Sigl, Mavs roll past Chadron
Despite missing its first seven shots Friday night, the Colorado Mesa University women’s basketball team was down only five points when Kelsey Sigl finally ended the drought.
Her 3-pointer at the 16:53 mark got the Mavericks going, and they ran to an 87-43 RMAC victory over Chadron State in Chadron, Neb.
“Defensively, if you take away the first two minutes, for the 18 minutes after that we did a phenomenal job,” CMU coach Taylor Wagner said. “We gave up seven (points) in the first couple of minutes and they had 11 at the half. The girls did a really good job defensively. As our defense goes, our offense flows easier.”
The Eagles (0-4, 0-1 RMAC) came out playing hard, Wagner said, and it took the Mavericks a couple of minutes to get going.
“What our team has to realize is they’re going to get everybody’s best shot right at the beginning,” Wagner said. “We have to be as energized as them and take care of the ball and play our brand and then we’re OK. If we’re not focused, there are going to be turnovers and we’re going to give up open shots.”
Once the defense got into the swing of things, the offense got going, shooting 48 percent in the first half after those first seven misses. For the game, after shooting 62.5 percent in the second half, the Mavericks (5-0, 1-0), hit half of their shots from the field, 33 of 66, and went 15 of 20 from the free-throw line. They also made a half-dozen 3-pointers.
Sigl finished with 17 points and six rebounds and Bruna Deichmann had 15 off the bench. Hanna Bowden hit all four of her field goals and finished with 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench, and reserve point guard Effo Baker also went 4 for 4 from the field and had 10 points, six assists, two rebounds and no turnovers.
The Mavericks, who play at Black Hills State tonight in Spearfish, S.D., turned the ball over 16 times and forced 26 Chadron turnovers. The Eagles shot only 25 percent from the field.
“We talk about if we share the basketball, how are they gonna guard us?” Wagner said. “We can’t become a selfish team and worry about who’s making baskets. If we keep distributing and making teammates look good, they can’t guard us.”