FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team started out of the gates slow, but caught fire at the end of the first half to take control of its contest with the IPFW Mastodons on Sunday.
Northern Colorado scored a 78-65 win over IPFW to win its third straight game and improve to 6-13 on the season. The victory also improved the Bears' mark to 3-0 against Division I Independents this season. IPFW fell to 2-18 with the loss.
Northern Colorado trailed 17-1 in the contest before catching fire from the field. The Bears used a 36-7 run in the final 14 minutes of the first half to take a 37-24 lead at the halftime break.
The Bears scored the final 16 points of the first half and were sparked by the three-point shooting of sophomore Melanie Drangmeister. Drangmeister drained three trifectas in the first half, including one right before the halftime buzzer to give the Bears' their 13-point halftime lead.
The Bears were able to gain a big advantage in the contest by getting to the free throw line 46 times. The Bears also attempted a season-low 12 three-pointers in the contest.
The Bears will be back in action on Wednesday night at home against Colorado College at 7 p.m.