Two points allowed in the first quarter. Zero in the fourth.
The Colorado Mesa women's basketball team overwhelmed the University of the Southwest on Friday in the Holiday Inn-Airport Thanksgiving Classic at Brownson Arena, dominating from the start in a 92-25 rout.
It was the 100th home victory for CMU coach Taylor Wagner, who took over in 2013. The 67-point margin of victory was the most in program history, and the 25 points was the second-fewest allowed by a CMU team.
"We wanted to get out and be energized from the beginning," Wagner said. "We were excited to be home, we've played so much on the road. They were excited to play at home in front of their families and fans. Brownson's been wonderful to us over the years.
"Hopefully we've got a few more this year."
Excited to play on their home floor for the first time this season, the Mavericks played at a breakneck pace in the first half, scoring the first 28 points of the game. They had a 20-0 advantage in the fourth quarter.
"It was our first home game," CMU forward Kelsey Siemons said. "We were excited not to have to travel."
The Mustangs (1-7) didn't score until four seconds remained in the first quarter, and it was 44-14 at halftime.
"At halftime we talked about we're going to play every possession and we have to get better," Wagner said. "We weren't going to press or do anything like that, but we're still trying to learn (about) ourselves and our team and it was important today to (play with) energy for 40 minutes. We had a few lapses but for the most part they did a good job.
"It was important, too, for the girls who have been struggling shooting the ball that the ball goes in the hole. It's only going to build for them and I think that will be beneficial for us (tonight against defending NAIA national champion Montana Western)."
Kylyn Rigsby came back from a couple of rough shooting nights to score 15 points, with Siemons scoring inside and outside to finish with 18. The Mavs (3-2) had a decided size advantage — two of the Mustangs' post players didn't suit up because of illness or injury — and the Mavericks exploited that.
"Just looking at the roster we knew we had a size advantage," Siemons said. "I always look to play an inside-out game but Coach was telling us post up hard, if you draw a double someone else will be open, probably the opposite corner. He told us to pound it inside."
That they did — the Mavericks outscored Southwest 48-10 in the paint and outrebounded the smaller Mustangs 59-26.
Midway through the third quarter, up 59-17 after Siemons hit a 3 off a give-and-go with Sydni Brandon and Rigsby adding a jumper, the starters were done for the night.
The reserves — every player on the active roster played and scored — gave the Mavericks a bigger spark, allowing only eight points the rest of the game. It wasn't easy keeping the intensity at times, though.
"I think so, just because we were up by 40 and all of a sudden you have to keep going as hard as you can," junior guard Morgan Myers said. "It's hard to stick with that but with Wags telling us in the locker room, you can't let up and he barked at us a couple of times, we finally figured it out."
Getting so much playing time was a bonus.
"Honestly, putting everyone in is a big confidence booster for everyone coming in off the bench," Myers said. "It's making a statement that hey, all of us can play."
Myers finished with eight points, four steals, seven rebounds and three assists, including the prettiest one of the night.
She drove the baseline and left her feet for a wrap-around pass to Valentine Desreumaux, who hit a jumper in the lane and had her teammates leaping out of their seats on the bench.
"I honestly did not know if that was going to make it or not," Myers said. "I'm glad she caught it. I guess I got lucky with that."
For the game, the Mavericks shot 50% from the field, 45.5% from the 3-point line and allowed the Mustangs to shoot only 15.8%.
The bench provided 44 points, led by Sariah Wi Neera, who looked to attack the basket and finished with 12 points.
"I was happy they were able to get in. They work just as hard as everybody and to get rewarded, they took it serious.," Wagner said. "We talk about there is no garbage time on this team. We're going to play every possession and you're going to learn from it and compete and that's how you honor the game."
Western Colorado 58, Montana Western 52: A quick start allowed the Mountaineers to claim their first win of the season.
Taytem Coleman scored 18 points and Jessie Erickson added 10 off the bench for Western (1-2), which led 15-8 after the first quarter and held off the Bulldogs' fourth-quarter rally.
Montana Western got 17 points from Shannon Worster, but shot only 36% from the field compared to nearly 46% by Western. The Bulldogs' 21 turnovers led to 18 points for Western.