March 9, 2012

Big Sky Championship Preview

Northern Colorado Complete Notes

The Big Sky Women's Basketball final today is on Altitude 2. Unfortunately, Comcast Denver area is not airing due to other programming commitments. However, the game will be live on satellite Dish Channel 441 or DirecTV Channel 682.

Bears Quick Notes

• Northern Colorado will play in its first Big Sky Conference Championship game Saturday. This is just the fifth season the Bears have been eligible for the postseason tournament.

• The Bears are now 1-2 in Big Sky Championship play. They lost in 2008 to Portland State at Montana and fell in 2011 against Montana at Portland State before defeating Montana State 51-43 at Montana State on Friday.

• Sophomore guard D'shara Strange was named last week the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the year, the second-straight Bear to earn the award after Courtney Stoermer did so a season ago.

• Strange was also a unanimous All-Big Sky Conference First Team selection, while senior Kaisha Brown and junior Lauren Oosdyke were both honorable-mention selections.

• Kaisha Brown is just 11 points shy of scoring 1,000 in her career. She would be the 17th player in school history and the second this year as Lauren Oosdyke did so on Feb. 9.

• Head Coach Jaime White tied the all-time wins list record at Northern Colorado with the win over Montana State. White tied the mark of 82 held by Janet Schafer (1985-91).

• Northern Colorado is 495-529 all-time in women's basketball history and is 77-74 since becoming postseason eligible for NCAA Division I in 2007-08.

• Sophomore guard D'shara Strange has 271 rebounds this year, 20 shy of tying the all-time school single-season record of Susan Rupp (1978-79) and is just 10 from knotting the Division I mark of 281 held by Danielle Hagen from 2007-08.

• Senior Kaisha Brown currently sits at 989 points, needing just 11 more to become the 17th player in school history with 1,000 points. Both Heather Barbour (2003-07) and Danielle Hagen (2003-08) eclipsed the one grand mark in the final games of their career. Barbour scored 20 against Portland State to give her 1,015, while Hagen also did it against Portland State in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Tournament in 2008, tying the school single game scoring record with 37 points.

• Junior forward Lauren Oosdyke moved up one more spot on that same scoring chart into 11th with 1,072 points. She passed Sandy Dorn (1993-97), who tallied 1,065. Oosdyke is now 50 points from breaking into the top 10.

• Lauren Oosdyke is two made free throws from becoming only the fifth player in school history to make 300 in a career. Oosdyke sits in fifth with 298 free throws and has made 15-of 21 in her last three games.

• With the Big Sky Championship game on Saturday, senior Kaisha Brown will play in her 122nd game at Northern Colorado, becoming the all-time leader in that category. She will pass former teammate Courtney Stoermer, who played in 121 from 2007-11.

• Sophomore guard D'shara Strange has sank 113 free throws this season, needing four more to establish the school's new Division I mark for free throws in a season, breaking Lauren Oosdyke's record of 116 from 2010-11.

• Sophomore D'Shara Strange also needs just two steals to tie her own Northern Colorado Division I record of 76 steals, a record she made last year. She is still 12 steals from busting the all-time record of 85 steals held by Lisa Burch from 1990-91.

• Junior Lauren Oosdyke scored all 16 points in the Big Sky quarterfinals in the second half. The high for most points in a first half this season is 15 by D'shara Strange against Northern Arizona and Oosdyke against both Montana State and Weber State with all three coming at home. The record for points in a second half is 17 by Oosdyke against Nebraska-Kearney and Kaisha Brown at Weber State.

• Senior Kaisha Brown snapped a school record streak of 16 consecutive games with a three-pointer when she went 0-for-4 against the line in the semifinals. Brown has still made at least one triple in 26 of 30 games and has multiple three-pointers 20 times.

• Junior Lauren Oosdyke is the Big Sky active leader in free throws made with 298. The next closest is Chene Cooper from Eastern Washington with 260.

• In each of the past four seasons, the Bears have increased their win total. In 2008-09 the team was 12-18, while they were 14-16 in 2009-10, 17-14 in 2010-11 and are currently 20-10. The 2011-12 team is just the third team to win 20 games in a single season (21-8 in 1997-98, 20-9 in 1999-00).

• Sophomore guard D'shara Strange has led the team in rebounds the majority of the season and currently is third in the Big Sky Conference with 8.9 boards per game. Strange also ranks 64th in the nation, but astonishingly she is seventh in the country amongst guards.