Selsor scores 32 points, tops 1,000 in career for Mavs
Fittingly, a 3-pointer put Sharaya Selsor over 1,000 points at Colorado Mesa University.
“I did? That’s cool,” the senior guard said Saturday night after scoring 32 points to lead the No. 5 Mavericks’ women’s basketball team past Adams State 75-55 at Brownson Arena. “That’s kind of been my shot the last few years.”
It came with 15:02 left in the game, a rare open 3-pointer from the left wing for a 52-35 lead.
“That’s fitting,” CMU coach Taylor Wagner said of Selsor hitting the milestone on a 3-pointer, the shot she’s known for. “I knew she was close. That’s a great honor.”
Aside from the scoring plateau, it was pretty much a typical night for Selsor, who was bumped, held and hand-checked most of the night.
Well, there was one thing that was a bit out of the norm — Selsor actually played point guard.
“Just call me point guard Selsor,” she said, laughing. “I came in at halftime and told Christen (Lopez) to never get in foul trouble again. It’s a good test. Facing adversity like this now helps us be prepared for down the road. I haven’t done it for awhile. Honestly, the last time? Probably my freshman year.”
That’s her freshman year of high school. After that, her kid sister, Katrina, played point guard for Glenwood Springs, and in a pinch, at Mesa.
Sharaya Selsor, the leading scorer in the RMAC this season, has scored 1,013 points in 70 games at Mesa, and that doesn’t count the 301 she scored her freshman year at Metro State. She moved into 17th place on Mesa’s all-time career scoring list, right behind Katrina, who scored 1,028 in her three years at Mesa.
At her current pace of 26.9 points a game, Sharaya Selsor can finish in the top five in career scoring in only three seasons.
“I just want to be patient. I know I’m in better condition, I think I’m the best conditioned girl on the floor,” Selsor said of all the defensive attention she faces and learning to let the game come to her.
“I prepared myself to play 40 minutes a game, if not more. I keep telling myself to be patient and the second they start getting winded is when I’m going to attack. That’s going to be what I have to do every single game, just be patient and wait for it.”
And attack she did in the second half, scoring 18 points once Lopez came back to run the offense.
When Lopez picked up her third foul and went to the bench midway through the first half, Erin Reichle came in to run the point, but she’d been sick all day and couldn’t play for long stretches.
That’s when Selsor took over, but she was called for her second foul with six minutes to play in the half and was subbed out. That left Siu Lo’amanu and Laurel Kasel to run the offense.
“I don’t know if I knew who it was,” Wagner said, laughing. “Erin had been throwing up all day, she didn’t have the energy to go out and play big minutes tonight and that kind of threw a kink into it.
“That’s why it’s fun having seniors. They make it that much easier.”
Mesa (10-0, 6-0 RMAC) led by 19 at halftime, which allowed the Mavericks some leeway when Adams State made a second-half run and cut it to 10 points with just less than seven minutes to play.
And as they’ve done much of the season, the Mavericks found points from everywhere on the floor even with another big night from Selsor. Hannah Pollart had a season-high 13 points and added eight rebounds and Aubry Boehme had 11 points. Lopez finished with seven points, and the Mavs hit 14 of 16 free throws.
They found each other for easy shots all night, with 22 assists on 26 made baskets.
“My teammates once again hit me with some unbelievable passes that got me going toward the basket,” Selsor said. “Any time I can do that, that helps out my field goal percentage.”
The game didn’t have much rhythm, but the main thing for Wagner was the Mavericks got the win to head into the Christmas break undefeated.
“That was one of the goals of ours at the break,” he said. “I was telling the girls, the next two weeks, what you do while we’re gone and the week we come back, that’s going to tell me what you want to do with the rest of the season.”