January 29, 2009

Turnovers And Fouls Costly In Women's Basketball Loss

COMPLETE BOXSCORE: Sacramento State

GREELEY, Colo. - With an injury-shortened bench and two players fouling out, the Northern Colorado women's basketball team dropped a 71-53 decision at home to Sacramento State on Thursday evening. The Bears (9-11, 3-4 Big Sky) were without junior guard Whitley Cox, who was injured last week against Montana and freshman Courtney Kranz was able to go only sparingly with a shoulder injury and the Hornets (5-16, 3-5 Big Sky) took advantage.

The Bears held a three-point advantage, 26-23, at halftime but the Hornets outscored them 48-27 in the second stanza behind 19 points from Charday Hunt to give SAC the win.

Sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer led the team with 15 points, while freshman guard Cassie Lambrecht tied her career-high with 13 points on her birthday, sophomore forward Kate Kevorken added 10 and sophomore center Lara Merritt tied her career-high with eight points and led the club with five rebounds. Stoermer also had a game-high four assists.

Besides the 19 points from Hunt in the second half, Sacramento State also got a double-double from Atty Boyer with 14 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots, while Emily Christensen came off the bench to scored 17 points, tally three assists and six steals.

"Everything for us begins with defense," said Head Coach Jaime White. "And we did not play very good defense tonight."

The Bears also committed a season-high 23 turnovers and had 19 fouls with both Merritt and freshman forward Kaisha Brown fouling out.

Northern Colorado hosts Northern Arizona on Saturday in a game scheduled for 2:05 p.m.