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Wayne State (Neb.) defeats CSM, 72-48, on day one of the Super 8 Tip-off Classic

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Colorado School of Mines women’s basketball team opened the 2009-10 season at the Super 8 Tip-off Classic (hosted by Northern State Univ.) falling to Wayne State College (Neb.) by a score of 72-48 on Sunday evening at Wachs Arena.

Emily Dalton drained a jumper to start the game for the Orediggers 13 seconds in but the Wildcats scored 11 unanswered points in the three plus minutes that followed to take an early nine-point lead.

CSM cut the lead down to five with back-to-back baskets from Savannah Afoa and Katie Carty but Wayne State continued to shoot well from the field increasing its lead. WSC knocked down nine first half three pointers (9-of-12, 75.0 %) and shot 55.6 % from the field and as a result had a double-digit lead at halftime.

Mines outscored the Wildcats in the second half, 28-26 as Wayne State shot just 27.3 % from the field. The Orediggers, who shot 32.1 % in the first half, shot 42.9 % in the second half of play.

Three players finished the game in double-figures for Mines. Savannah Afoa had a double-double with 12 points (6-of-13 FG) and 14 rebounds (10 offensive rebounds). Brecca Gaffney was one rebound shy of a double-double (12 points, nine rebounds) and made six of her eight free throws. Dalton chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds.

The Orediggers (0-1 overall) will take on Northern State on the second and final day of the Super 8 Tip-off Classic tomorrow, Nov. 16th at 5:00 pm.

For more information about Colorado School of Mines Athletics, please contact Assistant Sports Information Director Katie Simons at ksimons@mines.edu.

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