Jan. 4, 2006
GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team turned the ball over only 10 times and got 18 points from Jabrenta Hubbard to secure a 65-51 victory over future Big Sky Conference rival Weber State on Wednesday.
Northern Colorado (7-8), who will join the Big Sky next year, gained its first win over a Big Sky opponent since reclassifying to Division I in 2003-04. The Bears never trailed in the game and led by as many as 15 en route to their second consecutive win. Junior Heather Barbour notched her fourth straight game in double figures with 14 points on 5-of-8 from the floor.
"Every time we play well against a quality program, I feel like our program is making progress," said head coach Ron Vlasin. "We've been able to gain some confidence these last two games. We feel like we're building some momentum."
Weber State (5-7) did not score a field goal until Darcee Perdue scored a 3-pointer to cut Northern Colorado's lead to 18-9. The Bears took a 22-9 lead with 8:10 left in the first half when the Wildcats showed some life by going on an 8-2 run to pull to within 26-19 with just under three minutes remaining. But Northern Colorado outscored WSU 6-3 in the remaining time of the half to take a 32-22 halftime lead. The Bears shot 50 percent in the half and held the Wildcats to just 35 percent.
Northern Colorado continued to take care of the ball in the second half, turning the ball over just twice. WSU got as close as 45-39 with 9:11 left to play, but the Bears went on a 13-3 run to pull ahead 58-42 with 4:57 remaining. Hubbard scored the last basket of the game on a fast break lay up. Northern Colorado forced eight Weber State turnovers in the half, and the Wildcats shot just 33.3 percent.
Senior Cindy McCarroll tallied seven points and eight rebounds in the win.
The Bears will jump back into action at 7 p.m. next Tuesday against Colorado Christian at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. The game will be broadcast live on the Bears Radio Network (Flagship Station: 1310-AM KFKA in Greeley) and can be accessed free of charge on UNCBears.com.