February 17, 2009

Women's Basketball Hosts Final Two Home Games

COMPLETE NOTES: Portland State, Weber State

Pink Zone
On Thursday, Northern Colorado hosts Portland State in the team's Pink Zone Game. The initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches Association) to assist in raising breast cancer awareness. The money raised at the game will directly benefit the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehab Institute on the Northern Colorado campus. Please join the Bears in supporting the cause by wearing pink to the game. All individuals who wear pink will receive admission for $4.

Senior Day
Saturday's contest against Eastern Washington marks the final home game of the 2008-09 season for the Bears. Seniors Alisa Christopherson and Jamie Schroeder will be honored prior to the game and it will start an hour earlier than the normal Saturday tip time as it begins at 1:05 p.m.

On These Dates
Northern Colorado is 6-3 in games on Feb. 19, with a 5-2 record at home, while the Bears are 6-5 in contests played on Feb. 21 with a mark of 3-2 in Butler-Hancock. The Bears have not played on the 19th since 2005, an 85-60 victory over Western State, while last season NC fell to Portland State 80-62 on the road.

The Series
The Bears split the first meeting between the teams this season, winning at Eastern Washington 55-53 before falling at Portland State 92-71. Northern Colorado is now 4-1 all-time against the Eagles and 1-5 against the Vikings. All meetings against the squads has been while the teams have been memmers of the Big Sky Conference.

Scouting The Vikings
Portland State sits atop the Big Sky Conference standings with an 11-1 record and could host the postseason tournament depending on the final four games. PSU, along with Montana, have clinched spots to the championship. The Vikings are a perfect 5-0 on the road in league action and are winners of their last four games after falling in overtime to Montana State a few weeks ago. Junior guard Claire Faucher is the defending Big Sky player of the week, earning the award for the first time this season after a double-double, 20 points and 10 assists against Idaho State.

Kelsey Kahle leads the Vikings in both scoring and rebounding with 16.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Kelly Valentine and Faucher also average double figures in scoring with 11.8 and 10.4, respectively. In league play, Portland State leads the Big Sky in assists (17.75) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.35), while Faucher leads in assists (7.92).

Scouting The Eagles
Eastern Washington is currently one game ahead of the Bears in the Big Sky standings with a 5-7 conference record. The Eagles have concluded their home slate, with their final four games on the road where they are currently 1-3 in league play and 2-8 overall. Last weekend, the Eagles split at home, defeating Weber State on Thursday, 69-56, and losing 69-59 to Idaho State.

Julie Piper leads the club in both scoring and rebounding with 11.0 and 7.3, respectively, while Nicole Scott and Kyla Evans average 10.5 and 10.4 points per game, respectively. In conference games only, Eastern Washington leads the league in rebounding defense (31.2), rebounding margin (+5.5) and offensive rebounds (14.42), while Brianne Ryan leads in three-point field goal percentage (.464) and Jessica Huntington leads in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.38).

Last Time Out
Northern Colorado played its final non-conference game of the regular season, defeating Black Hills State 80-46. A pair of Bears recorded double-doubles as sophomore forward Kate Kevorken scored 10 points and tied her career-high with 13 rebounds and junior guard Whitley Cox scored 15 and grabbed 10 boards. Sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer led the way in scoring with 19, while freshman guard Cassie Lambrecht was right behind her with a career-best 18 points and freshman forward Kaisha Brown chipped in 10. Lambrecht also had career-highs in steals and assists with five and four, respectively. The win gave the Bears a .500 record in non-conference action at 7-7 and left NC with a perfect 4-0 record at home against non-league opponents.

She Could Hit It This Weekend
Junior guard Whitley Cox continues to climb on the career scoring charts and with 28 more points, she will become just the 14th player in school history with 1,000 career points. Cox tallied 15 against Black Hills State on Friday to give her 972 career points. The last player to notch 1,000 career points was Danielle Hagen last season, as she ended her career with 1,008.

