LAS VEGAS, N.M. – Colorado School of Mines shot nearly 50 percent from the floor at N.M. Highlands, but were undone by 15 giveaways as the Cowgirls rallied for an 84-82 home win in RMAC women's basketball action Saturday at the John A. Wilson Complex in Las Vegas.
The 15 turnovers were fifth-fewest in a game for Mines this season, yet NMHU (2-4, 2-0 RMAC) capitalized with 22 points at the other end, including the go-ahead basket with eight seconds remaining. The Cowgirls also turned 17 offensive rebounds into a 19-to-7 advantage in second chance points.
Behind 51.0 percent (14-of-27) shooting in the second half, the Orediggers appeared in line for their second conference win building a six-point, 79-73 lead with just 2:40 to play. However, NMHU fought back to tie the game at 80-80 and following a jumper from sophomore Sam Rusk, the Cowgirls' Alyssa Lopez calmly sank two of her game-high 24 points at the line with 26 ticks left, evening the score for the eighth time.
Lopez then followed with the decisive score, gathering a Mines turnover and laying it in for the 11th and final lead change of the evening.
Led by senior Angie Charchalis, the Orediggers (4-4, 1-1 RMAC) finished 28-of-57 (49.1 percent) from the field and 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from three-point range. Charchalis was one of three starters in double figures, finishing with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-6 from deep.
Sophomore Taylor Helbig recorded a season-high 18 and junior Tory Langas was one shy of her season-best with 17, going 5-of-8 and 7-of-8 on free throws. Langas and senior Taylor McBain tied for the game lead with eight boards as Mines outrebounded the Cowgirls, 41-to-37.
Along with Lopez, Kate Cryderman and Indre Mikelenaite each reached double digits for NMHU with Cryderman hitting on 7-of-10 shots for 17 points and Mikelenaite leading a 36-point bench effort with 10.
The women are home next weekend for the first time this season as conference mates Chadron State and Black Hills State visit Lockridge Arena on Dec. 7 and 8. The Orediggers take on the Eagles at 5 p.m. in Friday's home-opener.