Mesa women’s hoops team moves up to No. 8 in latest rankings
The target just got a little bit bigger.
Last weekend, Colorado Mesa University women’s basketball coach Taylor Wagner mentioned that every team Mesa plays is bringing its A game, trying to be the first team to knock off the Mavericks.
He stressed his squad needs to match that energy, especially over the next four weeks, when they play the top contenders in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
This weekend, CSU-Pueblo and CU-Colorado Springs will be trying to defeat a top-10 team.
Colorado Mesa (12-0, 8-0 RMAC) moved up from No. 13 to No. 8 Tuesday in the USA Today/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association national rankings.
It’s the highest the women’s team has been ranked since 2002, when Mesa was No. 7 heading into the regional playoffs. The 12-0 start is also the best start in school history for the women’s team — the 1999 team started 11-0.
CSU-Pueblo (9-2, 6-1) received two votes in this week’s poll, with Metro State (8-4, 6-1) getting seven votes.
Mesa received 531 points in the voting.
Ashland (Ohio) University (15-0) received all 32 first-place votes to remain No. 1. Bentley (Mass.) University (11-0) is No. 2.
The Metro State men (11-0, 7-0) remained No. 2 in this week’s National Association of Basketball Coaches national rankings, with Adams State (11-1, 7-0) No. 18 and Fort Lewis (9-1, 6-1) No. 25.
The CMU women are in the top 10 in the nation in four statistical categories, plus tied for first in won-loss percentage.
The Mavericks are outscoring their opponents by 25 points per game, which is third in the nation. They’re fifth in scoring defense, allowing 49.7 points per game, and sixth in field goal defense, with teams shooting 32.1 percent. Mesa is shooting 45.4 percent as a team from the field, which is 10th in the nation.
Senior forward Kelsey Sigl is 10th in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 57.9 percent from the field, and she’s 36th in scoring, averaging 17.8 points per game.
Junior guard Sharaya Selsor is 10th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, hitting 47.5 percent from behind the 3-point line. Katrina Selsor, a senior forward, is 84th in rebounds per game, averaging 8.5.
On the men’s side, senior forward Colton Burgon is 48th in blocked shots, averaging 1.67 per game, and is 63rd in field goal percentage (54.9). Mesa is 38th in the country in assists per game (16.3) and No. 41 in rebound margin (5.8).
More football awards
Trent de Braga received third-team defensive honors Tuesday from the Don Hansen football publication’s Division II All-Super Region 4 team. De Braga, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior from Fallon, Nev., made the team as a return specialist.