January 9, 2010

Cox And Stoermer Score 37 However Bears Fall At Idaho State

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POCATELLO, Idaho - For the second straight contest, the Northern Colorado women's basketball team dropped a nine-point decision on the road, falling 74-65 at Idaho State on Saturday evening.

The Bengals (8-9, 3-1 Big Sky) led the Bears (8-8, 1-2 Big Sky) through much of the contest but could never break it open as the Bears stayed within 10 throughout, cutting the margin to three on several occasions in the second half.

Senior guard Whitley Cox continued to get her points, scoring 20 for the sixth time this year to lead NC. Junior guard Courtney Stoermer added 17, while sophomore forward Kaisha Brown came off the bench to score 15 on the strength of three three-pointers. Junior center Brittany Fernandez also came off the bench to grab a team-best seven rebounds, while junior forward Lara Merritt tallied a career-best four steals.

Also for the second straight evening, the Bears struggled taking care of the ball as they recorded 22 turnovers, a concern for head coach Jaime White. On the flip side, however, the team tied its season high with 12 steals.

"We turned the ball over too much," stated White. "We also needed to get a few more rebounds. I thought Kaisha Brown did a nice job and overall we played better tonight (than last night)."

Idaho State was led by reigning Big Sky Player of the Week Oana Iacovita with 21 points, while Ashleigh Vella added 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Andrea Videbeck also chipped in 12 points and eight assists in the Bengals third conference win of the year.

Northern Colorado shot .451 from the field, including 50 percent in the second half, and made .429 from the three-point line. Idaho State connected on .431 for the game and .286 from beyond the arc.

As part of an NCAA wide promotion, Thursday will be Pack The House night for the women's team when they host Portland State at 7:05 p.m. The Vikings are coming off a sweep of Montana State and Montana this weekend and are tied for first place with Eastern Washington at 3-0 in the Big Sky. The Bears also host the Eagles on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.