Mesa State women’s basketball team gets first road win of season at Highlands

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Hannah Breidel didn’t have a point in the first half Friday night for the Mesa State College women’s basketball team.

The sophomore guard, though, sure found her shot after halftime, hitting six straight 3-pointers to help the Mavericks hang on for a 71-66 RMAC victory over New Mexico Highlands.

“I told her at halftime she needed to do a better job setting up her screens,” Mesa State coach Timi Brown said. “She was not getting her screens set up well and we weren’t screening well. When she’s patient and sets up her screens and she gets her feet set, she usually nails it. She’s a good shooter.”

Breidel hit her first 3 from the top of the key just more than three minutes into the second half and didn’t stop shooting until she had scored 18 points, hitting 6 of 7 from the 3-point line.

Helping Breidel get on track was the fact the Mavericks stopped turning the ball over. At one point in the first half, the Mavericks gave the ball up on seven consecutive possessions, allowing Highlands to take control of the game.

Mesa State turned the ball over 12 times in the first half and had six more in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

The Mavericks were able to chip away and finally took the lead when Ashley Davis followed a missed 3 by Alaina Brennan with a putback for a 54-53 lead with 8:59 to play.

Stephanie Delgado, who led the Mavs (6-20, 3-16 RMAC) with 20 points, scored off an offensive rebound after Highlands reclaimed the lead, but Breidel gave Mesa State the lead for good with a deep 3 in the corner with 7:45 to play.

She wasn’t done, though. She hit her final 3 with 5:52 left for a 64-56 lead, and after Delgado went inside for a bucket off a nice baseline drive and dish by Breidel, Davis came up with a crucial rebound.

Highlands had scored five straight points to pull within 67-58 with 4 minutes to go, but Davis, deep under the basket, latched onto a rebound and got the ball to Brennan on the break despite being bent over backwards against a Highlands defender.

Brennan streaked down the floor for a layup with two minutes left to clinch it, 69-61.

“The first half we looked like we wanted the season over and that was the mentality we brought,” Brown said. “We talked about that at halftime, ‘We have a game and a half left.

We’re better kids than that we’re better coaches than that.’ We wanted to come out and do a better job of that in the second half.”

The Mavs wrap up the season tonight at CSU-Pueblo looking to finish Brown’s career at
Mesa State with another win.

“We’ll take it,” Brown said. “At this point, I’ll take anything.”

TRACK & FIELD

• Esmeralda Martinez-Ramos placed sixth in the 5,000-meter run and Brandy Deimling took eighth in the 55-meter dash to lead Mesa State in the RMAC Indoor Championships in Chadron, Neb.

The Mavericks are in 10th place with three points. The meet continues today.
Martinez-Ramos finished the 5,000 in 18 minutes, 49.66 seconds. Deimling took eighth in the 55-meter dash in 7.55 seconds.


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