Mesa women’s hoops team remains No. 2 in national rankings

For the fifth straight week, the Colorado Mesa University women’s basketball team is ranked No. 2 in the nation.

The Mavericks (24-0, 20-0 RMAC) have been No. 2 since Jan. 28, the ninth weekly poll of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Bentley (Mass.) University, the only other undefeated team in women’s Division II basketball, has been ranked No. 1 the entire season, and finished 26-0 after Tuesday night’s 100-57 rout of Franklin Pierce (N.H.) University in its regular-season finale. The Falcons got a scare last weekend from Stonehill (Mass.) College before holding on for a 79-74 victory.

West Texas A&M, which is in the South Central Region along with the Mavericks, dropped from No. 3 to No. 6 in the national poll after losing to Tarleton State last week. The regional rankings will be released today — the Buffs were No. 1 in the region, Colorado Mesa No. 2, last week. The top eight teams in the final regional poll on March 9 receive berths in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs, with the highest-ranked team in each of eight regions hosting.

RMAC Honors

Colorado Mesa baseball players Austin Kaiser and Nevin Wilson received the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference player and pitcher of the week awards.

Kaiser was 7 for 13 (.538) in the three-game series against Division I Northern Colorado. The senior outfielder had a double, one RBI and two stolen bases.

Wilson picked up his first collegiate win in a 2-0 victory over the Bears. The junior left-hander allowed three hits and struck out one in six innings.

The Mavericks (5-2) dropped 13 spots in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II poll after losing two of three games to Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Wrestling rankings

Colorado Mesa is ranked 18th in the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association final regular season national poll.

The Mavericks are one of four teams in the RMAC ranked in the top 20. The others are 10th-ranked California Baptist, 12th-ranked Western State and 20th-ranked San Francisco State.

Mesa junior James Martinez is ranked sixth at 149 pounds, redshirt freshman Jessie Hoffschneider is ranked fifth at 165 and senior Chester Granard is ranked seventh at 174.

The Mavericks host the NCAA West Super Regional on Friday and Saturday at Brownson Arena.


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