The Colorado Mesa University (CMU) women’s basketball team wasted no time turning their Senior Night game into a memorable one. The Mavericks played one of their best games of the season, defeating Fort Lewis University 66-52. The Skyhawks came into the game as the second-ranked team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).
The first half was quite the shooting display, with the Mavericks putting on a clinic, scoring 45 points in the first half on 17-of-27 shooting (62.9 percent). CMU was 6-of-11 from three in the first half.
Erin Reichle and Jaylyn Duran put the team on their back in the first half. Reichle had 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting, while Duran scored 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting. The duo combined for all of the team’s three-pointers in the first half.
CMU scored 27 and 18 in the first and second quarters, going into halftime with a 45-18 lead. The Mavericks led by 30 in the second quarter with 2:54 remaining.
Reichle finished with a game-high 24 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Ma’ata Epenisa scored 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
CMU’s defense allowed them to grab another early lead for the second consecutive game. The Mavericks limited the Skyhawks to 5-of-28 (17.8 percent) shooting in the first half.
The two home wins were pivotal for the Mavericks as they continue their RMAC championship push.
CMU improves to 18-7 with a 12-7 RMAC record, while the Skyhawks fall to 19-6 with a 13-6 RMAC record.
The Mavericks will face off against Black Hills State University on Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m.