March 1, 2008

Women's Basketball Comeback Falls Short Against Montana State

March 1, 2008

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GREELEY, Colo. - Despite a career-high 26 points from freshman guard Kate Kevorken, the University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team could not quite contain the Montana State University Bobcats, falling at Butler-Hancock 81-76 Saturday afternoon.

Kevorken nailed six three-pointers and went 6-for-8 from the free throw line to surpass her previous career-high of 23 from earlier this season against Northern Arizona. Junior guard Jamie Schroeder added 18 points, while senior center Danielle Hagen added a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. She also had two blocked shots, while freshman guard Courtney Stoermer had a game-high seven assists.

"This was not a great defensive night for us," said Head Coach Jaime White. "We have battled against size all season. Now that teams know what Danielle and Jamie can do down low, they are having a harder time scoring in there."

Montana State was led by senior guard Rebecca Mercer with 19 points, while Nubia Garcia scored 16, guard Jenny Heringer had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds and Krislyn Wallace had 10 points and two blocked shots. Heringer also tallied a game-high three steals.

It was the fifth time this season the Bears made 10 or more three-pointers in a game, as they shot .417 from beyond the arc (10-24) and .400 for the game (24-60) with .857 from the free throw line (18-21).  Montana State shot .484 from the field, .375 from the arc (6-16) and .789 from the charity stripe (15-19). The Bobcats also out-rebounded the Bears, 38-31.

Montana State used two big scoring runs to pull past the Bears as they went on an 11-0 run in the first half to take the lead 30-25 with five minutes left after trailing 25-19. In the second half the Bobcats used a 15-5 run from the 5:32 mark to 1:16 to lead 76-67. The Bears tried to foul to get the ball back, but Montana State made five of six free throws down the stretch to keep the lead.

Northern Colorado is currently tied for fifth place in the Big Sky Conference standings with a 6-8 record with Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks play later this evening at Idaho State, the second place team with a 9-4 record. Weber State is a half-game behind in seventh place with a 6-9 record after defeating Sacramento State earlier today.

"We knew it was going to come down to the last game," said White. "We have to be able to handle the pressure but we're going to keep trying and hope to get into the Big Sky Tournament. Our legs are tired. It's hard to play with a short bench, especially this time of year, but we're going to take two days off and get our legs back under us."

The Bears return to the court on Thursday night in a crucial game against Northern Arizona at 7:05 p.m. Saturday afternoon, NC will host Sacramento State in the home finale at 2:05 p.m. Hagen and Kendra Lambrecht will be honored prior to the game for their contributions to the program.