December 16, 2008

Defense Propels Bears Past NMSU

BOX SCORE: New Mexico State

GREELEY, Colo. - For just the second time this season, the Northern Colorado women's basketball team out-rebounded an opponent, and it showed the same way on the scoreboard, with a "W." Tuesday evening, the Bears defeated New Mexico State 59-50 to even their season record at 4-4.

Northern Colorado had 40 rebounds on the evening, compared to 37 for New Mexico State in the nine-point victory. Sophomore forward Lara Merritt led all players with a career-best 10 caroms, including seven on the offensive end of the floor.

Senior forward Jamie Schroeder led the team in scoring with 15 points and also had seven rebounds, while junior guard Whitley Cox scored 11 and sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer had 10 points, a game-high five assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

"We learned to play through the physicality a little more tonight," said Head Coach Jaime White. "I thought Lizzie Cooper and Courtney Stoermer did a great job defensively and Cayla (Maneotis) got some great minutes for us."

Maneotis tallied a career-best four rebounds in eight minutes of play, while Cooper ended just one-point shy of tying her career high as she had nine points in the game.

New Mexico State was led in scoring by Areyal LeDeatte with 11 points, while Niki Holt grabbed a team-best nine rebounds and had two blocked shots.

Northern Colorado leaves early tomorrow morning for Cancun, Mexico and the MTE Caribbean Classic, where they face Florida State, #1 Connecticut and Washington.