LAKEWOOD – The Colorado School of Mines women's basketball team rallied from a second half, 11-point hole to hand Colorado Christian its first home loss of the season, 75-70, Saturday at the CCU Event Center in Lakewood.
Faced with full-court pressure for much of the evening, the Orediggers turned it over a season-high 25 times, but thanks to a dominant presence underneath the rim, Mines amassed a season-best 25 offensive rebounds as part of 53-to-35 advantage on the glass, resulting in 28 second chance points.
Mines (7-4, 4-1 RMAC) pushed its halftime to lead to six, 50-44, four minutes into the second, before the Cougars put together an 18-1 run over the ensuing 5:17 for the 62-51 lead with 9:57 remaining. Undeterred, the Orediggers countered with 12 unanswered points to reclaim the lead at 63-62 less than five minutes later.
After exchanging baskets, CCU went ahead 68-66 with just under three to play, but Mines answered once again as freshman Courtney Martin gathered an offensive board – one of her season-best 10 rebounds on the evening – and found senior Angie Charchalis for a right wing three-pointer that sparked the game-clinching 8-0 run.
Sophomore Taylor Helbig added four during the spurt, including a driving left-hand lay-in and a nifty reverse lay-up on the right block with 51 seconds left.
The Orediggers finished with nine of the game's last 11 points and limited the Cougars (6-3, 3-2 RMAC) to just two field goals over the final 9:56 of the game to extend their winning streak to a season-best three straight.
Mines shot 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) on two-point field goals in the first half and outrebounded CCU 24-to-11, including 11-to-1 on the offensive glass for a 10-point advantage on second-chance points en route to a 40-36 lead at the break.
After 14-of-16 (87.5 percent) shooting at the free throw line over the first 20 minutes, CSM concluded the night 24-of-31 (77.4 percent), second-most makes in a game this year.
Charchalis reached 20 points for the fifth time this season with a game-high 23, including 9-of-11 at the stripe and 4-of-9 from distance to go along with eight rebounds. Helbig collected 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting with eight boards and junior Tory Langas added 12.
Junior Allie Grazulis, the second-leading rebounder in the conference entering the weekend, reached double digits for the fourth time with a game-high 12 boards.
Taylor Torres and Kayla Fakelman each finished with 14 to pace CCU, while BJ Moyes added 13.
The Orediggers have almost three weeks off for the holidays and open the New Year on the road with a 5:30 p.m. tip at Western State on Friday, January 4.