LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Despite a career-best 18 points from freshman guard Victoria Timm, the Northern Colorado women's basketball team was not able to overcome a balanced offensive attack from No. 24 Kansas in front of 3,007 people on Sunday afternoon. The Bears (3-5) fell to the Jayhawks (5-2) 81-54 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Timm hit three three-pointers and went 6-of-12 from the field in leading the team with 18 points off the bench. She also had three steals in 24 minutes of play. Fellow freshman Lauren Oosdyke, in her first career start, led the team with nine rebounds.
Senior guard Whitley Cox scored 14, while junior guard Courtney Stoermer chipped in 10 and five rebounds.
Kansas senior guard Danielle McCray led all scorers with 25 points, 15 of which came in the first half and junior center Krysten Boogaard added 17 points for the KU victory.
The Bears trailed by just one point with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half, but KU scored 17 of the next 21 to take a 35-21 lead. Northern Colorado slowly chipped away at the lead and cut it to 10 off a three-pointer by Timm with 23 seconds remaining in the stanza for the halftime score.
In the second half, Kansas scored the first seven points to extend its lead out to 17, but the Bears didn't give in chipping it back to a 10-point lead off Oosdyke free throws at the 14:12 mark. The Jayhawks capitalized on NC miscues, scoring 16 points in the second half off turnovers.
The Bears take nine days off from competition in preparation for finals before hosting Mesa State on Dec. 17 at 7:05 p.m. in Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.