GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Earlier this week the Lady Mavericks improved to number two in the nation according to the Top 25 Coaches' Poll, but they're not going to be satisfied until they're number one at the end of the season.
Colorado Mesa has continued to impress game after game. Though they've had a few close calls, specifically an overtime win last weekend, the ladies have come away unscathed at 17-0 overall.
This weekend they'll have the opportunity to match and even surpass the historic 18-0 start of the 2012-2013 season, but they're not letting the past dictate the future.
"A big thing is that's last year's team, this is this year's team," said senior Hanna Bowden. "It'd be nice to break that record, but it's just we're still just one step closer to the bigger goals that we're trying to achieve."
"We've got to continue to play hard, especially these next couple weeks in conference are huge for us, and then just take those steps to get to the final goal," said head coach Taylor Wagner.
The men's team may not have the best record in the conference, but they haven't lost hope with nine games left in the regular season.
They've proven time and time again that they have the potential to hang with the best in the nation, case in point, leading #3 Metro State the majority of the game last weekend.
However, their biggest problem has been putting together two solid halves to come out with the win.
"As a team we all bought into the system, but this past weekend we bought into it even more, especially in a big game like Metro, and it showed," said junior Jerry Duckworth. "That's why we were having such success. I know we came up short, but it showed that we can play good basketball."
"This year's conference is, top to bottom, pretty tough," said junior Landon Vermeer. "Night in and night out you have to bring that, but I think with the execution part, the talent is there, we've just got to execute what coach says and stuff, and then piece it all together for some wins."
The women play Colorado Mines Friday night at 5:30 PM at Brownson Arena, the men follow with a game against 13th-ranked Colorado Mines at 7:30 PM.