Another game, another career scoring night for Daniella Turner.
The junior guard poured in 29 points Saturday night, scoring 17 points in only 13 minutes in the first half, to lead the Colorado Mesa women's basketball team to a 55-53 victory at Colorado School of Mines.
Turner scored in every way imaginable, hitting a pair of 3-pointers, scoring at the rim and hitting mid-range, step-back jumpers. She also made five of six at the free-throw line.
"She had a great weekend for us," CMU coach Taylor Wagner said of Turner, who scored 24 points on Friday night, which was then her career high. "Today especially in that first half, I don't know how many she hit in a row. We needed someone to step up offensively and take charge."
Turner did that on the offensive end, and Sydni Brandon and the guards took control on the defensive end, doubling down to help against the bigger Orediggers.
Courtney Stanton scored a career-high 23 points for Mines, but the Mavericks (6-2, 2-0 RMAC) held Denali Pinto, one of the RMAC's leading scorers, to only five points on 1-of-11 shooting.
"We wanted to be physical on her and the guards did a phenomenal job helping with the posts," Wagner said. "They were all over for us. They had a big assignment."
The game was tied 53-53 with 30 seconds to play, but Turner hit a running one-handed jumper in the lane with 20.1 seconds left. With 11 seconds remaining, Brandon came around from behind and stole the ball from Stanton in the corner and was fouled.
Mines had only committed three team fouls at that point, so instead of shooting free throws to put the game away, the Mavs put it in Brandon's hands to try to run out the clock. She took the inbounds pass on the run toward the Mavs' basket and was all alone, but instead of shooting an open layup, she circled back around, burning five seconds off the clock until she was fouled again.
On the inbounds play, Sierra McNicol was fouled, but she missed both free throws with 4.3 seconds to play, giving the Orediggers (3-4, 0-2) one final chance. Pinto's jumper in the lane as the horn sounded bounced off the back of the rim.
"Looking back at it, we probably should have had (Brandon) go score it and go up four with nine seconds left," Wagner said.
"Then we'd have to get one stop, but they still had to foul a couple more times and didn't take a lot off (the clock). Syd came up with some big plays and we held on. We got a win on the road and found a way to win."
Colorado Mines pushed a two-point lead to 10 late in the first half and the Mavericks couldn't respond with a run of their own in an 87-76 loss.
"It became a game of matchups again, and that keeps happening to us," CMU coach Mike DeGeorge said. "They caught us in a lineup they had success with before we could get it switched.
"They made a nice run and in the second half we were able to figure things out offensively, but we couldn't keep them off the glass."
The Orediggers (4-3, 2-1 RMAC) out-rebounded the Mavericks (5-3, 1-1) by 12 and scored 14 second-chance points, but where they really hurt CMU was at the free throw line, making 26 of 28 to Mesa's 15 of 23.
Georgie Dancer led CMU with 21 points, Jared Small had 12 off the bench and Clay Verk had 10.
Once final exams end this week, the Mavericks have three home games to wrap up the first semester.
"We're making progress," DeGeorge said. "No question, we played better this weekend than we have to this point, against two quality teams. We can build off this."
Indoor Track & Field
Justin Thompson set a school record in the triple jump and CMU had seven NCAA qualifying performances at the Western Colorado Open.
Thompson jumped 48 feet, 6.25 inches to shatter the record in the triple jump by more than a foot, and also cleared 6-8.25 in the high jump, both NCAA qualifying marks.
The women's team recorded five NCAA qualifying marks, including two in the 60-meter dash and two in the triple jump.
Kiana Jackson (40-1.25) won the triple jump and Chian DeLoach was second (39-5.75), both qualifying for nationals, and DeLoach won the long jump (18-8.5) to qualify.
In the 60 meters, Brooklynn York and Rachel Crutcher had a photo finish, both clocked in 7.66 seconds, with York winning. Both ran faster in the prelims to qualify for nationals.