Weber State Uses 33-2 Second-Half Run to Glide Past Northern Colorado, 83-52
OGDEN, Utah - The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team got a taste of the Big Sky Conference on Thursday night at the Dee Events Center against the Weber State University Wildcats.
The Wildcats left a foul taste in the Bears mouth as the host squad used a game-deciding 33-2 run in the second half to coast to an 83-52 victory. Weber State enjoyed a big advantage at the foul line on the game as the Wildcats made 18-of-21 free throw attempts. Northern Colorado attempted only eight free throws in the game and made five of those charity attempts.
Weber State improved to 8-4 overall, while Northern Colorado dropped to 3-11 on the season.
The teams combined for a Dee Events Center record with 22 three-pointers made. Weber State made 13-of-30, while Northern Colorado drained 9-of-36 from beyond the arc.
The Bears' second-half comeback looked promising after the first five minutes of half as Kendra Lambrecht (two) and Cindy McCarroll (one) drained three-pointers to pull Northern Colorado to within 44-41 with 15:04 to go in the game.
But just when it looked like the Bears were ready to get over the hump and get the lead, the Bears' shooting went ice cold. After Lambrecht's three-pointer at the 15:04 mark, the Bears did not score a field goal until Lambrecht hit another three-pointer at the 3:30 mark. During the Bears' draught, Weber State was able to run off the 33-2 run to take total control of the game. During the pivotal run, Northern Colorado missed 14 straight shots and turned the ball over six times.
In the first half, Weber State jumped out quickly on the Bears and built a 21-11 lead with 10:55 to go until halftime. But the Bears would respond with some solid three-point shooting Cindy McCarroll, Jena Fosdick and Kendra Lambrecht. Lambrecht's final three of the first half cut the lead to 32-29 with 2:34 remaining in the first stanza.
Lambrecht scored a game-high 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting with all six made field goals coming from beyond the three-point arc. Lambrecht's outside shooting came within two three-pointers of tying the Bears' single-game record for trifectas made. Lambrecht also came up two points short of her career-high 21 points.
Weber State's Julie Gjertsen lit up the Bears' in the first half for 15 points. Gjertsen finished the contest with a team-high 18 points. The Wildcats also had three other players in double figures and they included Laura Porter (15 points), Becky O'Neil (14 points) and Chelsey Warburton (10 points).
Northern Colorado will stay in Utah and take on the University of Utah on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The game can be heard live on Newstalk 1310-AM KFKA with Scott McVay calling the action. Fans can also follow along with live stats on the Gametracker by logging on to the Bears' website at www.uncbears.com.
NOTES: The Bears went with their 8th different starting lineup of the season as Molly McGrath, Kendra Lambrecht, Cindy McCarroll, Gail Gagne and Danielle Hagen earned starting nods against Weber State ... Northern Colorado shot 52 percent (13-of-25) from the field in the first half ... the Wildcats went 11-of-13 from the line in the first half, while the Bears made their only free attempt of the first half ... Weber State won the rebounding battle, 43-29.