Double Figures x 5
For just the second time this season, five different players scored in double figures in one game. Against Black Hills State on Friday, sophomore Courtney Stoermer (19), freshman Cassie Lambrecht (18), junior Whitley Cox (15), freshman Kaisha Brown (10) and sophomore Kate Kevorken (10) all sored 10 or more points. The only other time this season where five players hit double digits was against Johnson & Wales.

She Likes Playing The Eagles
Sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer has tallied some of the best games of her career against Eastern Washington. Earlier this season, she notched a career-best 25 points in Cheney and in three games, has hit 9-for-11 from beyond the arc and is averaging 17.7 points per game. Last season, Stoermer narrowly missed a triple-double as she scored 21 points, had 10 rebounds and seven assists in the second game against the Eagles.

Crashing The Boards
Over the last five games, sophomore forward Kate Kevorken has averaged nearly a double-double with 12.8 points and a team-best 9.0 rebounds. She also has seven blocked shots and seven steals over the stretch. In three of the last four games, Kevorken has tallied a double-double in scoring and rebounding.

The Trifecta
Sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer is the only player in the Big Sky Conference to be ranked among the top 15 in the league in assists, blocked shots and steals. Stoermer ranks eighth with 3.08 assists, 13th with 0.63 blocks and third with 2.17 steals per game. She also ranks in the top 15 in the league in scoring (6th, 13.3), three-point field goal percentage (2nd, .414), field goal percentage (13th, .409), free throw percentage (11th, .747) and assist-to-turnover ratio (8th, 1.18).

Getting To The Line
In nine games this season, Northern Colorado has made as many or more free throws than its opponents has attempted. The Bears are 7-2 in those contests.

Plus Side
Friday against Black Hills State marked the first time in 11 games the Bears outrebounded an opponent. Northern Colorado has tallied more boards than the opponents in just five of 24 contests this season and ranks ninth in the Big Sky Conference with a -6.7 rebounding margin.

The Three Amigos
Since the beginning of the calendar year, one of three different Bears have led the team in scoring over the 12 games. Sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer has led five times, sophomore forward Kate Kevorken has led in scoring four times, while junior guard Whitley Cox has led the club three times in 2009. Over that stretch, Stoermer leads the team with 16.3 points, 2.8 assists and 2.8 steals per game, while Kevorken has averaged 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds and Cox is at 12.0 points per game.

Making The List
Sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer is now tied for 10th on the school's single-season steals list with 52, tying Edie Byerly (1986-87). With two more steals, Stoermer will tie Jabrenta Hubbard (2005-06) for the Division I era record in a single year with 54 steals. Stoermer joins junior guard Whitley Cox and sophomore forward Kate Kevorken in the school's record books. Cox now ranks fourth in career free throws made with 238, passing Tracie Morris (1988-90). Kevorken is tied for sixth on the career three-pointers list with 114 made along with Amber Elliott (2000-03) and Kara Ketterer (1996-00).

Double, Double, Toil And Trouble
Northern Colorado had just one double-double recorded through the first 20 games of the season (senior forward Jamie Schroeder, 10 points and 10 rebounds at UMKC) but have had at least one in each of the last four games. Sophomore forward Kate Kevorken has notched three double-doubles in the last four games, while sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer and junior guard Whitley Cox have also each chipped in their firsts of the season.

She's Good For 10
Sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer has scored at least 10 points in the last 11 games, the third longest streak in the Big Sky Conference. Mandy Morales of Montana and Erica Perry of Montana State have both scored 10 or more in 13 consecutive, while Portland State's Kelli Valentine has done so in 12 straight games.

Home Cooking
The Bears, being as young as they are, find certain comfort in playing in front of a home crowd. Northern Colorado is averaging 71.8 points and holding opponents to 58.9 per game at home, while scoring just 59.6 points and allowing 70.1 on the road. The difference is 12.2 more points scored and 11.2 fewer points allowed while in Butler-Hancock. Sophomore Courtney Stoermer truly likes playing at home. She is averaging 15.6 points per game, while shooting .495 from the field and .528 from the three-point line at B-H, but scoring just 11.6 while shooting .349 from the floor and .333 from beyond the arc in games away from Butler-Hancock.

