February 28, 2008

Women's Basketball Can't Fight Back From Poor Shooting In First Half

Feb. 28, 2008

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GREELEY, Colo. - Despite two double-doubles by University of Northern Colorado women's basketball players, the Bears could not contain first-place Montana, falling 66-55 in front of 654 fans at Butler-Hancock Thursday evening. NC moves to 12-14 overall and 6-7 in Big Sky Conference action, while Montana improves to 22-5 overall and 12-2 in league play.


Junior guard Jamie Schroeder tallied her fifth double-double of the year with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman guard Kate Kevorken came off the bench to add the second double-double of her career with 10 points and 10 boards. Freshman guard Courtney Stoermer also hit double figures in the scoring column with 13 points and she led the squad with four assists and two steals.


"Montana was very physical and they are big," said Head Coach Jaime White. "They forced us to take those outside shots and it just wasn't our night. It's tough. Any time you lose a game you feel like you should have played better."


Montana had four score in double figures with junior guard Mandy Morales leading the way with 16 points and four assists. Britney Lohman scored 12 and had three blocks, while Johanna Closson and Sonya Rogers each scored 11. Lohman also led the club with nine rebounds.


With her fourth rebound on the night, Hagen moved into fourth all-time at Northern Colorado in career rebounds and now has 742, passing Lou Piel (1976-80) who tallied 741. Hagen is 30 boards shy of tying for third.


Northern Colorado struggled shooting the ball in the first half, making just five of 29 baskets (.172) but bounced back to connect on .444 (12-for-27) in the second half, including 5-for-11 from the three point line.


The Bears out-rebounded the Lady Griz, 42-33 and held UM to just six offensive rebounds. Both teams took care of the ball, as NC tied its season low with 10 turnovers and UM had just nine.


Montana led by as many as 18 with 4:33 left in the game, but the Bears did not give in, scoring nine of the final 11 in the game to close within 11, 66-55.


Northern Colorado hosts Montana State on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. The Bobcats enter the game 13-12 overall and 8-5 in the Big Sky standings and have clinched one of the six spots to the Big Sky Tournament.