GOLDEN – Junior forward Allie Grazulis recorded a career-high 26 points and her team-leading third double-double Saturday as the Colorado School of Mines women's basketball team picked up a 67-59 home win over RMAC-newcomer Black Hills State at Lockridge Arena.
Grazulis knocked down 12-of-20 (60.0 percent) field goals, most by an Oredigger this season and pulled in a game-high 11 rebounds in 36 minutes of work.
Tied at 47-47 near midway through second, Mines held the Yellow Jackets to just 12 points over the final 11:30 as the Orediggers converted eight BHSU turnovers into 13 points in the frame for their second home win in as many days, improving to 6-4 and 3-1 in the RMAC.
The women forced BHSU into 15 giveaways, including eight via the steal for a 16-to-2 points off turnovers advantage for the night.
After mustering only 29.7 percent in the first half yesterday against Chadron State, the women hit on nine of their first 12 looks Saturday, including a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the arc for a 23-16 lead at the 12:36 mark.
The Yellow Jackets (2-6, 1-3 RMAC) cut the deficit to 25-22 less than four minutes later, before Mines pushed the lead out to its largest of the half, 32-22, with a quick 7-0 burst over the next 1:41. The Orediggers hit 12-of-20 to start, yet finished only 2-of-11 as BHSU, led by 20 first half points from Chelsey Biegler, tallied 11 of the final 15 points to trim the Mines halftime lead to 36-33.
CSM concluded the half 14-of-31 (45.2 percent) and 5-of-11 on three-pointers (45.5 percent), while the Yellow Jackets shot 42.9 percent (12-of-28), including 58.8 percent (10-of-17) on two-point field goals.
Biegler finished with 26 to lead BHSU, sinking 9-of-9 at the charity stripe, and Cassidy Kotelman tallied 10.
Mines closes the 2012 portion of the schedule at 5 p.m. next Saturday, Dec. 15 at nearby RMAC foe Colorado Christian in Lakewood.