Mavs Advance to Shootout Championship; Beat Ft. Lewis 73-65
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.--Colorado Mesa University (27-1) defeated Fort Lewis College (18-10) 73-65 in semifinal action in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout Championship on Friday night at Brownson Arena on the campus of CMU.
The Mavericks will play Colorado Christian for the championship title Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Cougars defeated Metro State 53-48 in the first semifinal earlier in the evening.
CMU led from start to finish and jumped out to an early lead in the contest holding a 19-2 advantage at the 12:31 mark of the first half. Ft. Lewis settled in and went on a 13-2 run in a span of three minutes to cut the Maverick lead to six points (21-15).
CMU would answer back with a 9-0 spurt for a 30-15 lead. Back again the Skyhawks came with a 13-2 run to close to within four points (32-28) with 2:12 left in the half. CMU would close out the final minutes scoring seven of the next nine points to take a 39-30 lead in to the locker room.
Katrina Selsor and Sharaya Selsor combined for 27 of CMU's 39-first half points.
The Mavericks opened the second half with back-to-back baskets by Kelsey Sigl for a 14 point lead (44-30). Fort Lewis would stay close throughout the first 10-minutes of the second half pulling to within three points ((52-49) with just over 10-minutes remaining in regulation.
It would be the closest the Skyhawks would come as the Mavericks would out score FLC 16-3 for a 68-52 lead. FLC would cut the deficit to single digits on a layup and made free throw by Katrina Garcia to end the game.
Katrina Selsor finished with a team high 22 points, had eight rebounds and four assists. Kelsey Sigl recorded 18 points and a game high nine rebounds. Sharaya Selsor had 13 points and Bruna Deichmann finished with 12 points off the bench.
FLC's Katrina Garcia led all players with 22 points, pulled down eight rebounds and had four assists. Erika Richards had 12 points and Ashley Kuchar finished with 11 points.
CMU will look to remain undefeated at home tomorrow night against the Cougars. CMU's only blemish on the year came at Colorado Christian in Lakewood on February 2, falling to the Cougars 77-73.
RMAC Shootout Championship title game is slated for 7 p.m.