Win streak continues with RMAC tournament in sight


MSU Denver guard Jaelynn Smith takes a contested shot during the game against UCCS on Feb. 18 at the Auraria Events Center. Roadrunners won the game 82-66. Photo by Kenny Martinez •

As the regular season comes to a close, the Roadrunners’ women’s basketball team is playing their best basketball of the season.

The Runners have won seven of their past eight games, a mark that includes wins over three teams in the top five of the conference. Junior guard Georgia Ohrdorf is on one of the best scoring tears of her career and has averaged 21 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in the past three games, all while shooting 52.6 percent.

Junior guard J’Nae Squires-Horton has also been playing well in her own right. In the past three games she’s averaged 18.6 points and a steal a per game. Sophomore guard Jaelynn Smith is playing the role of facilitator and has dished out 25 assists over the same period of time.

Their solid late season play has brought the team to 17-10 overall and 13-7 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. They are currently positioned in sixth place in the conference and are half a game behind Fort Lewis and Regis, who are in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

While it’s prudent for any team to rise up in the standings as far as they can to receive the most favorable RMAC tournament schedule as possible, the Roadrunners just may want to stay where they are. If the season ended today, The Runners would take on the third place team, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions, who they swept in the regular season by a combined score of 138-120.

The RMAC tournament will feature the top eight teams in the conference in a single elimination tournament hosted by whichever team has the higher seed. At this point, the Runners have a slight chance that they could gain the fourth seed and be the hosts of their first round game, but both Fort Lewis and Regis would have to go 0-2 in their last two games of the season, which is unlikely.

The Runners will need to go on a good run in the tournament in order to secure a berth in the NCAA championship tournament, but with the way Ohrdorf and company are playing right now, it’s a definite possibility.

Author: David Schaut

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