Mines’ women’s basketball has a 13-2 conference record, ranking them first in the RMAC. The team enjoyed a thirteen game win streak which ended in a game against Colorado State Pueblo on Jan. 22.
The Orediggers responded with back-to-back wins against Western State (Jan. 23), and South Dakota School of Mines (Jan. 29) before falling to Black Hills State (Jan. 30).
“I think it’s a big deal we went through that win streak. It’s also a big part of the game to be able to come back from a loss and keep on trucking even though we lost the streak,” senior forward Courtney Martin said.
Although the team has played well enough to achieve 13 victories, there is still room for improvment.
“I think we are playing with confidence, but I think we still aren’t playing to our full potential. We need to strive to be the team that we know we can be,” junior guard Laura Tyree said.
As the team approaches the final stretch of their season, they continue to emphasize not being satisfied and the importance of striving for improvement.
“We can’t be satisfied with the success we’ve had because we have not had our best game yet and haven’t played to our full potential. We just need to continue to get better every single day in practice,” explained Tyree.
Going into the last weeks of conference play, the team is striving to be even more focused on the court.
“I think we’re just focused on playing the full forty minutes. We can’t let up for even a quarter or five minutes. We just have to go hard the whole time,” Martin explained.
The Lady Orediggers’ own “style” of basketball may contribute to their success.
“Mines’ focus is always to defend, rebound, and execute,” Kollomorgan continued to explain.
The Lady Orediggers play home games against New Mexico Highlands on Feb. 12 and Western New Mexico on Feb. 13.
Above: Laura Tyree dribbles past a CSU Pueblo defender on Jan. 22. The Orediggers lost the game 59-50, snapping a 13 game winning sreak.