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Mustang Women Fall to #4 Colorado Mesa

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No. 4  Colorado Mesa reeled off a 21-3 run to break open a close game in the second half on the way to a 60-49 win over Midwestern State Friday afternoon in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional quarterfinals at the First United Bank Center.
 
The Mustangs end the season with an 18-12 record while advancing to the NCAA Division II postseason for the second consecutive season.
 
Colorado Mesa advances to face Tarleton State in the semifinal round on Saturday night. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.
 
Junior guard Dianna Jones keyed the Mustangs' strong start by scoring seven points in a game opening 9-0 run.
 
Midwestern held the Mavericks without a point until Aubry Boehme converted a 17-foot jumper with 15:17 to go in the opening half.
 
Boehme scored 10 of CMU's first 12 points to key a 17-2 run as Christina Lopez buried a 3-pointer to give the Mavericks a 17-11 advantage with 6:17 to go in the opening half.
 
But the Mustangs recovered to reel off seven more points to take an 18-17 lead on Janae McJunkins' 3-pointer with 4:54 to go in the first.
 
Colorado Mesa outscored the Mustangs 11-4 for the remainder of the half to take a 28-22 lead into the break.
 
MSU junior forward Andrea Carter got the Mustangs going at the start of the second scoring four of her team-high 15 points -- all which came in the second half -- to help Midwestern pull to within 30-28 with 17:21 to play.
 
That's when Colorado Mesa went on an extended 21-3 run over an 8:27 stretch which started and ended with a Sharaya Selsor layup to give the Mavericks a 51-31 lead with a 8:20 to go.
 
Selsor, who came in ranked second in the nation averaging 24.3 points per game, was limited to a season-low nine points on 3-of-12 shooting, but the Mavericks found others to take up the slack as Beohme finished with 19 points and Taylor Rock was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field to chip in 13 points.
 
Hannah Pollart added nine points of her own, while Christina Lopez chipped in seven.
 
But the Mustangs were far from finished.
 
Carter and Degelia combined to score the next eight points to pull MSU to within 51-39 with 5:32 to play.
 
After Boehme converted a traditional three-point play, the Mustangs reeled off nine straight points keyed by a traditional three-point play by Carter and a driving layup by Jones as the Mustangs were within six at 54-48 with 57 seconds to play.
 
The Mavericks connected on 6-of-6 free throws in the closing minute not allowing MSU to pull any closer.
 
Carter narrowly missed her 12th double-double of the season finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Dianna Jones pitched in 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
 
Degelia, who logged nine points, closes her career with 1,396 points, which ranks sixth on the school's all-time list.
 
Colorado Mesa improved to 29-1 on the season.