Undefeated season not Mavs’ focus
It’s been whispered here and there as the winning streak has grown to 17 games for the Colorado Mesa University women’s basketball team.
Can this team run the table? Can it go undefeated in the regular season?
Right now, that’s nothing the fourth-ranked Mavericks are concerned about.
“We don’t want any pressure on us because of the ranking we have,” senior forward Katrina Selsor said before practice Thursday. “We’re grateful we are fourth in the nation and our success has paid off. We’re not putting any pressure on ourselves. We know how good we are, and we’ve gotten it done so far, and we just hope we can continue our success.”
The Mavericks (17-0, 13-0 RMAC) begin the second half of the home-and-home portion of the conference season tonight at Colorado School of Mines, a team they defeated 69-53 early in January.
The Orediggers (11-8, 8-5) have been up and down in former Mesa guard Brittany (Rowley) Simpson’s first season as coach, knocking off Metro State by one point three weeks ago, but losing three of four games since.
The CMU men’s team (13-4, 10-3), receiving votes in the national poll for the second straight week, defeated Mines (10-7, 7-6) 75-56, in part by holding center Trevor Wages scoreless in January.
At the time, Wages was the leading scorer in the conference, averaging 19 points per game. He’s now third in the conference in scoring at 16.9 points per game, but the Mavericks’ Colton Burgon refused to let Wages catch the ball low on the block, making him shoot over him.
In the second go-round of games, coaches tend to make tweaks here and there to counter what opponents do, and that will be no different this season.
The Mesa men are fourth in the conference, three games behind top-ranked Metro State, but only one back of Fort Lewis and Adams State.
The women have a three-game lead on CSU-Pueblo, Metro State and CU-Colorado Springs, all three teams the Mavericks play only once this season because of the RMAC’s unbalanced 22-game schedule.
And although the Mavs made it through the first half of the conference season unscathed, they know the second half isn’t going to be easy.
“People may say the RMAC’s not as strong this year, but we’ve seen everyone’s best,” Selsor said. “We are our own worst enemy. We know that now, with some of the games we’ve played. It’s not going to take a loss to tell us we need to do better.”
Three CMU players received first-team Academic All-District 6 honors Thursday, which makes them eligible for Academic All-America honors later this season.
Jeff Hart, a senior from Phoenix with a 3.85 grade-point average in finance, economics and marketing, made the men’s team.
Katrina Selsor, a senior from Glenwood Springs with a 3.69 GPA in kinesiology, and Kelsey Sigl, a senior from Bismarck, S.D., with a 3.63 GPA in kinesiology, made the women’s team.