shots they were not comfortable taking. I thought defensively we did a good job anticipating. We got some doubles on the ball.
“I told our assistant that something maybe clicked. Hopefully it’s a sign of good things to come.
We’ll go back to work on Monday and hopefully continue that effort.”