January 17, 2009

Women's Basketball Falls At Portland State

BOXSCORE: at Portland State

PORTLAND, Ore. - Playing the top team in the Big Sky Conference on its home court on a night where a school record was looking to fall, the Northern Colorado women's basketball team hit a road block in Portland State, falling 92-71. The Bears (8-9, 2-2 Big Sky) shot well from the floor, connecting on half their shots but the Vikings (12-6, 5-0) connected on .583 to remain perfect in league play.

Sophomore Kate Kevorken was the go-to player for the Bears, leading the way with 21 points and four assists with no turnovers. She hit all three of her three-point attempts and was 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer scored 14 points and had five rebounds, while freshman center Courtney Kranz came off the bench to score a career-best 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field.

Portland State senior forward Kelsey Kahle became the school's all-time leading scorer after tallying 23 on the evening. Kelli Valentine scored 20 and guard Claire Faucher and Eryn Jones each added 11 points. Faucher also tallied 11 assists, while Valentine led the team with five rebounds.

The Vikings jumped out early on the Bears and never trailed in the contest after the 10-4 quick start. PSU used a 14-3 run midway through the first half to extend the lead to 36-19 and the Bears tried to comeback, pulling within 10 on a triple by Kevorken but PSU answered to take a 47-34 lead into the locker room at the break.

Portland State used another run, this one 10-0, midway through the second stanza to put the game out of reach and won 92-71.

The Bears return home to face Montana State and Montana on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday at 2:05 p.m., respectively.