The Lady Oredigger basketball team squared off against Adams State on Friday, looking to snap their two game losing streak and begin their road trip with a conference win.
Adams State scored the first bucket of the game, and looked to be in control of the game as they shot the ball well for the first five minutes of the half. But that was as much control that the Grizzlies would have. Mines soon battled back to take the lead 8-6, a lead they would never relinquish. Mines then went on a 13-5 run to jump out to a 21-11 lead halfway through the first period. The Lady Orediggers then stepped up their defense and took advantage of Adams State turnovers to lead 33-28 at the half. Mines shot 40% in the first with balanced scoring as seven players had scored at least two points. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies were only shooting 37.5%.
If the defense was good for Mines in the first half, it was otherworldly in the second half. After Adams State scored the first two baskets of the second half to push the score to 33-32, the Lady Orediggers went on a 12-3 run, forcing Adams State to take a timeout with just under 12 minutes remaining. After the timeout, Mines continued their run, stretching the lead to 16 points with just under five remaining. The Grizzlies made a few more runs, but never got closer than 10 points. In the end, the final score was CSM 58, ASU 46.
The win brought the Lady Orediggers to 11-7 on the season and 8-4 in the RMAC. The ladies from Golden won thanks to a defense that allowed season bests in points and field goals allowed. The Grizzlies made only 14 baskets on the night and shot just 32.6% for the game and 26.3% in the second period. While Mines did not shoot well themselves (35.5% from the field, 30% from three, and 72.7% from the line) their defense was good enough to get the victory. Mines also recorded a season-high eight blocks and forced Adams State into 18 turnovers versus just 11 for the Lady Orediggers.
In what was a spectacular team effort defensively, the team had balanced scoring offensively with four starters reaching the double digit mark on the night. Allie Grazulis and Taylor Helbig led the team in scoring with 14 apiece while Tory Langas chipped in 11 points, added five rebounds and a career high three blocks. The fourth Oredigger with double digit points was Angie Charchalis with 10. Grazulis led the team with eight rebounds and added three assists and two blocks. Helbig and Charchalis also chipped in three assists.