Kelsey Sigl, Katrina Selsor the senior leaders for Mesa
History does not escape Katrina Selsor and Kelsey Sigl.
“Twenty-six and four,” Sigl quickly says when talking about the best women’s basketball team to take the floor at Colorado Mesa University, the 2001–02 RMAC championship squad.
“Me and Kelsey were doing our research on what was the best record that’s been here,” Selsor said. “Of course we want that. It’s our last year, and we want to be known for something. We will be, with our ‘13 up there.”
“Up there” is on the banner hanging from the rafters at Brownson Arena reserved for conference championships.
The Mavericks, on track to become the best team in CMU history at 23-1 (19-1 RMAC), play Adams State on Friday night and Fort Lewis on Saturday, which is Senior Night. Both women’s games tip off at 5:30 p.m. at Brownson Arena.
Sigl, Selsor, Effo Baker and Bruna Deichmann will be recognized after Saturday’s game along with the seniors from the men’s team: Jeff Hart, Colton Burgon and Chandler Burgon.
Selsor, who grew up in Glenwood Springs, remembers watching the 2002 team when she and her sister, Sharaya, and their family would regularly make the trip to watch their cousin, Brian Beecraft, play for the Mesa men.
Little did she know then that 11 years later, she’d be one of the best players to ever suit up for the Mavericks.
Shoot, four years ago, she was playing for RMAC rival Colorado State University-Pueblo, leading the ThunderWolves to the RMAC Shootout championship. She was the RMAC West Division freshman of the year and the RMAC Shootout MVP, but the next season she transferred closer to home.
At Mesa, she was reunited with her sister, who had transferred the year before from Metro State, and met Sigl, who had transferred from Bismarck State, to form the foundation of this team.
“I’ve said this from Day One, I don’t think the girls who ended up here ... I don’t think that was an accident by any means,” Sigl said. “I think there was a reason the girls who were here the first year, there’s a reason for all of our stories.
“How Katrina transferred, how I transferred, how Sharaya came here, and this year we get (Taylor) Rock, Bruna, Christen (Lopez) ... Effo (who transferred in two years ago). It’s a crazy little story from three years ago.”
Sigl will join Selsor on the list of the best players in Mesa history. With 1,309 points, she’s seventh on the all-time scoring list and is 22nd in rebounding with 460.
Selsor is 17th in career scoring with 903 points, ninth in carer assists with 248 and 14th in rebounding with 545.
As sophomores, they clicked right away.
“It’s not even just us three,” Katrina Selsor said of herself, Sigl and Sharaya Selsor. “I don’t know what it is. Coach (Roger) Walters always told us you couldn’t get 12 girls to get along. We’ve had our moments here and there, but this year there hasn’t been one of those moments.
“That’s why we’re so close. You can tell we get along on and off the court when we’re playing. You can tell we trust each other. That’s made us the team that we are now.”
The Mavs can challenge one another during practice or a game, tempers can flare during scrimmages, but 20 minutes later they’re laughing.
“These girls are my family,” Sigl said. “My sisters I’ve never had.”
Both credit Walters for laying the foundation and first-year coach Taylor Wagner for putting them in position to succeed.
“We had the weapons all along,” Selsor said. “I think we understood what it would take to get there. Coach Wagner’s never let us go a day without putting that message in the back of our head that we can have something special, and pushing us to our potential.”
They pushed each other during fall conditioning, using the championship banner as motivation.
“We wanted to make history this year,” Sigl said. “Obviously, win the RMAC championship. We knew what we had. I think Coach Wagner has done a great job getting us there and preparing us.
“We’ve worked hard enough to deserve what we’ve earned.”