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.

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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.

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Josue Perez is a junior mass communication student. He is from Montrose, Colorado. He began writing on staff for The Criterion in the fall of 2017 and will be assistant sports editor in the spring. He has a passion for sports and wishes to pursue a career in sports journalism.

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