GUNNISON, Colo. - The Colorado School of Mines women's basketball game was held to 54 points its lowest total since January 21st in the quarterfinal round of the RMAC Shootout as Western State advanced defeating the Orediggers, 64-59, at Paul Wright Gym.
Mines took its first lead of the game at the 8:46 mark of the first half on the layup by Taylor Helbig. CSM increased its lead to six points with 1:17 left in the half on the Angie Charchalis three-pointer taking that lead into the break.
Western State relinquished the lead just two minutes in the second half and used a 17-4 run to grab a seven-point lead after a pair of Brooke Pendergraft free throws.
Timely three-point shooting helped the Moutaineers many times in the second half. On back-to-back possessions Mines cut its deficit to four and both times Western State answered back with a three-pointer.
A Stephanie Fogle jumper cut it to four points with 1:55 left but once again it was the long-range shooting of Western State that kept the Orediggers at bay. Out of the WSC timeout, Pendergraft drained the three to put the Mountaineers back up by seven with 1:25 left in the game.
Western State (15-14) had a 49 to 40 advantage the boards including 21 offensive rebounds and shot 45.5 % from the three-point line in the second half. Langston finished with 20 points while Hall had a double-double (14 points, 15 rebounds) and Pendergraft added 11 points.
Charchalis scored a game-high 23 points but only six of those came in the second half. Charchalis finished the game 6-of-7 from the three-point line. Charchalis passed the 1,000 point mark in the first half and now has 1,012 points for her career with one more season left to play. Charchalis will have the chance to become Mines' all-time leading scorer next season as she chases after Ashley Gronewoller's mark of 1,466 points.
Fogle finished with seven and Allie Grazulis pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Mines got to the free throw line just 12 times in the game and was 1-for-4 from the three-point line in the second half while being held below its team average of nearly seven made three-point field goals per game.
The Orediggers finished 11-11 in conference play earning the #5 seed in the RMAC Shootout and 12-16 overall.