Riding a three game winning streak into Saturday night’s game against Fort Lewis, the Lady Orediggers had high hopes of knocking off the RMAC’s fourth place team. However, Mines was not able to secure their fourth consecutive win, falling to the Skyhawks 75-60.
CSM started the game off well, putting up five points less than 60 seconds into the contest, but Fort Lewis rebounded to take the lead shortly after. The Skyhawks appeared to be pulling away midway through the first half, but Mines was able to reel them back in and even grab a 20-19 lead with about three and a half minutes left in the period. Fort Lewis grabbed the lead back, but the Orediggers went into the locker room at halftime trailing only by two, 29-27.
Mines started off hot in the second half as well, scoring four rapid points to reclaim the lead just over a minute into the second frame. Over the next several minutes, the lead changed hands four times and the game was tied many more times in between until the Skyhawks held a 38-37 edge. But Fort Lewis hit their stride midway through the second half, going on a 23-10 run that silenced any hope for an Oredigger comeback. After leading by as many as 19 points, the Skyhawks coasted the remaining few minutes to the 75-60 victory.
Allie Grazulis led CSM in scoring with 14 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Tory Langas added 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, and Laura Tyree contributed 12 more off the bench.
The Lady Orediggers (6-11, 5-8 RMAC) were outdone on virtually every category on the stat sheet, being outshot by Fort Lewis (10-7, 7-6 RMAC) from the field (37.7% vs. 43.4%), the free throw line (76% vs. 92%), and beyond the three point arc (8.3% vs. 37.5%). CSM was also out rebounded 37-30 and beaten defensively, registering fewer steals and blocks than the Skyhawks.
The Mines women’s basketball team will hit the court again next Friday night, seeking to pull the upset on the road at Colorado Mesa (17-0, 13-0 RMAC). That game tips off at 5:30 pm in Grand Junction.