GOLDEN, Colo. – The Colorado School of Mines women’s basketball team picked up its first win in RMAC action on Saturday evening at Lockridge Arena defeating Chadron State by a score of 82-72.
Courtney Gallo and Brecca Gaffney combined for 31 of CSM’s 51 first half points to give Mines a 51-37 lead at the half as the Orediggers shot 54.8 percent from the field.
A fast start by the Eagles in the second half, jump-started by a 15-7 run, helped Chadron State pull within six points with a Lindy McDaniel jumper at the 13:29 mark.
Mines increased its lead back to double digits as Stephanie Fogle drained a three and the Orediggers would lead by 10 points with 10:20 left in the game.
CSC rallied again this time using a 13-1 run to pull within two points after a Lexi Smidt three pointer.
Kait Soehner scored back-to-back buckets after Chadron State pulled within three and Mines saw its lead increase to seven points in just 47 seconds.
A Fogle three pointer with 1:01 remaining iced the game for CSM as the Orediggers earned a double-digit victory.
Chadron State, who drops to 1-8 overall and 0-6 RMAC, was led by Lexi Smidt who scored 21 points making 6 three pointers. Rachael Smidt added 13 points for the Eagles.
Gaffney continued her stellar play with her third straight game with 25-plus points. Gaffney finished with 26 points (8-of-15 FG, 8-of-11 FT), seven boards, four assists, three blocks and two steals. Gallo scored a career-high 19 points as she was 3-of-5 from downtown with four rebounds and three steals. Soehner added 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
The Orediggers (5-5 overall, 1-4 RMAC) will return to action on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 2nd and 3rd. Mines will take on N.M. Highlands on Jan. 2nd and Western New Mexico on Jan. 3rd. Both games are scheduled for 6:00 pm at Lockridge Arena.