February 4, 2007

Bears Lose Home Contest to Denver Pioneers

Feb. 4, 2007

Box Score

GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball was unable to break its dry spell against the University of Denver, falling Sunday afternoon to the Pioneers 88-59 at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.

Denver (13-9, 7-5 Sun Belt Conference) used matching 18-for-31 (58.1 percent) shooting halves to keep Northern Colorado (4-21, 2-10 Big Sky Conference) at bay.

After the Bears took their only lead of game at 4-2, Denver used a 15-2 run to pull away early, 17-6. The Bears would soon after cut the deficit to six points but Pioneers charged again and took an 18-point lead into the half at 46-28, despite the effort of Bears' guard Whitley Cox, who scored 12 of her team-high 19 points in the first half.

Despite strong second half numbers from Heather Barbour (11 points, six rebounds) and Dani Veal (10 points, five rebounds) the Bears were unable to gain any ground on DU, with the Pioneers increasing their lead by 11 points (42-31) after the break. For the game, the Pioneers forced 18 turnovers, which led to 30 points, compared to seven points off turnovers for the Bears.

Veal finished with 12 points, as did Bailey Dillon, while Barbour finished with 11. Tip-off is 7:05 p.m.

Northern Colorado will now look to pick back up in Big Sky Conference play, traveling to Idaho State for a February 8 contest.