DENVER – The Colorado School of Mines women's basketball team gave USA Today Sports/WBCA Division II No. 8 Indianapolis a scare in the early goings Saturday in Denver in the opening game of the Regis Thanksgiving Classic, but a dominating presence in the paint allowed the Greyhounds to pull away for a 67-50 victory.
Behind its length and athleticism, UIndy (3-0) compiled a decisive 44-to-12 advantage in points in the paint, finishing the afternoon 24-of-53 (45.3 percent) from the floor, including 16-of-28 (57.1 percent) in the first. The Greyhounds also outrebounded the Orediggers 41-to-29, leading to 15 second chance points.
Junior Courtney Gallo had the hot hand early, sinking her first three attempts from behind the arc, including the first two field goals of the day as Mines jumped out to a 7-2 advantage just 2:53 into the contest.
A 7-0 spurt over the next 2:16 gave the Greyhounds their first lead at 9-7 as the score remained within a three-point spread for much of the first half. Following six lead changes, sophomore Sam Rusk put Mines back on top, 18-17, at the 7:28 mark, yet a 9-2 run sparked UIndy to 22 of the final 32 points of the half and a 39-28 halftime lead.
After UIndy notched the first four points of the second, back-to-back treys from senior Angie Charchalis pulled the Orediggers within eight, 43-35, at the 16:32 mark. However, the women could pull no closer than nine as the Greyhounds steadily grinded away for the final margin.
Junior Allie Grazulis paced Mines (3-2) for the second time this season with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting for her fourth game in double figures and gathered a team-high nine rebounds. Gallo finished with 11, going 4-of-6 and 3-of-4 on triples, while junior Tory Langas added 10.
Katy McIntosh led UIndy with 19 points, knocking down 11-of-12 at the charity stripe as the Greyhounds finished 18-of-21 (85.7 percent). Sydney Weinert was a contributing factor in the frontcourt as she recorded a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards on 6-of-6 shooting to go along with five blocks.
The Orediggers wrap-up the classic at 1 p.m. tomorrow versus Newman at the Regis Fieldhouse.