Selsor propels Mavs
With the game on the line, the ball was going to be in Sharaya Selsor’s hands.
The senior guard hit seven of eight free throws Friday night in the final 36 seconds to help the fifth-ranked Colorado Mesa women’s basketball team hold off Western New Mexico 57-51 in Silver City, N.M.
From the start, the Mavericks (7-0, 3-0 RMAC) struggled against the Mustangs and could never pull away.
“Western New Mexico, you’ve got to give it to them, they played really hard and defended us really well and we didn’t respond,” CMU coach Taylor Wagner said.
“Not to take anything away from them, but we weren’t ready. I think we think we just need to show up sometimes, and that’s enough. They outworked us.”
Wagner said he’s warned the Mavs to be ready, especially on the road in the RMAC.
“It’s only going to get harder,” he said. “It’s something we have to realize, and we’ve been talking about forever: You’re everybody’s Super Bowl. They’re getting up to play you, and we need to raise the level of our game each weekend, each game. We’ve got to grow a little bit more.”
Colorado Mesa turned the ball over 21 times, giving Western New Mexico (4-4, 1-2) 18 points off turnovers to the Mavs’ 13 off 15 WNMU turnovers.
“We shot (16 fewer) times than them,” Wagner said. “That’s the tale of the story. We had six more turnovers, not a good recipe for success.”
Mesa led by only two, 26-24, at halftime, fell behind by three early in the second half, then rallied.
A 3-pointer by Taylor Rock with 9:41 to play in the game gave the Mavericks their biggest lead to that point, 42-35.
With just more than four minutes to play, a layup by Selsor, who led the Mavericks with 22 points, made it a 49-41 lead.
Still, Western New Mexico kept countering until the Mustangs were forced to foul. Siu Lo’amanu made one of two, then Selsor took care of the rest.
Rock hit two 3-pointers for her six points, and Lo’amanu had four. Christen Lopez, Hannah Pollart and Erin Reichle each scored two points, not the production Wagner wants.
“Aubry (Boehme, 19 points) and Sharaya offensively did fine and went to the free-throw line,” Wagner said. “Nobody else stepped up. On the road to be good and win championships, you have to have that third and fourth scorer, and we didn’t have that tonight.
“We were lucky to get out of here the way everything was going.”