The Colorado School of Mines women’s basketball team squared off against Metro State Friday night at home. The large crowd, given white t-shirts to support the team and create a “white-out”, did their best to will the Orediggers to victory, but they came up short as the buzzer sounded losing to rival Metro State 46-44.
The Lady Orediggers (7-13, 6-10 RMAC), in front of a raucous crowd, jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead and controlled the play for the first 10 minutes of the half, leading 11-7 halfway through the first. Metro (10-10, 9-7 RMAC) took their first lead with 5:36 remaining and led by four at halftime, 23-19.
Starting the second half just the way they did the game, Mines scored the first five points of the half to lead 24-23. Both teams continued to trade the lead for the middle part of the second half with both teams taking six point leads. With Mines leading 34-28, Metro went on a 12-0 run to take their own six point lead with just over five minutes remaining.
With just 38 seconds left, Courtney Gallo made a three to bring Mines within two points, Metro missed the first half of the one-and-one, Allie Grazulis snatched the rebound and Mines called a timeout with just eight seconds left. With time enough for one final shot, the Orediggers got a shot off with two second left, but it fell just short, rimming out at the buzzer and the Lady Orediggers suffered a tough two point defeat at the hand of rival Metro, 46-44.
Grazulis led the way for the Orediggers with 14 points and 14 rebounds; she added three assists, two steals, and a block. Taylor Helbig scored eight for Mines and Tory Langas and Laura Tyree chipped in six points and Katie Clements added five rebounds. Mines shot 31.5 percent from the field and held Metro to 32.7 percent in what was a defensive battle. Metro just edged the Orediggers in rebounding 39-37, and both teams committed 16 fouls. Mines forced Metro into 16 turnovers, but had 13 of their own and only converted those turnovers into eight points.