The Mavs’ competition

A closer look at each of the teams in the South Central Regional tournament

Kelsey Sigl was the RMAC player of the year and is the leading scorer for Colorado Mesa.



Katerina Garcia makes the Fort Lewis offense go, whether scoring or passing to an open teammate.



Colorado Mesa University Mavericks

Coach: Taylor Wagner, 1st season

Record: 28-1

Regional Ranking: 1

National Ranking: 4

Starters

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Christen Lopez PG 5-4 Jr. 5.5 2.4 3.2 39.3 37.0 54.5

Sharaya Selsor G 5-9 Jr. 12.6 2.9 3.4 42.9 42.4 76.8

Taylor Rock G 5-10 Jr. 3.3 3.3 0.85 26.6 22.1 47.8

Katrina Selsor F 6-1 Sr. 14.8 8.3 3.8 47.8 36.3 81.8

Kelsey Sigl F 6-0 Sr. 18.5 7.0 1.2 56.2 44.8 85.0

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Bruna Deichmann G 5-9 Sr. 9.4 4.8 1.2 43.2 20.8 78.7

Effo Baker PG 5-5 Sr. 2.4 1.1 1.0 39.3 33.3 73.1

Hanna Bowden P 6-1 Jr. 2.9 2.9 0.41 54.5 0.0 52.0

Season recap: First-year coach Taylor Wagner took a veteran team and increased its strength and conditioning levels in the fall and installed his system, with an emphasis on defense. The Mavericks opened the season with a school-record 18-game winning streak and steadily moved up the national rankings to No. 4, the highest in school history. Colorado Mesa’s 28 wins are also a school record. After their only loss, 77-73 at Colorado Christian, the Mavericks won 10 straight. Kelsey Sigl is the RMAC player of the year, she and Katrina Selsor were unanimous first-team All-RMAC picks and Sharaya Selsor also made the first team. All three made the Shootout all-tournament team, with Katrina Selsor the MVP.

Coach Wagner says: “I think there’s something special going on. A couple weeks ago I talked to them a little bit about the season and why it was so special. And it’s not the wins. That’s great and that’s the gravy on top, but the program’s bigger than that. I told them if you haven’t learned anything about yourself, that you can push yourself a little bit harder, if you haven’t learned anything about the team, if you haven’t learned about working together, then I’ve failed as a coach. If you haven’t learned anything about what it takes to work hard, then I’ve failed as a coach.”

Midwestern State University Mustangs

Coach: Noel Johnson, 5th season

Record: 24-5

Regional Ranking: 2

National Ranking: 25

Starters

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Kirsti Degelia G 5-8 Jr. 16.3 3.8 3.4 38.6 29.6 80.6

Andrea Carter F 5-10 So. 13.0 10.2 1.3 48.4 0.0 69.9

Dianna Jones G 5-9 So. 9.3 3.5 3.5 35.3 36.6 84.0

Shatoia Gober G 5-8 So. 9.3 5.7 1.7 47.4 18.2 71.6

Shambreka Jones F 6-1 So. 3.9 3.6 0.6 34.9 0.0 41.9

Key Reserves

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Skyler Warrick F 6-0 Jr. 6.0 3.4 0.4 45.3 25.0 78.3

Lisa Hampton G 5-10 So. 5.2 1.5 0.7 35.6 35.4 75.5

Taylor Dowd F 6-3 So. 3.7 1.3 0.3 50.0 22.2 66.7

Ashley Rush G 5-8 Sr. 3.7 1.3 1.8 36.7 39.4 71.0

Season recap: An 11-game winning streak after the first of the year propelled the young Mustangs to a share of the Lone Star Conference regular-season title with Abilene Christian. In the conference tournament championship game, Midwestern rallied from 14 points down against West Texas A&M and won it in overtime. Andrea Carter averages a double-double and is the Mustangs’ high-energy leader on the floor. Kirsti Degelia is the daughter of a coach — her mother was her high school coach, and her grandfather was also a high school coach — and understands who needs the ball when and where on the floor, coach Noel Johnson said. Johnson, who played on the 1993 NCAA women’s championship team at Texas Tech, said her squad prefers an up-tempo style of play on both ends of the floor.

Coach Johnson says: “Our key is getting young kids here for four years and creating a family atmosphere. These kids have bought into that and are continuing to grow and learn. We’ve hit our learning plateaus and have gotten learning curves going, but these kids have busted through those learning curves.”

