GREELEY, Colo. - Sophomore guard Jena Fosdick tossed in a career-high 20 points and the Northern Colorado Bears' women's basketball team enjoyed its best shooting night of the season on Wednesday in a 98-65 win over visiting Colorado College.
Fosdick made 8-of-12 shots from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point range, and dished out four assists in leading the Bears to their highest point total of the season.
Northern Colorado hit on 49.4 percent (39-of-79) from the floor to give the squad its best shooting performance of the season. The Bears also drained 15 three-pointers in the game, including a team-high four from Fosdick.
Head coach Ron Vlasin was pleased with the overall effort from the entire squad on the night.
"We had 13 of the 15 players score and that's always great to get that many players in the game so they can gain game experiences," Vlasin said. "We shot the ball well and we played defense so overall we had a good game."
Along with Fosdick's 20 points, the Bears also had two other players reach double figures. Sophomore Melanie Drangmeister scored a season-high 14 points and senior Kayla Flavin continued her fine play of late by chipping in with 13 points.
Sophomore guard Bailey Dillon handed out a team-high eight assists. However, Dillon did not attempt a free throw in the game so she is still tied for the longest consecutive free throws made streak in school history at 25 in a row.
Colorado College was led in scoring by Liz Kolbe's 18 points. Kolbe drained six three-pointers on the evening. The Tigers' Tarn Udall also reached double figures with 11 points.
The Tigers started out hot from the field and enjoyed their biggest lead of the game at 12-7 with 16:59 to go in the game. The Bears then rallied and took the lead (15-13) on a Fosdick layup with 16:07 to go in the first half. The Bears never trailed again in the contest.
Northern Colorado extended its win streak to four games and moved to 7-13 on the season, while Colorado College dropped to 5-14 on the year.
Northern Colorado will be back in action on Saturday when they play host to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders at 7 p.m. in Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.
NOTES: The Bears' 58-point first half was by far the most points scored in the first half this season (the previous high was 37 against IPFW last Sunday) ... Northern Colorado came into the contest averaging 58.2 points per game ... Colorado College enjoyed an advantage at the charity stripe by draining 15-of-19 free throws compared to only 5-of-10 for the Bears ... the 98 points scored by UNC was the most since the Bears scored 103 against New York Tech on Dec. 6, 2003 ... freshman center Breanna Lien scored a career-high eight points on perfect 4-of-4 shooting ... freshman Kirsten Van Orden also set a career-high with five steals in the contest ... the 4-game win streak ties for the longest of head coach Ron Vlasin's tenure at UNC ... the last time UNC won five straight games came during the 1999-2000 season when the Bears won seven in a row under then head coach Greg Bruce.