Women’s Basketball Sneaks past UCCS on Late Three-point Play

The Colorado School of Mines women’s basketball team squared off against UCCS on Friday and ended their four game losing streak in exciting fashion. Thanks to a three-point play by senior Allie Grazulis in the waning seconds, Mines pulled off the 55-54 road victory. Mines never trailed by more than two points in the game, and their largest lead was nine points, less than five minutes into the second half (33-24).

After a closely contested game throughout, Mines grabbed a four point lead at 52-48 with 1:44 remaining after a three pointer by senior Katie Clements. UCCS responded with six straight points and held a two point advantage, 54-52, with just 24 seconds left on the clock. After a timeout with 18 seconds to go, Grazulis made a contested jumper in the paint and was fouled. Needing the free-throw to take the lead and complete a three-point play, Grazulis sunk the shot to give the Orediggers the lead. With just 11 seconds on the clock, UCCS heaved up desperation three-pointer at the buzzer, missing as time expired to hand Mines the one point road win.

Grazulis led the way in scoring for Mines with 22 points, and added seven rebounds and two assists. Freshman Laura Tyree added 10 points, three assists, and two rebounds, while Sophomore Courtney Martin and Junior Taylor Helbig chipped in eight each off the bench; Martin added five rebounds and a block as well. Senior Tory Langas led the team with three steals and added two assists and four rebounds.

The Orediggers shot 40% as a team from the field, 26.3% from three, and 76.9% from the free-throw line. They held UCCS to just 9.1% from behind the arch and 39.6% overall. UCCS held a 33-30 rebounding advantage, but the Orediggers led the way in second chance points with 11 to only 4 by the Mountain Lions.

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