SILVER CITY, N.M. – With the score all-square after 20 minutes, the Colorado School of Mines women's basketball team outscored Western New Mexico 41-24 in the second half to cruise to a 17-point road win, 70-53, in the RMAC opener at Drag's Court in Silver City, New Mexico.
Charchalis led all scorers with 23 points and equaled her career high with six treys, including 4-of-5 from distance in her 15-point first half. Grazulis recorded her team-leading second double-double and fourth of her career with a 12-point, 12-rebound effort in the second half en route to 15 points and a game-high 13 boards.
The back-and-forth first half featured six ties and seven lead changes with Mines jumping out to an 11-4 lead less than five minutes into the evening before the Mustangs evened the score at 12-12 and staked a 18-12 advantage just 4:38 later.
WNMU (1-4, 0-1 RMAC) notched the first basket of the second for its final lead of the game at 31-29 as the Orediggers quickly turned the deficit into an 11-point lead with a 16-3 outburst in less than a five-minute span and capped by a three-pointer from junior Courtney Gallo at the 14:19 mark.
Mines (4-3, 1-0 RMAC) kept the margin in double figures for much of the remainder of the game and gradually built the lead out to its largest of the night at 61-43 as freshman Courtney Martin was good on a pair at the charity stripe with 5:46 to play.
Along with posting their second-largest margin of victory, the Orediggers recorded their largest advantage on the glass this season, outrebounding the Mustangs 50-to-27, resulting in 11 second chance points.
Sophomore Taylor Helbig added 11 points and junior Tory Langas pulled down a season-best nine rebounds, while Gallo realized a new career-high with six assists. Sophomore Danielle Skinner led the Mines' bench with eight points.
Kassie Scott and Morgan Wohltman finished with 18 and 17 points, respectively, for WNMU.
The Orediggers are back at it tomorrow with a 6 p.m. (MST) tip at the John A. Wilson Complex at N.M. Highlands in Las Vegas.