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Colorado Mesa’s Shanna Halalilo pressures a Colorado Mines ballhandler during a recent game. Defense has been the key to the Mavericks’ successful season. Colorado Mesa plays CSU-Pueblo on Friday in the semifinals of the RMAC Shootout at Brownson Arena and the Mavs will lean on their defense in the game.

Defense doesn’t rest

Mesa relies on defensive pressure to win games

Colorado Mesa’s women’s basketball team has found its calling card.
The Mavericks (23-4) aren’t flashy offensively. They have a tendency to turn the ball over. They don’t dominate teams in the paint.
However, when it comes to giving up points, CMU is as stingy as it gets in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Mavericks give up an average of 56.9 points per game, nearly two points fewer than any other team in the league allows.
They’re second in the league in scoring margin, 9.4, and opponents shoot only 34.9 percent from the field.

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