GOLDEN, Colo. - The Colorado School of Mines women's basketball team got a game-high 23 points from Angie Charchalis who once again proved to be too much for the Rangers to handle as Mines defeated Regis, 59-50, in RMAC action on Saturday evening at Lockridge Arena.
The redshirt junior guard sparked the Orediggers with 23 points making five three pointers while adding seven rebounds. In six career games against Regis, Charchalis is averaging 14.2 points and 21.6 in her last three games against the Rangers. Charchalis torched RU for 27 points during the 2009-10 season.
Behind Charchalis Mines got off to a fast start making its first four field goals, all three pointers, to jump out to a 12-3 lead.
However, the Oredigger went cold missing their next eight three-point attempts and Regis went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to just three points.
CSM answered with a 14-2 run grabbing a 15-point lead on the Taylor Helbig bucket with 5:31 left in the first half and took a 14-point lead into the break.
Mines controlled the boards with a 28 to 17 advantage allowing just one Ranger offensive rebound. Regis shot just 25 percent from the field in the first half and made 1-of-12 three-point attempts.
Charchalis opened the second half with a three pointer to give the Orediggers their biggest lead of the game at 18 points but a 9-0 run capped off by a Tae'lor Purdy three pointer at the 11:41 mark saw CSM's lead cut in half.
The Orediggers extended the lead to 16 points but once again the Rangers answered with a run. This time a 10-1 run to pull within seven points on a pair of free throws by Nicole Brzeczek with 4:15 left in the second half.
A Kellie Deremo three pointer and Sarah Feeney layup got the Rangers within seven points with just under two minutes remaining but the Orediggers iced the game in the final 1:25 making seven free throws to earn the win.
Purdy led Regis (6-9, 4-5 RMAC) with 19 points (seven rebounds). Sarah Feeney contributed 11 points and five rebounds.
CSM held an 18-8 advantage in points in the paint and score 16 points off turnovers while pulling down 16 offensive rebounds and committing just 13 turnovers.
Stephanie Fogle joined Charchalis in double figures finishing with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. Allie Grazulis grabbed a career-high 12 boards for her second career game with double digit rebounds.
Mines (5-10, 4-5 RMAC) will hit the road taking on Adams State on Friday, Jan. 13th at 6:00 pm and #6 Fort Lewis on Saturday, Jan. 14th at 5:30 pm.