December 14, 2010

Women's basketball drops decision at Denver

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DENVER, Colo. – Sophomore guard Victoria Timm continued to play well for the Northern Colorado women's basketball team, but it was not enough as the Denver Pioneers out-scored the Bears 20-7 over the final 9:04 for the 56-45 victory in Magness Arena on Tuesday evening.

Timm led the team with 14 points, tallied a career-best seven steals and added six rebounds. Fellow sophomore Lauren Oosdyke was the other Bear in double figures, scoring 13 and leading the team with eight rebounds and three assists.

"I thought the zone (defense) hurt us a little bit," said Head Coach Jaime White. "We had some transition baskets we didn't finish. I felt like we got behind, then we made consecutive mistakes and all of the sudden those loose balls go for two points for Denver."

Oosdyke tied her career-high in steals with five, knotting her tally from earlier this year at UC Santa Barbara. Timm also had a career-high with steals in the game, getting seven, bettering her previous best of five from earlier this year against South Dakota.

"Victoria got a lot of touches on the ball," said White. "If we recover half the touches she made, she has 14 steals tonight. Victoria played hard and got a lot of rebounds, she almost led us tonight. We're going to have to have her to continue to come off the bench and play strong. Jayne (Strand) played really hard and Lauren had a great game."

At the 12:45 mark of the first half, senior guard Courtney Stoermer recorded the 400th rebound of her career off a blocked shot by Timm.

Northern Colorado notched a season-best 15 steals in the game, but had 22 turnovers. The team shot .340 from the field for the game, but managed just .233 in the second half (7-for-30) after hitting .478 in the first stanza (11-for-23).

Denver was led by freshman guard Quincy Noonan and Kaetlyn Murdoch with 17 points each. A total of 11 of Murdoch's points were at the free throw line and she also had a game-high nine rebounds.  Noonan hit three of the team's six three-pointers, while Britteni Rice led the way with four assists and Murdoch had six blocks.

"I thought we did a good job on (Brianna) Culberson," said White. "Quincy Noonan surprised me. She was a silent killer and scored on a couple of kick-out threes. Quincy's a big guard and got some touches on a lot of balls and that hurt us."

Oosdyke led all players with 10 points at the break and she also had three of the team's five steals. Both Timm and senior Jayne Strand also led the game with four rebounds.

"The spin reverse in the post hurt us," said White. "Some people call and some people don't and tonight they were. The other we got called for is traveling off of shot fakes. We will continue to work on those things. We're making simple mistakes and that's a good thing because those things can fixed."

The Bears now get almost a week off, returning to the friendly hardwood in Butler-Hancock on Monday against San Francisco at 7:00 pm.

 "We need the rest before San Francisco," closed White. "We went right from finals onto the road for the Nebraska game and then right here. It will be nice to have a break. We will take tomorrow off and then get back to practice on Thursday."