WICHITA FALLS, Texas – The Colorado School of Mines women's basketball team grabbed a two-point advantage with under seven to play Friday evening against host Midwestern State at the Comfort Inn Ashbrook Classic in Wichita Falls, Texas, yet were outscored 19-10 the rest of the way as the Mustangs handed the Orediggers their first loss of the year, 67-60.
Aided by a 24-of-29 (82.8 percent) performance at the charity stripe, including 13-of-16 in the decisive second half, MSU claimed the back-and-forth battle that featured 11 ties and 15 lead changes, outscoring Mines 36-to-29 in the second half to remain perfect on the season at 2-0.
Angie Charchalis reached double digits for the 13th time in 14 contests, leading all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting.
The senior Preseason All-RMAC pick gave the Orediggers a 50-48 lead with 6:42 remaining with the go-ahead jumper, but the Mustangs finished perfect down the stretch, going 9-of-9 at the stripe and 5-of-5 from the field over the final 6:25 for their third straight win at D.L. Ligon Coliseum and 13th in their last 14 home games.
Freshman Courtney Martin collected season-highs in both points and rebounds with nine apiece to lead the Mines bench, while sophomore Taylor Helbig added eight and classmate Danielle Skinner finished with seven.
Despite a poor shooting night from the floor, Kirsti Degelia led MSU with 22 points, knocking down 12-of-13 free throws to go along with seven rebounds. Andrea Carter, the reigning Lone Star Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, finished with her second straight double-double with 12 points and 11 boards as the Orediggers were outrebounded for the first time this season, 35-to-34.
Mines finished with its lowest turnover total of the year with 16; however the Mustangs turned those giveaways into 22 points on the other end, leading to an 11-to-4 margin in fast break points and 24-to-18 edge in points in the paint.
The Orediggers conclude the two-day classic Saturday versus McMurry at 4 p.m. (MDT). The Warhawks fell to 0-3 earlier this evening with a 64-53 setback to fellow RMAC member, Fort Lewis.