December 19, 2008

Women's Basketball Battles #1 Connecticut

BOX SCORE: vs Connecticut

CANCUN, Mexico - Facing the unanimous number one team in the nation isn't an enviable task for most teams, but the University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team took full advantage at the MTE Caribbean Classic. The Bears fell 85-40 in front of a capacity crowd of 350 in the main ballroom at the Moon Palace Resort.

With the loss, the Bears move to 4-6 on the season, while the Huskies remain perfect at 9-0. The Bears held the lead three times in the early going, the last at 8-7 before UConn went on a 12-2 run and led at the break 49-23.

Both senior forward Jamie Schroeder and junior guard Whitley Cox had double figures in the first half, with 10 points each, while Schroeder led the way with four rebounds. The Bears shot 40 percent (10-25), while Connecticut shot .529 (18-34) from the field. Schroeder tallied a team-best 17 points in the game and had a team-high five rebounds, while Cox did not score in the second half. Both freshman Cassie Lambrecht and sophomore Kate Kevorken had two assists each, while Lambrecht had two steals and sophomore Courtney Stoermer led with two blocks.

The Bears shot .308 from the field for the game and .286 (6-for-21) from the three-point line, while Schroeder made 2-of-3 free throws for the team's only attempts in the game.

"We had some specific goals for each half which we came really close to meeting," said Head Coach Jaime White. "One was to put a little bit of pressure on the ball in transition and I thought we defended pretty well that way.  Once again, we had a great first half and the second half wasn't as good. In a game like that, you want to play your kids to get some experience. Whitley Cox and Jamie Schroeder, those are kids that need to be scoring like that every night."

Connecticut shot .500 for the game from the field and .429 from the arc, as well as hitting .750 (9-12) of its shots from the charity stripe.

Northern Colorado held Connecticut leading scorer Tina Charles to a season-low nine points, but All-American Maya Moore led the Huskies with 19 points and guard Renee Montgomery added 15. Kaili McLaren led the game with 10 rebounds and freshman guard Caroline Doty had a team-best four assists.

The Bears get a day's rest tomorrow before returning to the hardwood to face Washington at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday (Central time) in the finale of the tournament.