Basketball season opener lost to Mines

Junior guard Mariesha Harris tries to get around junior foward Allie Grazulis from Colorado School of Mines at Friday night's basketball game. (Photos by J. Almendarez)

The Seawolf women’s basketball team couldn’t get the defensive stops needed to fend off the Colorado School of Mines Friday night.

To make up for their defense, the Seawolves tried to match baskets with the Mines late in the game. It was close, but the Mines were just too hot and they handed the Seawolves an 80-74 loss.

Senior forward Alysa Horn played all 40 minutes and ended with 18 points and six rebounds. Her play helped keep the Seawolves in winning position. She gave the Mines fits down low, especially when they tried to front her.

Junior guard Meriesha Harris provided 12 points and six rebounds. Harris also created some turnovers, finishing the night with four steals.

Senior point guard Sasha King had a near double-double with 12 points and nine assists. King’s active hands on defense got her five steals as well.

The story of the game was how much the Seawolves struggled to contain the Mines’ offense. They specifically had no answer for senior guard Angie Charchalis, who posted 31 points. Sasha King said the team knew stopping Charchalis would have been their pathway to a victory.

“We knew 25 (Charchalis) was going to be a shooter, and if she lit us up they would win,” said King. “Obviously, we didn’t do what we were supposed to.”

Senior foward Alysa Horn tries to get around junior center Tory Langas at Friday night's basketball game against Colorado School of Mines.

King said the team will mainly focus on tightening up their defense. They can’t afford to give up so many points, even if they do feel confident about their offense.

It isn’t all doom and gloom for the Seawolves, though. Friday night’s game highlighted what a deadly playmaker King can be. She may have been on the cold side, but the looks were there.

“I know I can get to the rim, it’s just about finishing,” said King. “Once I start finishing it will be a lot better.”

King was quick to point out the role her teammates play in getting those good shots. The team does a great job setting screens and maintaining movement. If they can mimic that level of play on defense, they’ll start winning games soon.

The women’s basketball team will face Regis University Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. Both games are at the Wells Fargo Center.

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