The Lady Oredigger basketball team took to the court for the final time this regular season Saturday night in Lakewood, competing against Colorado Christian University. Not able to complete the season on a winning note as hoped, Mines fell to the Cougars 65-53.
Courtney Gallo got things started early for the Orediggers, hitting an early layup to spark an early 6-0 to start the game for Mines. But the Cougars would come storming back, tying things up at 12 apiece about halfway through the period. The rest of the half would go in favor of CCU, and on 44.8% shooting in the frame, the Cougars would go into the locker room at halftime ahead of the Orediggers 33-24.
Both teams emerged from the break with the same momentum levels they had ended the first half with, as CCU went on to build a 37-23 lead before Mines was able to sink a shot in the second half. From there on out, CSM was able to keep pace with the Cougars, but the early deficit proved to be too much for the Orediggers to overcome. CCU ended the game on an 8-3 run to secure the 65-53 victory over Mines.
Gallo led Mines scorers on the evening with 16 points and was the only Oredigger to reach double figures in the game. Katie Clements added nine points, and Allie Grazulis came close to posting a double-double in the game with seven points and 11 rebounds. On the team stat sheet, the Cougars held every edge over the Orediggers. CCU outshot Mines everywhere from the field except for the free throw line, out rebounded Mines, and committed fewer turnovers.
The loss put the Orediggers at 11-15 (10-12 RMAC) overall, and ninth place in the final regular season RMAC standings. However, with only the top eight teams earning bids to the conference tournament, this proved to be the final game for the Lady Orediggers this season, and the final games in the careers of six Orediggers. Clements, Grazulis, Gallo, Tory Langas, Laura Brigham, and Catherine Jimenez all wrap up their Mines basketball careers after several hard-working years contributed between them. The Lady Orediggers will now look towards preparing for the 2014-15 season to begin next winter.