The amazing run of the No. 25 Midwestern State Mustangs came to an end on Monday night as the No. 3 Colorado Mesa Mavericks edged MSU 69-65 at Brownson Arena in the NCAA II South Central Region Championship Game.
Colorado Mesa was up 64-63 with 1:21 to play when the Mavericks made a key defensive stop as CMU's Kelsey Sigl blocked a Dianna Jones layup that turned into a fast-break layup by the Mavs Sharaya Selsor that put MSU behind the eight-ball.
MSU missed on two other 3-point attempts in the final 1:04, the second when Jones was blocked by Effo Baker with eight seconds to play.
MSU got the ball back and closed it again to one at 66-65 on a pair of Andrea Carter free throws, but in fouling to get the ball back, MSU allowed the Mavericks to stretch the lead.
Sigl led CMU with 24 points and six rebounds, while Bruna Deichmann added 21 points.
MSU was paced by junior Kirsti Degelia who scored 20 points, while sophomore Andrea Carter fired in 18 points with 13 rebounds for her 17th double-double of the year. Sophomore Dianna Jones canned 12 points for MSU, while sophomore Shatoia Gober added 11. Degelia, Jones and Gober all had five rebounds.
The Mustangs (26-6) had opportunities early.
MSU had an eight-point lead with 11:06 to play in the first half, but the Mavs went on a 14-3 run to over take that advantage.
Midwestern came back to tie the game at 31-all at the half.
The game went back and forth in the second half, with neither team gaining more than a four-point lead.
MSU gained its final advantage with a three-point 59-56 lead with 5:46 to play. But a pair of Sigl free throws set up a jumper by CMU's Deichmann with 4:32 to play that gave Mesa a lead it would not relinquish.
Carter's 13 boards gave her 340 for the year, breaking the MSU season rebound record set by Lounette Adkins (Decker) of 335 in 1980-81.
Degelia, who joined the 1,000-point club against West Texas A&M in the Lone Star Conference Tournament Championship Game, raised her career total to 1066 points, 16th on the all-time list.
Degelia also totaled 526 points for the season, making it the seventh-best season performance in MSU history.