November 12, 2013

Women's hoops makes it six straight over Air Force

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Using the strength of 37 points from the post players, the Northern Colorado women's basketball team extended its winning streak against Air Force to six straight with a 71-60 victory on Tuesday evening in Clune Arena.

Junior center Stephanie Lee (Casper, Wyo.) scored 22 points and grabbed a game-high and career-high tying nine rebounds, while senior forward Kim Lockridge (Littleton, Colo.) added 15 points and six rebounds to help the Bears improve to 1-1 on the young season.

The 15 points from Lockridge are the most she's scored since posting a career-high 24 against Eastern Washington on Jan. 14, 2012 and her four assists against the Falcons ties a career-high.

Junior guard Lindsay Mallon (Lone Tree, Colo.) led the game with a career-best six assists and four steals, while Lee led the charge with three blocked shots.

Freshman Katie Longwell (Parker, Colo.) came off the bench to score eight points, including two three-pointers – and she made both of her free throw attempts in the last minute of the game. Fellow freshman Amy Kidner (Perth, Western Australia) matched her career-high with seven points and sank all three of her attempts from the floor in just nine minutes of play.

Northern Colorado jumped out to the early lead, scoring 10 of the first 12 points in the game, but the Falcons (0-2) took the 12-11 lead. The Bears immediately answered with a small five-point run of their own and never trailed again.

Air Force outscored the Bears by 10, 33-23, in the second half, taking advantage of turnovers by getting 18 points off UNC miscues.

The Bears did make the most of their opportunities, shooting .548 from the floor in the game and .655 from inside the arc. The team also did a fantastic job of sharing the ball as they recorded 19 assists on 23 made baskets.

Northern Colorado remains on the road, playing at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. MT. The Bears return home to host Adams State on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.