December 15, 2009

Balanced Attack Lifts Bears Past Mavericks

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GREELEY, Colo. - The entire active roster played at least seven minutes and grabbed one rebound as the Northern Colorado women's basketball team won in convincing fashion over in-state competition Mesa State, 69-42 on Tuesday evening.

The Bears (4-5) also had a balanced scoring attack as four players scored in double figures and seven players tallied at least one assist in the team's second-straight home victory. Leading the way in both categories was senior guard Whitley Cox with 16 points and four assists. Junior guard Courtney Stoermer scored 12, freshman forward Lauren Oosdyke added 11 and freshman guard Victoria Timm chipped in 10 off the bench. Timm also led the team with eight rebounds and had three assists.

"I think the girls played good," said Head Coach Jaime White. "They came out firing and ready to play tonight. We focused on breaking the game down into four minute segments and took it one at a time and everyone did a nice job of it."

With everyone on the team contributing on the boards, the Bears out-rebounded the Mavericks 45-27, getting 18 offensive boards and holding Mesa State to just six. The 45 rebounds is the most this season for the Bears.

Northern Colorado also did a good job at the free throw line, shooting .818 on the evening (18-22). The team also shot .367 (22-60) from the field and .304 (7-23) from behind the arc. Mesa State shot .320 (16-50) from the floor, .200 (4-20) from the three-point line and .750 (6-8) from the charity stripe.

"This is a good start for us," continued White. "We have our work cut out for us against Bradley (on Thursday). We have to take this week one game at a time though, so Bradley is all we're focused on right now."

Tonight started a stretch of four games in seven days in Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion for the Bears. Thursday the team hosts Bradley, faces St. Mary's on Saturday and Colorado State on Monday before breaking for the holidays.