Stoermer Steals The Show
Sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer tallied nine steals against Northern Arizona. It is the NC Division I era school record, breaking her own record of six from earlier this year at Eastern Washington and Amber Elliott from 2003. Her total is also the second-highest ever in Northern Colorado and Big Sky Conference history. It is also the second-highest total in NCAA Division I this season as four players have recorded 10 in a game in 2008-09. Stoermer's season total is now 50, which is just two shy of adding her name to the school's single-season chart (10th, Edie Byerly, 1986-87, 52).

First To 30
Junior guard Whitley Cox became just the fourth player at Northern Colorado in the Division I era to notch 30 or more points in a game. Her tally took her over the 900 point barrier for her career, and she now has 957. It was also the 15th time in her career she has scored 20 or more points in a game. The most points scored in a game came in the finale last season as Danielle Hagen scored 37 against Portland State in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Conference Tournament.

Junior guard Whitley Cox now needs just 28 points for 1,000 and is 18 assists shy of 200. Sophomore forward Kate Kevorken is 20 points away from scoring 600 in her career and she made her 100th career free throw on Friday against Black Hills State, while sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer is just five steals shy of 100 and 11 assists from 200.

Triple Threat
The trio of Kate Kevorken (44), Courtney Stoermer (36) and Kaisha Brown (35) are dangerous from the outside. The three players have combined to make 115 three-pointers on the year, just eight less than the Bears' opposition. Three other players, Lizzie Cooper, Cassie Lambrecht and Jamie Schroeder have all sunk 15 or more triples this season, aiding the Bears in making 169 for a league-leading 7.0 per game. The Northern Colorado single season record for three-pointers made is 265. The trio are averaging 4.79 three-pointers per game, which would rank them among the top half of all Division I teams.

That's A C For All You Romans
The win against Weber State marked the program's 500th all-time victory, and the record since 1974 is now 504-496. The Bears defeated the Wildcats 66-53 to hit the milestone in the 35th season of women's basketball.

What An Honor
Sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer became the first Bear this season to be named the Big Sky player of the week, earning the award after scoring a career-best 24 points against Johnson & Wales. Stoermer hit 5-of-6 from beyond the arc and established a new Division I program record, shooting .900 (9-of-10) from the field. She also tallied two steals, three assists, two blocked shots and two rebounds in just 23 minutes of play. This is the first career award for Stoermer.

All-Tournament Team
Sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer was named to the odwalla Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, while shooting .563 (9-16) from the floor and .818 (9-11) from the free throw line.

Among The Best
Through games played Feb. 8, Northern Colorado ranks 22nd in three-pointers made per game (7.0), 54th in three-point field goal percentage (.346) and 69th in turnovers per game (16.4).

Century Mark
Northern Colorado topped the century mark in scoring for just the 15th time in school history and the first time since 2002-03 when they scored 101 against San Jose State. The last time the Bears scored over 100 was 103 against NYIT on Dec. 6, 2003. The school record for points in a game is 115 against Norwich on Jan. 5, 1998.

 The Long Ball
Northern Colorado shot .579 from beyond the arc against Air Force, establishing a new school record for three-point field goal percentage (in the Division I era). The Bears made 11-of-19, breaking the old record of .531 (17-32) at Hastings College on Feb. 5, 2004 (minimum 10 makes). Six different Bears made at least one triple.

Going Streaking
Northern Colorado has now made at least one three-pointer in 231 consecutive games, dating all the way back to Jan. 20, 2001 at South Dakota State.

Putting It In Writing
Head Coach Jaime White signed Jayne Strand to a National Letter of Intent recently. As a freshman at Kirkwood Community College, Strand averaged five points and 4.2 rebounds per game in helping the team to the Junior College National Championship. She was a three-sport athlete for the Cyclones of Ames HS, earning four letters in cross country and three each in soccer and basketball. She was a three-time all-conference selection in cross country and an honorable mention all-conference pick in basketball as a senior. She was also a multiple time honor roll selection and a two-time academic all-conference pick.