In a rough exhibition against NCAA Division I team Colorado, the Lady Oredigger basketball team fell 91-42 in Boulder on Saturday.
The Buffaloes took the lead early and never let up, ending the first half up 40-21. With three of CU’s players shooting 50% or better from the field, the second half was even more one-sided, leading to a final score of 90-42.
Tory Langas led all Mines scorers with 11 points on the night on three of five shooting plus five of six from the free throw line. Courtney Gallo added nine points and Sam Rusk scored eight. Allie Grazulis scored six and Katie Clements put up four points. Off of the bench, Laura Tyree added three more points and Courtney Martin added one.
Despite two rather large exhibition losses to CU and CSU the night before, this experience against upper-division competition should pay massive dividends for the Lady Orediggers in the end, as nobody else on CSM’s schedule the rest of the season should be as difficult to face as these two D-I schools. Mines is currently unranked in the NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll for women’s basketball, but they did receive ten votes on the initial poll. They will look to start rising in these rankings when their official season starts on November 15th. The Orediggers will tip off their 2013-14 season with the two-day Al Kaly Shriners’ Classic tournament in Pueblo where they will take on Oklahoma Christian and McMurry. Both of those games tip off at 1pm on the campus of CSU-Pueblo.