November 16, 2013

Women's basketball drops game at #20 Oklahoma State

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

STILLWATER, Okla. – Facing the No. 20 team in the nation, the Northern Colorado women's basketball team put up a great fight, but eventually lost 87-51 to Oklahoma State in front of 2,260 people on Saturday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Junior center Stephanie Lee (Casper, Wyo.) led the Bears (1-2) with 14 points and tied her career-high with four steals. Freshman Amy Kidner (Perth, Western Australia) continued the strong start to her collegiate career, scoring 12 points – including the first triple in the Blue & Gold. Sophomore Jamie Derrieux (Grand Junction, Colo.) was the third Bear in double figures in scoring, adding 10 and she led the club with a career-high tying four assists.

Both Derrieux and junior guard Lindsay Mallon (Lone Tree, Colo.) led the club with five rebounds.

"I really thought we did a good job of getting the ball inside," Head Coach Jaime White said. "Early in the first half if we would have hit some of those inside shots that we make all the time, we may have hung with them more."

Four Cowgirls (3-0) scored in double figures to remain undefeated on the young season. Tiffany Bias led the way with 18 and seven assists and four different players had five rebounds.

In the early going, the Bears hung tough, as Kidner scored on a layup with 15:32 to play to knot the score at 6-6 and the team took the first lead of the day on a three-pointer by Mallon at the 14:48 mark for the 9-6 advantage. A layup by senior forward Molly Duehn (Burnsville, Minn.) at the 12:48 point gave the team its final lead of the afternoon as OSU went on a 12-0 run to open up a 20-11 advantage and never looked back.

Kidner was a big reason for the Bears early success as 10 of her career-high 12 points came in the first half.

"Amy came in and was physical and aggressive," White said. "She played hard and that created some opportunities for her to get to the rim to get her shot off. I love her coming off the bench – she does a good job and in every game she's come off the bench and right away done something really well so we're going to continue to look to her and hope she can continue to come along as a newcomer. It takes a little while to get your feet wet, but I think she's doing a good job."

Twelve of the 13 active players on the team played at least five minutes in the game as Coach White still works on her rotations in the early going.

The Bears now return home for one game against Adams State on Wednesday inside Butler-Hancock before concluding the month of November at UTEP the following Wednesday. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m.