Mesa women top Wildcats in basketball
Sharing the ball and finding open shooters helped the Mesa State College women’s basketball team to a 79-43 victory Sunday afternoon over Johnson & Wales University in Denver.
“We were really balanced, found the post and the kids just moved the ball around on the offensive end,” Mesa State coach Roger Walters said. “We ran the break really well.”
With Meagan Selvidge scoring a season-high 23 points, hitting 7 of 12 from 3-point range, the Mavericks (6-11) had no trouble with the Wildcats (3-20) in the nonconference game.
“I know it’s not RMAC-level competition, but it was a great game to work on stuff and the kids were real focused and did a nice job,” Walters said.
Mesa State took the lead for good midway through the first half on a steal by Jenn Kimbrow, which led to a 3-pointer by Selvidge, who had 17 points in the first half.
The 79 points are the third-most the Mavericks have scored this season and followed an 81-point performance Thursday night in a win over Western New Mexico.
Hannah Breidel scored 13 points, Courtney McCaig 12 and Alaina Brennan 11 for Mesa State, which travels to Espanola, N.M., on Tuesday to play Northern New Mexico.
By running the offense and controlling the boards (a 43-18 rebounding margin), the Mavericks got open shots and hit them, shooting 51 percent from the field and 57 percent from the 3-point line (12 of 21). They mixed perimeter shooting with attacking the basket and got to the free-throw line 23 times, hitting 19.
After taking a 40-26 halftime lead, the Mavericks gave up only 17 points in the second half to win their second straight game and fourth in the past six games.
“The kids are recognizing when to throw it in (to the post). We’ve got four opportunities in our break to throw it to the post,” Walters said. “The first part of the year we were passing that up. Now the kids are looking for one another and are sharing it really well.”