BOX SCORE: at San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - In the second day and final game for Northern Colorado (3-2) at the odwalla Classic, the Bears were the victims of cold shooting from beyond the arc in the second half to fall to host San Francisco (2-3) 73-65.
Junior guard Whitley Cox took over the game in the second half for the Bears, scoring 18 of her game-high 22 points. Sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer was the only other player in double figures with 15 and also chipped in a team-high three assists. Senior forward Jamie Schroeder tallied a team-best eight rebounds, while Cox had six.
"It's tough to shoot as good as we did last night two nights in a row," said Head Coach Jaime White. "Tonight, our youth showed. We need to be a little more consistent and we've got to protect a lead. With both our losses we've played two very physical teams and we need to learn to deal with that."
San Francisco was led by Rheina Ale with 21 points as she went 9-for-9 from the field including three three-pointers. Shay Rollins scored 18, while Necolia Simmons had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Danesha Wright also tallied a double-double with 10 points and 12 assists.
Tied at 15-15, Northern Colorado used a 9-0 run with three free throws by Stoermer and a three-pointer by Lambrecht and Brown to open a 24-15 advantage. San Francisco used a 9-0 run of its own to knot the score again at 24-24. Lambrecht and Brown again hit back-to-back shots to snap the Dons run, but USF scored nine of the final 11 points of the half to take a 33-31 lead into the locker room.
Northern Colorado shots just .400 from the field, but .462 from the three-point line in the first stanza and hit just .625 from the charity stripe, making 5-of-8 free throws. USF shot .364 from the field, .455 from the three-point line and all four of their free throw attempts. USF out-rebounded NC 20-17 with Simmons getting 10 boards and 10 points in the first half.
The Dons used a 10-2 run to open the second half for the 43-33 lead. With 6:02 left on a Cox layup, the Bears tied the score at 54-54 after Cox scored seven straight, but NC was unable to keep the momentum going, dropping a 73-65 decision.
Northern Colorado returns home tomorrow to begin to prepare for Colorado State on Sunday. The Bears play at the Rams at 2:00 p.m.