Lady Orediggers Survive New Mexico Highlands 78-75

En route to posting their third straight victory, the lady Orediggers traveled to Las Vegas–Las Vegas, New Mexico that is–and walked away with a three point victory. Mines (10-14, 9-11 in the RMAC) shot 50% from the field in the win and 87.5% on 21-of-24 shooting from the free throw line.

New Mexico Highlands struck first blood in the game with a three pointer just five seconds in, but the game remained close much of the first half. The score was tied up at seven different points in the first half, but with five minutes remaining, and the score tied 30-30, Mines scored six straight. The Lady Orediggers twice led by six points in the waning minutes of the half, and with just a minute to go, led by eight points, but NMHU cut the lead to three points at halftime with a three pointer in their final possession of the half.

The Lady Orediggers only trailed once in the half, but the game remained close throughout; with the Orediggers either holding a slight lead or knotted in a tie for most of the half, but with 1:23 remaining, the lead was six for Mines (76-70). That six point cushion was trimmed to just one point with 12 seconds left as NMHU hit five free-throws in the waning seconds. With only 12 left and down one point, New Mexico Highlands had no choice but to foul. Laura Tyree went to the free throw line with a one point lead and coolly nailed both charity shots to increase the advantage to three. NMHU let off a desperation three, but to no avail, and Mines escaped with a 78-75 victory.

Tyree led the team in scoring with 18 points off the bench and added three assists. Also with 18, Allie Grazulis also led the team with seven rebounds and two blocks. Tory Langas added 14 points, four rebounds, and two steals, and Katie Clements chipped in three assists and nine points.

Despite being outshot from the three point line by a considerable margin, 9-1, and losing the rebounding battle 39-34, Mines won the turnover battle by three, forcing NMHU into 14 turnovers (Mines only had 11 themselves). The bench was again key in the victory, with Mines scoring 29 bench points to only 18 from New Mexico Highlands; points in the paint were another contributing factor with Mines winning that battle 40-30.

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