January 6, 2007

Women's Basketball Edged By Hornets, 54-47

Jan. 6, 2007

Box Score

SACRAMENTO - Sophomore guard Whitley Cox scored 20 points, seven rebounds and dished four assists, but it wasn't enough to lead the University of Northern Colorado women's basketball over Sacramento State on Saturday, as the Bears dropped a close 54-47 afternoon contest.

Both teams struggled finding the net, as Northern Colorado (3-11, 0-2 Big Sky) shot 27.9 percent from the field while Sacramento State (3-12, 1-1) finished 32.2 percent. The Bears couldn't find their stroke from 3-point land, as they went 1-16 from beyond the arc.

Senior forward Heather Barbour finished with seven points, which was the first time this season she scored under double-figures for the first time this season. But she did find other ways to contribute, as she had a game-high 11 rebounds. Northern Colorado out rebounded the Hornets 51-43.

Northern Colorado's struggles were rooted in the first half, as it finished with just 15 points and shot 5-of-27 (18.5 percent) from the floor. The Bears were down just 8-6 with 12:37 left in the half, but the Hornets went on a 16-7 run over the next 12 minutes to take a 24-13 lead with three seconds left on the clock. Senior guard Bailey Dillon assured that the Bears went into the locker room on a high note, as she dropped in a layup at the buzzer that made the halftime score 24-15 in favor of Sacramento State.

The Bears put the pressure on the Hornets at the beginning of the second half, as two free throws by Cox cut the Sacramento State lead to 29-23 four minutes in. But the Hornets took control again, going up by double-digits for the better part of the half. A 3-pointer by senior forward Melanie Drangmeister cut the Sacramento State lead to 46-39 with 4:47 left on the clock, but the Bears just couldn't get any closer as the Hornets wrapped up the win.

Northern Colorado will jump back into action at 7:05 p.m. mountain time next Thursday at Northern Arizona. The game will be broadcast live on 1310-AM KFKA and can be accessed free of charge on UNCBears.com.