5 p.m. Thursday, January 26 | Behnken Feldhaus | Salt Lake City, Utah
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Western Colorado (4-13, 3-9 RMAC) at Colorado Mesa University (7-11, 6-6 RMAC)
5:30 p.m. Saturday, January 28 | Brownson Arena | Grand Junction, Col.
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT / GRAND JUNCTION, CO. Western Colorado will head out for the next four games, beginning with Westminster College, whom they play Thursday, January 26 at 5 p.m. Two days later (January 28) they face rival Colorado Mesa at 5:30 p.m
CLIMBERS ON THE WEEKEND | SEASONAL STATISTICS | RMAC STATISTICS
- Western has been going through a rough patch lately, resulting in them losing their last six games. Although things haven’t gone the way the Mountaineers have, they have been competitive in almost every game despite only eight players appearing during that stretch.
- Emmery Wagstaff has done everything in her power to stop the Mountaineers’ losing streak, averaging 20.1 points over their last six games. Recently, she scored a season-high 30 points with 30 points against the No. 19 Colorado School of Mines. During the season, Wagstaff averaged 16 points in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) games, which is fifth in the RMAC. Wagstaff also leads the team in field goal, three-point and free-throw percentages. 36.1 percent from the field, 30.5 percent from three and 81 percent from the free throw line.
- Western as a whole ranks 15th in the RMAC with 57.3 points. A big reason they’ve been able to overcome their goal struggles is the fact that they have the seventh-ranked defense, which has dropped just 62.7 points. The Mountaineers had a top-five defense last week when it comes to abandoned points. But the Orediggers’ 94 points against Western dropped that average.
- Rachel Cockman was a consistent defender in the color, blocking 1.2 shots in RMAC competition. Which is the third best in the RMAC.
- This season, Western shoots 40.5 percent from the field (13th in RMAC), 31.7 percent from three (5th in RMAC), and 66.2 percent (13th in RMAC) from the free throw line.
- With 10 games remaining in the season, the Mountaineers currently sit 13th (3-9) in the RMAC standings and must finish 8th to advance to the RMAC tournament. For Western to win the tournament, they must win at least seven of their last 10 games – last year’s conference record of 9-12 was enough to make it into the RMAC tournament. That record was held by Western, who narrowly won the tournament after Adams State lost their last two games.
- Additionally, the RMAC must determine who made the RMAC tournament based on win percentage and the strength of the schedule – as games have been canceled due to Covid-19. Technically, the 10-12 conference record was the eighth place finisher held by the Grizzlies.
GRIFFINS TRYING TO RIGHT THE SHIP
- Westminster have been in a similar boat to the Mountaineers lately and are currently on a four-game losing streak. But, are still in sixth place (7-6) in the RMAC standings. Recently they lost 55-70 to Adams State and 53-57 to Fort Lewis.
- If Western hopes to end their losing streak, they need to stop Ashley Greenwood, who has averaged 16.6 points (third in the RMAC), and Lyndzi Rich, who is ninth with 14.2 points. Rich is an efficient scorer at 63.6 percent (2nd in RMAC) and Greenwood is not too far behind at 50.9 percent (6th in RMAC).
- The Griffins have sixth-ranked offense with 63.8 points per RMAC contest and fifth-ranked defense with 62.1 points. Overall, Westminster shoots 45.4 percent from the field (sixth in RMAC), 32.6 percent from three (third in RMAC), and leads the RMAC at the free-throw line with 75.6 percent.
MAVERICKS TRY TO KEEP THE VICTORY STREET ALIVE
- Colorado Mesa picked up two important wins in their last encounters, beating South Dakota Mines 68-61 and Fort Lewis 61-48. Those two wins helped the Mavericks move up to eighth place (6-6) in the RMAC standings.
- Olivia Reed is the leading scorer for Colorado Mesa, averaging 12.3 points at an RMAC-best 64.3 percent field goal percentage. Monica Brooks is one of the better free-throw shooters with 84.2 percent and a few spots down in eighth, Kylie Kravig is 75 percent.
- The Mavericks have the 10th-ranked offense in the RMAC with 60.5 points and the second-ranked defense with just 57.2 points. Reed leads the way for Colorado Mesa, making 1.7 saves (2nd in RMAC) and nabbing a team with 7.9 rebounds (4th in RMAC). Overall, the Mavericks shoot 39.2 percent from the field (11th RMAC), 29.7 percent from three (10th RMAC), and 74.9 percent from the free throw line (runner-up in RMAC).