GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) The RMAC basketball tournament began Tuesday night and it just so happens that both the men's and women's teams were playing Black Hills State. The men were in South Dakota and the top seeded women hosted the Yellow Jackets.
CMU shot 21% from the field in the first half and 8% from beyond the arc and they trailed the eight seeded Black Hills State 26-24 at halftime. The top scorer in the RMAC and recently crowned Player of the Year Jaylyn Duran was held scoreless.
The second half was a different story and it was sparked by Kelsey Siemons' three to begin the second half. The team shot 40% from the field and made 5-10 three pointers and closed out a 56-49 win.
Duran scored all of her game high 18 points in the 2nd half. Sydni Brandon had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double. After they worked out the jitters, CMU was able to chip away at Black Hills State.
"Yeah, I just think we came out a little flat and we can't be doing that especially now that everyone's playing to win," said Duran. "They are going to give us their best and we have to give them our best too."
"We're the one seed and this is the eight seed so I'm thinking that we can't lose this game," said Brandon. "Then I'm thinking if we want to do something really cool and host regionals, we have to win the tournament or we're not going to host."
"We got steals," head coach Taylor Wagner said. "We kept them from getting offensive boards. They only had one in the second half and I think they had six in the first half. That was huge to kind of limit them to one shot. It was kind of fun to see those girls step up and do it on both sides of the ball in those last four, five minutes of the fourth quarter."