Mesa State College women’s basketball team stampeded by Buffaloes

For one half, the Mesa State College women’s basketball team hung tight with No. 4-ranked West Texas A&M.

The Buffaloes, though, went on a stampede to blowing out Mesa State 93-50 on Sunday in the Holiday Inn Christmas Classic at Brownson Arena. The Mavericks (3-8) lost their sixth consecutive game.

“We were physically handled,” Mesa State coach Timi Brown said. “They are not only skilled, but physical too. They played hard.

“They’re very good. They’re a team I envision to coach. They have an inside game, outside game and their defense creates their offense. They are very well-coached and disciplined.

We lack that self discipline. It’s my fault. I’ve got to do a better job instilling discipline.”

Four players scored in double figures for the Buffaloes (9-1), led by Jamie Dreiling with 22 points. Emily Brister had 20, Courtney Lee scored 13 and Ceciley Johnson added 10.

Abby Hancock and Hannah Walsh led Mesa State with 11 points each.

West Texas A&M ran to a 23-7 lead to start the game and led by as many as 22 points in the first half, but Mesa State went on a 16-7 run to trail by 13 at halftime.

Walsh led the way in her first start of the season. She hit three consecutive 3-pointers and two free throws in the stretch. The junior from Grand Junction started in place of Heather Habekost, who was out with concussion symptoms.

“Hannah shot it well,” Brown said. “She’s a good shooter when she runs off screens. She plays hard. That’s the type of game you get frustrated and it takes you out of continuity on offense. We need to do a better job executing.”

West Texas A&M turned up the pressure in the second half and ran away with the win.

The Buffaloes forced 16 turnovers in the second half and 24 total.

“We challenged them at halftime and we did much better,” West Texas coach Krista Gerlich said. “One of our goals before the game was to hold them under 55 points.”

The Mavericks play Northern State (5-5) at 2 p.m. today at Brownson Arena.

FT. Lewis 60, Northern ST. 50

No. 22 Fort Lewis went on a 14-8 run to start the second half and pull away for the victory over the Wolves.

Junior guard Laura Haugen led the way, scoring all of her game-high 19 points in the second half. She hit 4 of 7 3-pointers, including one to give the Skyhawks their first lead in the second half.

“Laura was special tonight,” Fort Lewis coach Mark Kellogg said. “She got us going and the other girls rallied around that.”

Fort Lewis (10-1) shot 51.9 percent in the second half.

“I thought Northern had a good game plan against us,” Kellogg said. “They have more size
than we’ll see all year and it hindered us a bit. We didn’t make a three in the first half. We had to come out (in the second half) and be aggressive. When you do, good things happen.”

The Skyhawks play West Texas A&M at noon today in a matchup of two Top 20 teams in the nation.

“(The Buffaloes) are the best team we’ve faced since I’ve been here,” said Kellogg, who is in his third year. “They’re a special group. We’re trying to find out if we are too.”


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