Mesa women move up in latest rankings
After a lengthy film session Tuesday, several of the Colorado Mesa University women’s basketball players climbed the bleachers to the auxiliary gym at Brownson Arena to get some extra shots in as the men’s team was practicing on the main floor.
Coming off their worst shooting night of the season, the Mavericks (14-0, 10-0 RMAC) figured a little extra work can’t hurt.
By remaining undefeated with a 56-55 close-call win at CU-Colorado Springs, they moved up one spot Tuesday in the national rankings to No. 7.
Simon Fraser, which CMU defeated 62-45 in the season opener, lost to Western Washington at the buzzer Saturday, dropping the Clan to No. 10. Western Washington moved up from No. 11 to No. 8
Ashland (Ohio) University (17-0) is still a unanimous No. 1, with Bentley (Mass.) University (13-0) still No. 2. The University of South Carolina-Aiken and Clayton State (Ga.) University switched places, with USC-Aiken moving from No. 4 to No. 3 — both teams are undefeated.
Two teams with one loss each, the University of Indianapolis and Gannon (Pa.) University, are ranked ahead of the Mavericks, who were ranked No. 7 in 2002 heading into the NCAA regional playoffs.
Colorado State University-Pueblo, which lost to Colorado Mesa 70-66 on Friday night in Pueblo, is the only other RMAC team mentioned in the USA Today/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association poll, receiving six votes.
A couple of Mavericks continue to climb in the statistical rankings — Kelsey Sigl moved from 10th to eighth in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 57.8 percent, and Sharaya Selsor is now seventh in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, 47.4.
As a team, Mesa is seventh in scoring defense, giving up 51.2 points per game, is sixth in scoring margin, scoring 21.8 more points than opponents, and is eighth in field goal defense, allowing opponents to shoot 33.1 percent.
Colorado Mesa, which plays Western State Colorado University at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Brownson Arena, is one of six undefeated teams in Division II women’s basketball. The only other undefeated team not ranked is New York Institute of Technology, which received 10 votes this week.
Men’s basketball rankings
In the men’s National Basketball Coaches Association rankings, Metro State (13-0, 9-0) remains No. 3 behind West Liberty (W.Va.), with Adams State (13-1) moving up three spots to No. 13 and Fort Lewis moving from No. 25 to No. 17.
The Skyhawks (11-1, 8-1) are playing without longtime coach Bob Hofman, who is taking an indefinite medical leave of absence.
Hofman had surgery on his left shoulder within the past 18 months and is having trouble with that shoulder as well as his hearing. Associate head coach Bob Pietrack won his first two games last weekend filling in for Hofman.
Hitting the books
Six women and six men from Colorado Mesa made the RMAC All-Academic basketball team, announced Tuesday.
For the women, Katrina Selsor, a senior from Glenwood Springs with a 3.69 grade-point average in exercise science, and Kelsey Sigl, a senior from Bismarck, N.D., with a 3.63 GPA in exercise science, made the first team.
Hanna Bowden (junior, Montrose, 3.4, sports management), Sharaya Selsor, (junior, Glenwood Springs, 3.49, sports management), Lindsey Shaw (junior, Bayfield, 3.5, education/exercise science), and Laurel Kasel (freshman, Park City, Utah, 3.94, sports management/business) made the honor roll.
Jeff Hart, a senior from Goodyear, Ariz., with a 3.8 GPA in business, made the men’s first team, and Mike Melillo, a sophomore from Boulder with a 3.68 GPA in business, made the second team.
Mac Alexander (junior, Montrose, 3.37, exercise science), Chandler Burgon (senior, Sandy, Utah, 3.49, business administration), Kevin Screen (junior, Glenwood Springs, 3.41, criminal justice) and Landon Vermeer (sophomore, Littleton, 3.47, business) made the honor roll.
The teams were selected by the conference’s sports information directors. Starters and reserves with a GPA of 3.3 or better who have completed two consecutive semesters or three quarters at their current school are eligible for academic honors.