Created: Sat, 08 Mar 2014 11:56:00 MST
Updated: Sun, 09 Mar 2014 12:00:05 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Christen Lopez scored a career-high 25 points and led Colorado Mesa to a 73-55 win over Black Hills State in the RMAC Shootout Championship game in Brownson Arena on Saturday night. Lopez was named the Tournament's MVP and helped the Mavericks win their second straight RMAC Shootout championship.
Lopez was 10-of-14 from the floor, including a career-high four three-point baskets and added five assists and four steals.
After leading just 37-32 at the half, Colorado Mesa came out and immediately went on a 15-5 run to start half. The Mavericks held the Yellow Jackets to just 23 second-half points and just six made field goals.
Black Hills State had a higher field-goal percentage than Colorado Mesa on the night (48.6-47.3) but turned the ball over 21 times that led to 26 Maverick points.
Sharaya Selsor finished the game with 19 points and seven rebounds. Selsor moved into fourth place on the all-time scoring list and has eclipsed 700 points on the season. She was named to the RMAC Shootout All-Tournament team.
Aubry Boehme was also named to the All-Tournament team and finished the night 15 points and three rebounds.
Chelsey Biegler of Black Hills State led all scorers with 27 points including 11-for-11 from the free-throw line.
Colorado Mesa received the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA South Central Regional tournament and will await who and where they play next weekend.
The NCAA Tournament selection show will air online at 8:00pm mountain time on NCAA.com.