Orediggers Regroup To Cruise Past McMurry, 65-46
WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Behind its best defensive effort of the young season, the Colorado School of Mines women's basketball team rebounded from yesterday's 67-60 setback to host Midwestern State with a workmanlike 65-46 win over McMurry Saturday to conclude the Comfort Inn Ashbrook Classic at the D.L. Ligon Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas.
The Orediggers (3-1) were able to split their two games at the invite after limiting the Warhawks' offense to just 17-of-60 (28.3 percent) from the field and 3-of-20 (15.0 percent) from outside the arc.
Mines also turned McMurry over 18 times thanks to a season-high 12 steals, leading to 20 points on the offensive end and a 13-to-6 edge in fast break scores.
The inside duo of juniors Tory Langas and Allie Grazulis proved too much for McMurry as the two combined for 33 of the 67 Mines points, going 15-of-23 along with 15 rebounds to lift the Orediggers to a 50-to-41 advantage on the glass and plus-eight total in points in the paint (30-to-22).
Langas led all scorers with a career-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting in only 13 minutes of work, while Grazulis added 15 (7-of-13) with nine boards. Senior Angie Charchalis also finished with 15 points for her third game in double figures this season and 15th in the last 16 games.
McMurry took the first lead of the day with a free throw 24 seconds into the game, but it was all Mines the rest of the way as the Orediggers took a 33-19 lead into the break and gradually pushed the margin out to 25 late in the second at 63-38 with a 13-5 run that spanned over nine minutes.
Despite the Warhawks closing the final 2:03 of the contest on an 8-2 spurt, the 19-point spread was the largest margin of victory for Mines this season.
Keshia Collins finished with 15 points to lead McMurry (0-4), while Claire Bruffey led a bench effort that outscored its Mines counterparts by nine (21-to-12) with 12 points.
The Orediggers wrap up the non-conference portion of their schedule next weekend, Nov. 23-24, with the two-day Regis Thanksgiving Classic in Denver. Mines battles USA TODAY Sports/ESPN Division II preseason No. 11 Indianapolis at 1 p.m. on Friday, followed by a 1 p.m. tip versus Newman on Saturday.