St. Mary’s University Rattlers

Coach: Jason Martens, 7th season

Record: 22-6

Regional Ranking: 3

National Ranking: Receiving votes (10)

Starters

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Felicia Jacobs G 5-6 Sr. 10.8 6.1 2.3 46.4 37.0 74.1

Liz Boyd G 5-7 Sr. 7.5 4.6 3.5 35.3 41.8 80.2

Jackie Woods G 5-7 Jr. 15.9 3.7 3.0 42.6 35.5 71.2

Morgan Pullins F 6-0 So. 11.9 7.5 0.6 54.6 0.0 55.0

Mariah Lee F 5-11 Jr. 6.7 3.9 0.3 47.3 0.0 69.6

Key Reserves

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Bria Bell F 5-11 Jr. 4.4 4.7 0.1 43.8 0.0 49.0

Lia Kioa G 5-9 Jr. 9.1 2.2 1.4 36.5 37.7 65.8

Dezirae Elias G 5-3 Fr. 4.0 1.7 2.0 38.3 28.1 68.6

Season recap: St. Mary’s comes in riding a six-game winning streak, including two overtime wins, one in the championship game of the Heartland Conference tournament. The Rattlers were down six with less than a minute to go in regulation, tied the game in the final seconds and beat Texas-Permian Basin 74-71 in overtime. “I had to watch it on film,” St. Mary’s coach Jason Martens said. “It was just a blur.” Jackie Woods makes the Rattlers go, a player who can score in a variety of ways, Martens said.

Coach Martens says: “We talk about chemistry being so key. You can have the most talented group in the world but you have such poor chemistry you can’t win a game. Or you can have a group that’s not very talented or lacks a little on talent but has great chemistry and you win a lot of games. We’ve got a little bit of both.”

university of Texas-Permian Basin Falcons

Coach: Jerome Willis, 1st season

Record: 20-7

Regional Ranking: 4

National Ranking: Receiving votes (2)

Starters

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Teisha King G/F 5-8 Sr. 19.1 5.3 4.2 45.3 26.6 73.1

Taniqua Ards F 5-10 Sr. 15.1 6.4 1.3 48.6 22.2 71.3

Briannah Matthews F/C 6-0 Sr. 8.4 6.9 0.6 56.2 33.3 60.3

Giselle Loya G 5-8 So. 7.3 2.4 1.0 33.2 35.7 68.4

Jocelyn Cook G 5-6 Jr. 3.8 2.1 1.6 39.2 44.7 71.1

Key Reserves

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Brianna Dominguez F/C 6-0 Sr. 4.4 1.7 0.4 35.8 35.2 88.9

Zeslie Johnson G/F 5-9 Jr. 4.0 2.4 0.6 41.0 16.7 54.5

Naderra Carey G 5-7 Jr. 2.4 2.9 2.5 26.3 0.0 43.2

Season recap: The Falcons hit a little bump the final week of the season, losing a pair of overtime games, but before that, Permian Basin was one of the hottest teams in the region. A 13-game winning streak, including 11 straight in Heartland Conference play, led the Falcons to the regular-season title. Led by Teisha King, the Heartland player of the year, Permian Basin reached the title game of the conference tournament but lost to St. Mary’s 74-71 in overtime. The Falcons like to get up and down the floor, but if it turns into a half-court game, they’re fine with that, too.

Coach Willis says: “We’re trying to enjoy (the regional experience). It’s not normal and we’re not going to treat it as normal. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime and with five seniors, you don’t get (this chance often). We’re going to enjoy every moment and not hold back much. The games will be as normal, but the experience and everything that comes with it, we’re going to go out and enjoy that part of it and have fun.”

ABilene Christian University Wildcats

Coach: Julie Goodenough, 1st season

Record: 21-6

Regional Ranking: 5

National Ranking: Receiving votes (16)

Starters

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Mackenzie Lankford G 5-7 Jr. 14.3 3.8 2.3 40.7 29.2 74.6

Renata Marquez F 5-8 Jr. 13.1 6.0 2.6 43.4 33.3 80.6

Kelsey Smith C 6-2 Sr. 11.2 6.9 0.9 49.1 36.8 73.3

Sadie Dickinson F 5-10 So. 10.5 5.0 1.3 40.7 33.3 71.6

Whitney West G 5-7 Fr. 8.1 2.6 2.0 44.8 42.6 65.1

Key Reserves

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Savannah Smith G 5-6 Jr. 3.3 1.6 1.2 38.9 39.4 71.7

Kynzie Newman G 6-0 Fr. 8.0 2.9 1.7 38.5 32.8 91.1

Shannon Sanders G 5-8 So. 2.0 3.2 1.9 28.6 10.0 58.1

Season recap: After being upset in the first round of the Lone Star Conference tournament, the Wildcats went home to practice, using that time to “get better at our own game,” coach Julie Goodenough said. The first-year coach inherited a veteran team that quickly adapted to her style of coaching. This is the ninth regional tournament for the Wildcats, and their final one. Abilene Christian is moving to Division I status next fall and will join the Southland Conference.

