FORT COLLINS – In its lone exhibition game of the preseason, the Colorado School of Mines women's basketball team played even with Division I foe Colorado State for more than half, yet a 15-0 first half run by the Rams proved too much to overcome as the Orediggers fell 61-48 at Moby Arena in Fort Collins on Thursday.
Senior guard and Preseason All-RMAC selection Angie Charchalis led Mines with a double-double behind 11 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four assists, while classmate Allie Grazulis went 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 at the charity stripe for a team-high 14 points.
The Orediggers finished with a plus-12 advantage in rebounding (51-to-39) and held the Mountain West preseason No. 5 Rams to 36.5 percent (23-of-63) shooting on the night, including 35.7 percent (10-of-28) from behind the three-point line.
Sam Martin, older sister of freshman Courtney Martin paced CSU with a game-high 16 points, while pulling down 11 boards and swatting three shots. In her first collegiate action, Martin finished with four points to lead the Mines bench.
The Orediggers open the regular season campaign on the road next weekend with two games in Alaska, beginning with a 9 p.m. (MST) clash with No. 22 Alaska Anchorage on Friday, Nov. 9.