WBB Leads Wire To Wire For 3-0 Home Start On Season
GREELEY, Colo. - A banked three-pointer while getting fouled and a free throw were just four of the 23 points senior guard Whitley Cox scored to lead Northern Colorado women's basketball past Bradley (2-6) on Thursday evening, 75-58.
The 23 points is the most for a Bear this season and the second time in three home games Cox has tallied more than 20 as Northern Colorado (5-5) improved to a perfect 3-0 at home.
Joining Cox in double figures in the scoring column were junior guard Courtney Stoermer and freshman guard Victoria Timm with 12 each.
Northern Colorado never trailed in the game, scoring the first four points. The team shot .479 from the field, including .474 from the three-point line, both of which are second only to the win against Cal State Northridge. They also shot .769 from the free throw line, making 16-of-19 (.842) in the second half.
Stoermer again had a great stat line, dishing out five assists and recording a season-best six steals. She also had two blocked shots and two rebounds and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Stoermer's six steals ties for the most in a game in the Big Sky Conference this season.
Bradley won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Bears 37-30, however NC closed the gap in the second half. In the first half, the Braves had 25 rebounds compared to 12 for the Bears. Freshman forward Lauren Oosdyke led the game with nine rebounds, while Timm added six.
Northern Colorado has now led the last 77:39 at home, trailing only the first 2:21 against Mesa State and leading Bradley the entire game. It marks the third straight year the Bears have started the season winning their first three home games.
The Bears continue their stretch of four home games in seven days when they host St. Mary's on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.