November 4, 2010

Balanced attack lifts women's basketball past Regis

GREELEY -- After a long preseason it's always good to face an opponent other than a teammate and that was obvious Thursday night at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion as the Northern Colorado women's basketball defeated the Regis Rangers, 65-53 in an exhibition.

The Bears had a balanced attack as four players scored in double figures and nine different players had at least one rebound. The team also combined for 16 steals in the victory.

 "I think we are a deeper team than we have been," said Head Coach Jaime White. "It's just a matter of us getting some more experience.  I thought there were moments where we played well."

Senior guard Courtney Stoermer led the game with 16 points, scoring half her points from the free throw line. Both freshman guard D'shara Strange and junior forward Kaisha Brown added 14 points and four rebounds, while sophomore forward Lauren Oosdyke scored 10 and led the game with nine rebounds, including five on the offensive end of the floor.

Brown hit four three-pointers on the night, the only Bear to hit from beyond the arc.

"Kaisha came out on fire tonight," said White. "She really kept us in it in the first half. She came out ready to score and has been doing a better job off the drive too."

The Bears were extremely efficient from the free throw line, making 19-of-22 for .864 and ended the game shooting .356 from the field (21-for-59).

Junior transfer Amy Marin also made an immediate impact to the program, notching a game-best six steals, three of which came on consecutive possessions midway through the second half. Marin turned those six steals into eight team points as Northern Colorado scored 32 points off Regis turnovers.

"Amy has great speed and great timing," continued White. "She will be a nice player off the bench for us at the point guard spot."

As in most first games of the year, there were some rough patches for the Bears. The team had 17 turnovers and committed 16 fouls, both of which White says the team needs to work on.

"I thought we fouled a little too much in the first half. We needed a little more ball pressure and missed a few bunnies in the first half, but I think we had a few nerves tonight. I thought we did a good job, but we still need to work on our communication, closing out on defense and tightening things up on transition."

The Bears open the regular season next Friday in a double header with the men's team. The women take the court at 5:05 pm against South Dakota.