November 14, 2010

Five score in double figures as Bears beat Falcons

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GREELEY, Colo. – The Northern Colorado women's basketball team quickly bounced back from an overtime loss on Friday night to defeat instate rival Air Force on Sunday afternoon. The Bears evened their record at 1-1 with the 79-56 victory.

Air Force jumped out to the early 11-3 lead after a jumper by Megan O'Neil at the 15:12 mark, but the Bears outscored the Falcons 31-15 through the rest of the half to take an eight-point lead into the locker room.

Sophomore forward Lauren Oosdyke led a contingent of five Bears in double figure points, scoring 15. She also led the team with seven rebounds. Senior guard Courtney Stoermer scored 14 and had a game-high four assists. Both junior forward Kaisha Brown and senior center Jayne Strand scored 12 and sophomore guard Victoria Timm chipped in 10.

"Lauren has really put the team on her back," said White. "She's done a great job of scoring and rebounding so far. I also think Jayne did a nice job executing inside. She has a really nice ability to score. I think our versatility in ways to score will make us a better team."

The Bears shot .518 from the field, doing a much better than Friday evening's .295. The team was also red-hot from the free throw line, making 16-of-20.

"After the first four minutes they settled in," said head coach Jaime White. "We've got to continue to press forward and have the confidence that we can do it."

Trailing 16-8 with 12:42 to go in the first half, Oosdyke and Strand combined to score 14 consecutive points to give the Bears a 22-19 lead at 5:40, a lead the team never relinquished.

Air Force was led by senior Raimee Beck with 15 points and seven rebounds, including five on the offensive end of the floor.

Northern Colorado returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Santa Clara at 7:05 pm in Butler-Hancock.