January 30, 2014

Women's basketball rolls past Vikings




GREELEY – Senior forward Molly Duehn (Burnsville, Minn.) continued her strong play for the Northern Colorado women's basketball team, tying her career-high with 18 points as the Bears rolled past visiting Portland State, 77-60 on Thursday evening.

Duehn scored in double figures for the third straight game and the fifth time in the last seven games. Against the Vikings (5-13, 3-6 Big Sky), she was 7-for-9 from the field and also led the Bears with six rebounds.

"Molly was on fire," Head Coach Jaime White said. "She helped us a ton and then we went a little cold, but we were getting the offensive rebounds and knocking that down so it was nice to get the rebound if we weren't hitting. She's really been a calming force for us as a senior."

A key to the Bears (11-8, 5-5 Big Sky) success most of the season has been ball movement and sharing the basketball and that held true on Thursday as the Bears had 19 assists on 26 baskets and they turned it over just 11 times. Junior guard Lindsay Mallon (Lone Tree, Colo.) led the way with five assists, while sophomore guard Kyleigh Hiser (Laramie, Wyo.) posted a season-high four.

Also scoring in double figures for the Bears were junior center Stephanie Lee (Casper, Wyo.) with 15 and senior forward Kim Lockridge (Littleton, Colo.) with 11 – as she sank all five of her field goals. The Bears used their entire bench as all 13 players saw action in at least eight minutes. Twelve of the 13 scored at least two points and all 13 grabbed at least one rebound as the Bears out-rebounded the Vikings 38-29.

Both teams did a great job at the free throw line as the Bears made 17-of-20 and the Vikings sank 20-of-25. The Bears also sank a season-high eight three-pointers on the evening, going 8-for-22 (.364) beyond the arc. Six different players sank a triple on the evening, with Duehn hitting three.

"We've been shooting them a lot better is one thing," White said. "The other is they were playing zone and we were taking what they were giving us. They literally were sending two people on our post players."

The Bears host Eastern Washington on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles dropped an 82-60 decision at league-leading North Dakota on Thursday evening.