March 7, 2009

WBB Season Ends On Disappointing Loss

BOXSCORE: at Sacramento State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - There were two teams fighting for the coveted last spot to the Big Sky Conference Women's Basketball Championship in Sacramento on Saturday afternoon, and the home team pulled out the victory on senior day as Sacramento State defeated Northern Colorado 74-60. With the loss, the Northern Colorado season comes to a close with a 12-18 record, while the Hornets advance to the tournament, which will be held in Missoula, Montana, with a mark of 9-20.

The Bears were led in scoring by freshman guard Cassie Lambrecht with 17 points, just one off her career-best of 18. Sophomore forward Kate Kevorken added 16 points and sophomore center Lara Merritt scored 11, nine in the first half. Freshman forward Kaisha Brown led the team with six rebounds, five on the offensive end of the floor as NC has more offensive rebounds than defensive in the game, 13-12. Both Merritt and Lambrecht also notched three steals and sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer led the way with three assists.

Northern Colorado shot .333 from the field and tallied just nine turnovers in the game, but Sacramento State shot an amazing .605 from the floor and hit .529 from beyond the arc en route to the victory.

Charday Hunt and Erika Edwards each scored 16 for the Hornets as Edwards notched a double-double with 10 rebounds. Emily Christensen also tallied double figures in points with 13. Tika Koshiyama-Diaz led the game with six assists and Atty Boyer had three blocked shots.

The Bears remained close in the first half, entering the locker room down just two, 24-22, but were outscored 50-38 in the second stanza. They were also out-rebounded by 12, losing the battle of the boards, 37-25.

Northern Colorado says goodbye to lone senior, Jamie Schroeder, who saw action in 10 minutes with two steals.

The Big Sky Conference Championship begins on Thursday in Missoula with Montana taking the top seed. Portland State will be the second seed, Montana State third, Idaho State fourth, Sacramento State fifth and Northern Arizona sixth.