February 5, 2009

Kevorken's Second Straight Double-Double Not Enough For Bears

BOXSCORE: at Weber State

OGDEN, Utah - The Weber State women's basketball team used a 17-0 run to close out the game and give them an 11-point victory over Northern Colorado, 66-55. The Bears move to 10-12 on the season and 4-5 in Big Sky Conference play, while Weber State improves to 8-14 on the year and 3-6 in league action.

Sophomore forward Kate Kevorken recorded her second straight double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Bears in both categories. She also led the team with a career-best four blocked shots. Sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer scored in double figures for the ninth straight game with 12 points and junior guard Whitley Cox came off the bench to add 14. Both players tallied seven rebounds.

 "We couldn't score in the second half," said Head Coach Jaime White. "We didn't look prepared in the second half and this is what happens. Courtney really struggled from the field tonight and Kate was the only one, especially in the first half, who was doing any scoring."

Weber State was led by Tonya Schnibbe with 19 points, 18 coming in the second half, while Caitlin Anderson had another double-double, scoring 16 and grabbing a game-high 17 rebounds. Sarah Conner was also in double figures with 11 points. Schnibbe also led the game with eight assists.

Kevorken dominated the first half of play, scoring 13 points, grabbing eight rebounds and with two blocked shots and two steals. Stoermer added eight points and five rebounds as neither team left the floor. The Bears shot just .241 from the field, while Weber State shot just .267 with 11 points and six boards from Anderson. NC took an eight-point advantage into the locker room, 29-21.

The Bears shot better from the field in the second half, connecting on just over 30 percent, but hit just 1-of-9 from the three-point line. Cox led the team in scoring in the second stanza with nine points. Foul trouble hurt the Bears down the stretch as sophomore forward Lara Merritt fouled out and both junior guard Lizzie Cooper and Stoermer had four fouls.

Weber State had the ability to use fresh legs in the contest as 12 Wildcats saw action, while the Bears played eight (traveling just 10) and senior forward Jamie Schroeder was able to go just six minutes after getting hit and going to the ground midway through the first half. She did play two minutes in the second half.

The game was almost a mirror image of the contest in Greeley, as on January 4, Weber State took a lead into the locker room at halftime and was outscored by the Bears in the second half for a 12-point decision, 65-53. Tonight, NC took the advantage into the break but was outscored 45-26 in the second half for the 66-55 final.

Northern Colorado travels to Pocatello to take on Idaho State on Saturday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. In the first meeting this season, the Bengals edged out the Bears 60-55.