November 11, 2007

Women's Basketball Wins Season Opener

Nov. 11, 2007

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Greeley, COLO - The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team jumped out early in the season opener and never looked back, defeating San Francisco 75-51 in both team's first game of the year

The Bears were led by junior guard Whitley Cox who scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as well as leading the game with three steals. Senior center Danielle Hagen led all players with 12 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for NC was freshman guard/forward Kate Kevorken with 16 junior guard Jamie Schroeder with 10.

"Kate might be one of the best shooters in the league," said Head Coach Jaime White. "I also think Jamie Schroeder had a great game. She had 10 points and seven rebounds and I expect her to have a double-double every game. This is a young team and all of them can play every position, so it was good for us to get out and see what we can do."

San Francisco was led by forward Dominique Carter with 23 points and she was the only Don in double figures in scoring. Three different players led the Dons with six rebounds each, while both Shay Rollins and Katie Mihalco had three assists and two steals to lead the team in both categories.

The Bears scored the first nine points of the contest, getting a three pointer by Courtney Stoermer to open the scoring, then Cox, Chelsie Luhring and Schroeder each made a layup to lead 9-0 with 16:44 left in the half. By the 6:57 mark, the Bears increased the lead to 20 points, 24-4 off a putback by Stoermer. San Francisco broke its 9:02 scoreless streak (15:13-6:11) on a three-pointer by Carter but the Bears extended their lead to 25 points (34-9) at the 2:39 mark and took a 24-point advantage into the locker room at the half, 38-14.

The largest lead of the game for NC came with 10:44 remaining when Kevorken drained one of her four three-pointers for the 55-27 lead (28 points). The Dons went on a nine-point run right after that to close within 19 (55-36), but could get no closer as the Bears went on to win 75-51.

Northern Colorado plays at Oral Roberts on Saturday, Nov. 17 before returning home to face instate rivals Colorado State on the 20th at 7:05 p.m.