February 13, 2006

CU Takes Advantage of Size In 92-65 Win Over Bears

Feb. 13, 2006

Box Score

BOULDER, Colo. - The size and up-tempo game of the Colorado Buffaloes proved to be too much for the University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team, as the Bears lost 92-65 at the Coors Events/Conference Center on Monday.

CU put the game away in the first half by shooting a season-best 67.7 percent from the floor. Colorado also dominated the boards, out-rebounding Northern Colorado 53-22 for the game.

The Bears (12-11) stayed with the Buffaloes in the early going, as a 3-pointer from Whitley Cox tied the score at five a minute and a half into the game. But Colorado took control of the game by going on two prolonged runs that the Bears could not keep up with.

Northern Colorado trailed 13-11 with 16:32 left in the first half when CU went on an 11-0 run to take a 24-11 lead. The Buffaloes went on an 11-2 run to go up 44-21 with 6:19 left in the half. Molly McGrath hit a 3-pointer with 1:27 remaining in the half for the Bears' last field goal of the half, as the Bears went into halftime trailing 53-29. Northern Colorado was thrown off its element in the first period, going 6-of-22 from 3-point range. Colorado's 53 points was the most any Northern Colorado opponent had scored in a half this season.

The Buffaloes (8-17) continued to pour it on in the second half, going up by as many as 32 with 14:37 left in the game. But the Bears did not give up, as three straight treys by Cindy McCarroll and Heather Barbour pulled the Bears to within 70-46 with just over 11 minutes left on the clock. However, 24 points was the closest Northern Colorado could get the rest of the way.

Despite draining 12 3-pointers, the Bears shot just 33.3 percent from the floor. The Buffaloes owned it down low, scoring 32 points in the paint. Northern Colorado did win the battle of the benches, as the Bears outscored the Buffaloes 35-11.

The Bears were led by Barbour's 13 points, while Jabrenta Hubbard tallied 12. Six-foot-three Colorado center Jackie McFarland had a game-high 29 points, with 19 coming in the opening half.

Northern Colorado will face another in-state foe at 7 p.m. on Thursday, taking on the Denver Pioneers at Magness Arena in Denver. The Bears dropped a 63-47 decision on Dec. 31 to the Pioneers. The game will be broadcast live on the Bears Radio Network (Flagship Station: 1310-AM KFKA in Greeley), starting with a 30-minute pregame show with play-by-play announcer Chris Ott, and can be accessed free of charge on UNCBears.com.