January 2, 2009

Bears Drop Conference Opener To Idaho State

BOX SCORE: Idaho State

GREELEY, Colo. - Idaho State made its free throws down the stretch as the Northern Colorado women's basketball team attempted a comeback and fell short, falling 60-55 in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams. The Bears are now 6-7 on the year, while the Bengals are 4-10.

Sophomore Kate Kevorken led the Bears in scoring with 10 points, while all nine that played scored at least two points in a balanced affair. Freshman Courtney Kranz tallied a game and career-best nine rebounds, while Kevorken brought down eight, giving her 20 in the last two games. Junior Lizzie Cooper led the team with three assists, while four different Bears each recorded a blocked shot.

"I didn't think we were that sharp tonight," said Head Coach Jaime White. "To be honest, the best part of the game was probably that last minute-and-a-half, where our kids actually stepped up and looked like they wanted to win the game."

Idaho State was led by Michelle Grohs with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Chelsea Pickering added 14 points, seven boards and three steals and Oana Iacovita scored 10 points and also had seven rebounds.

Northern Colorado held a four-point lead at halftime, 29-25 and led by as many as eight, 41-33, with 12:50 in the second half after a pair of free throws by freshman Cassie Lambrecht, but Idaho State scored 10 of the next 12 points to knot the score at 43-43 with 8:35 on the clock and scored the next seven for the 50-43 advantage at the 5:23 mark.

The Bears don't get much rest as they host Weber State on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. The Wildcats will be playing in their first conference game, while NC goes for win 500 in the program's history.