The CMU women's basketball team defended its home floor in the South Central Region quarter finals beating Texas A&M Commerce 75-65. The win improves the Mavericks to (16-0) at Brownson arena this season.
Once again it was a slow start for CMU. They got into some foul trouble where junior Sydni Brandon and sophomore Kylyn Rigsby had to sit out for a majority of the first half.
Mesa found itself down by five at halftime as they were being bullied in the paint and missed their core five on the floor.
"I'm always worried about the first one," head coach Taylor Wagner said. "Especially when you haven't played someone it kind of takes a while to figure out their tendencies, what they like to do, and how physical they are.
"You can watch film all you want, but I thought that was one of the big keys in the first half. We struggled a little bit, the foul trouble didn't help. It threw us for a loop."
The Mavericks quickly got out of the loop as they outscored the Lions 29-9 in the third quarter being the difference in the game.
"Right when we got onto the court after halftime, it was just 'we have our core group here, let's get it done,'" seniro guard Jaylyn Duran said. "We didn't look back from there."
Duran started hot and stayed hot. The South Central Region player of the year was 6-10 from three point land and ended the game with a game-high 26 points.
Once the Mavs had a fresh half of basketball and their starting five on the court, they had no doubt they they could come back and win.
"We knew what we were going to do," Sydni Brandon said. "I don't want to sound arrogant or anything. We believe in each other. At halftime we were like, 'Well we've been here before.' Our first half hasn't been great all year, but we knew we could do it."
Brandon was all over the stat sheet tonight as she put up 11 points, seven assists, and six rebounds.
Mesa will be back at Brownson Arena Saturday night for the South Central Regional semi finals of the NCAA tournament. They will play No. 3 seed Lubbock Christian at 6:00 p.m.