Orediggers Down No. 22 Alaska Anchorage 80-74 In Season-Opener
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Colorado School of Mines women's basketball team did something no other team has done since January of 2011 – defeat Alaska Anchorage on its primary home court at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex – as the Orediggers upset the USA Today Sports/WBCA Division II preseason No. 22 Seawolves 80-74 Friday evening in Anchorage.
Meeting for the fourth time in program history and first time since Nov. 19, 1994, the Mines victory was the first in the series against the defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II West Region champions and snapped the Seawolves' 22-game home winning streak that dated back to an 81-61 setback to Western Washington on Jan. 22, 2011.
Senior guard and Preseason All-RMAC selection Angie Charchalis matched her career-best with a game-high 31 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including 5-of-9 on three-pointers, as the Orediggers shot 49.2 percent (29-of-59) for the game and 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from behind the arc.
In becoming just the seventh player in program history to eclipse the 30-point mark, Charchalis has reached double figures in her last 13 games, going back to the 2011-12 season.
Junior forward Allie Grazulis set a new collegiate-best with 20 points, going 8-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-5 at the stripe, in addition to a game-high nine rebounds, while classmate Courtney Gallo added 10 and sophomore guard Danielle Skinner finished with 12 on 4-of-4 shooting to lead the Mines bench.
Neither team led by more than nine points the entire night, with eight ties and six lead changes throughout, including four swaps in the final 5:44.
The Seawolves went ahead 74-73 with 2:35 to play on a lay-up by Alyssa Horn. However, the Orediggers finished with the game's final seven points as consecutive lay-ins by Grazulis and junior center Tory Langas, followed by a jumper from Skinner and a free throw by Charchalis resulted in the final margin and the first win for debuting first-year head coach, Brittany Simpson.
Mines has a short turnaround as the women will go for two in a row over GNAC foes tonight with a 9 p.m. (MDT) tip-off at Alaska Fairbanks.