After a close season opening loss to Oklahoma Christian on Friday night, the Lady Orediggers basketball team rebounded in strong fashion on Saturday, taking down McMurry 62-49.
The opening minutes of the game suggested that this might be another tough test for Mines as the lead changed hands numerous times and neither team was ahead by more than four points. However, in the middle of the frame, CSM’s offense just exploded on a 13-0 run, giving Mines as much as a 14-point lead. The Orediggers seemed in control of the game until late in the half, when McMurry put together their own impressive run to close the gap to seven points at the half 34-27.
Shortly into the second half, the CSM lead was cut to four points, but Mines was able to get their three-point shooting game into a groove and the lead grew to double digits once again. The Orediggers led by as much as 15 points in the later parts of the second half, and were able to coast to the 62-49 win.
Laura Tyree led Mines’ scorers with 17 points on the night to go along with three rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Allie Grazulis (5-6 shooting) and Katie Clements also scored in double figures with 15 and 11 points respectively. As a team, the Orediggers outclassed McMurry in every shooting category, including respectable marks for field goal percentage (42.2%) and free throw percentage (78.3%), plus an outstanding 50% from beyond the three-point arc.
Having finished up their season opening games for the Al Kaly Shriners’ Classic at CSU-Pueblo, the Lady Orediggers will have some time off before hitting the court again on Friday, November 29th against Trevecca Nazarene. That game tips off at 5pm at Lockridge Arena here in Golden.