Coach Goodenough says: “This was just an awesome season for us. I was fortunate to inherit a good group of young ladies who fit into my style of play They learned our philosophies and came together as a team pretty quickly and figured out how to win games.”

metro state university roadrunners

Coach: Tanya Haave, 3rd season

Record: 20-9

Regional Ranking: 6

National Ranking: Receiving votes (2)

Starters

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Amy Nelson F 5-11 Jr. 11.0 5.4 1.4 46.9 22.2 66.7

Emily Wood G 5-9 Sr. 10.9 3.4 2.7 42.1 35.0 85.2

Kristin Valencia G 5-10 Sr. 9.4 8.6 3.0 40.4 17.1 76.8

Cassie Lambrecht G 5-5 Jr. 9.0 3.9 2.4 36.7 29.7 69.1

Brandi Valencia G/F 5-10 Sr. 6.4 4.7 1.1 36.7 29.7 69.1

Key Reserves

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Tai Jensen C 6-0 Jr. 5.0 3.8 0.5 38.9 33.3 76.5

Jenessa Burke F/G 5-9 So. 7.8 3.3 0.9 54.0 41.7 70.0

Kya DeGarmo G 5-3 Jr. 4.7 1.5 2.2 34.1 32.9 81.5

Season recap: Metro State is used to postseason play, and the Roadrunners expect to compete at the national level. A key player for Metro is Jenessa Burke. The 5-9 power forward came off the bench to lead Metro in its loss to Colorado Christian in the RMAC Shootout semifinals with 17 points. She’s been slowed by a mystery illness much of the season. Haave said doctors suspect Burke might have lupus, and is on medication. “She dug down deep,” Haave said of the CCU game. “She told one of the seniors, ‘I think I’m gonna pass out.’ (The senior) said, ‘If you do, we’ll pick you up.’ It was a gutty performance.”

Coach Haave says: “The coach needs to remember (Metro has won 20 games), too, sometimes. We still have really good players and good kids and we’ve had a good season. And it’s not over. They’ll have to drag us out of there kicking and screaming.”

TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY TexAnns

Coach: Ronnie Hearne, 10th season

Record: 19-9

Regional Ranking: 7th

National Ranking: Not ranked

Starters

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Kiara Wright C 6-1 Jr. 18.1 14.1 1.9 60.6 0.0 65.0

Peyton Adamson G 5-7 Jr. 15.5 1.8 1.0 42.6 44.9 89.8

Brianna Bledsoe G 5-8 Jr. 9.2 3.3 2.2 41.6 35.3 81.6

Morgan Ashmore G 5-7 Fr. 4.2 2.2 4.2 32.2 25.4 65.8

Cheyenne Berry G/F 5-9 Jr. 8.5 4.2 2.9 45.9 0.0 72.7

Key Reserves

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Erin Sims F 5-11 Fr. 3.7 3.3 0.8 49.4 0.0 53.1

Meagan O’Dell F 5-11 Fr. 1.6 0.6 0.2 34.5 26.7 55.6

Raven McGrath G 5-4 Fr. 2.5 1.1 0.4 52.4 30.0 100.0

Season recap: The TexAnns overcame the loss of two crucial post players to qualify for the regional tournament. After an 8-0 conference start, Tarleton lost 5-11 junior post Shanae Lowrance (ACL tear) and 6-0 sophomore post Karli Moore (broken hand) in the same game against Midwestern State. Tarleton finished third in the conference once the TexAnns made a few adjustments. Cheyenne Berry, a 5-9 guard, moved to a forward spot, and to stay out of foul trouble, Tarleton plays more zone than usual. Today’s game will be the fourth time Tarleton has played Midwestern State, going 0-3.

Coach Hearne says: “We’ve had to play a lot of freshmen. A lot of times I’ll have four freshmen on the floor at the same time. They’ve had to grow up quite a bit, but I guess it will help us in the long run. We’re looking forward to the experience of being there and seeing how good the other teams are in our region.”

FORT LEWIS COLLEGE SKYHAWKS

Coach: Jason Flores, 1st season

Record: 18-10

Regional Ranking: 8

National Ranking: Not ranked

Starters

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Ashley Kuchar G 5-8 Jr. 12.4 3.2 2.8 39.3 34.9 95.3

Erika Richards G 5-9 Jr. 11.6 5.6 1.4 40.2 30.0 71.9

Katerina Garcia G 5-5 Sr. 11.6 3.9 5.0 40.8 31.6 72.9

Christie Groh F 6-1 Jr. 10.8 6.6 1.0 41.8 20.8 63.3

Alex Easterbrook G 5-6 Sr. 9.7 4.3 3.6 40.5 35.8 74.6

Key Reserves

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Mary Brinton F 6-0 RFr. 5.9 3.9 0.2 61.7 0.0 58.1

Kaile Magazzeni F 6-1 So. 3.4 3.0 0.6 45.2 0.0 80.0

Kylie Santos G 5-7 Fr. 2.0 0.7 0.3 26.8 28.6 77.8

Season recap: A 1-5 start didn’t deter the Skyhawks, who won nine in a row to turn an 8-8 record into 17-8 entering the final game of the regular season, a loss at Colorado Mesa. Fort Lewis beat CSU-Pueblo in the RMAC Shootout quarterfinals to get a rematch with the Mavericks, their third loss of the season to Mesa, in the semifinals. Coach Jason Flores said the Skyhawks need to play better defense and be more patient offensively in the fourth go-round against the Mavericks, and there’s one more thing: “Other than us not winning any of those, that’s what we can do different,” he said.

Coach Flores says: “I think it’s definitely a rivalry, but it’s different in terms of we have a lot of respect for each other. We play hard against each other but our players respect those guys over there (at CMU) ... It’s a great rivalry, it’s heated and there can be some great games. It’s not an ugly rivalry.”


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