Cervantes leads record-breaking night
Roadrunners top century mark eighth time in program history
DENVER – Jasmine Cervantes helped Metro State rewrite its record books on Saturday night, recording the first triple-double in school history as the third-ranked Roadrunners pounded Western New Mexico 109-47 in the Auraria Event Center. Metro State improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while WNMU fell to 0-5 and 0-2.
Desiree Collins drains one of her five field goals. It was the eighth time in Metro State history the Roadrunners topped the century mark.
Metro State broke the school record for points scored in regulation, topping the previous record of 108 against Colorado Mines on Feb. 11, 1992. The overall record of 111 points came in a double overtime game against Colorado Christian on Dec. 19, 1999.
The Roadrunners also broke the school records for field goals and field goal percentage, going 44-for-72 (.611), topping the record of 42 field goals from the Colorado Mines game in 1992. The previous field goal percentage record was .591 against the University of Denver on Feb. 3, 1987 (26-for-44).
Cervantes finished the night with career highs of 17 rebounds and 11 assists to go with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting. She also had three steals and three blocked shots.
Jenessa Burke was also close to a triple-double with nine assists, eight points and seven rebounds.
Alyssa Benson led all scorers with 20 points, hitting 4-of-6 from the outside. Amy Nelson scored a career-high 17 points off the bench, shooting 6-of-8 from the floor and 5-of-6 at the line. Desiree Collins was in double figures for the second night in a row with 14 points, making all five shot attempts and all four free throw attempts.
All 11 players on Metro State's active roster scored, including Emily Wood and Candice Kohn with nine each, Kristin Valencia and Burke with eight each, Caley Dow with six, Jordan Arguello with three and Brandi Valencia with two.
The Roadrunners held a 52-17 rebounding advantage for a +35 rebounding margin, one shy of the school record +36 rebounding margin set on Nov. 30, 1991, against New Mexico Highlands. In addition to Cervantes' 17 boards, Kristin Valencia had eight and Dow and Burke each had seven. The Mustangs nearly had the lowest rebound total for a Metro State opponent ever, edging the record of 16 by Colorado State-Pueblo in 1996.
Metro State led 57-21 at halftime, the most points at the break since Nov. 20, 2004, against Cal State Los Angeles, and came up four points shy of the first-half scoring record of 61 after shooting 61.5 percent. Cervantes had 11 points, five assists and four points in the midway point.
For the game, Metro State had 58 points in the paint, while holding WNMU to just 10. The Roadrunners also dominated second-chance points 29-1 and outscored the Mustangs 14-0 on fastbreaks.
Metro State scored 20 points off just 15 turnovers by the Mustangs, while holding WNMU to 28.1 percent shooting.