Nov. 15, 2006
GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball could not find an answer for Wyoming's Jodi Bolerjack, who scored a career-high 28 points on a school-record 10-of-10 from the floor as the Cowgirls defeated the Bears 76-46 at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion on Wednesday night.
Senior forward Heather Barbour led Northern Colorado in its home opener with 13 points on 4-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-4 at the free-throw line. Senior guard Jena Fosdick chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds.
The Bears (0-2) were able to push the Cowgirls up against the ropes in the opening minutes of the game, taking a 7-6 lead on a layup by junior center Dani Veal with 14:19 remaining in the first half.
But Wyoming (2-0) soon roped in Northern Colorado, going on a 23-2 run to take a 31-9 lead with 3:55 left. The Bears went through a scoreless stretch of 10:22 during that run. A duo of 3-pointers by senior guard Bailey Dillon and Fosdick helped the Bears put more points on the board before going into halftime trailing 36-15.
The Cowgirls had no trouble finding the bottom of the net in the first half, hitting on 14-of-20 attempts (70 percent), compared the Bears' 24 percent effort.
Northern Colorado continued to fall behind Wyoming in the second half, trailing by as many as 32 points. The closest the Bears got in the half was 19 points. Barbour scored 11 of her final total in the half.
Veal led Northern Colorado on the boards with seven rebounds. The Bears were stellar from the charity stripe again, hitting of 12-of-13 attempts.
The Bears will try to pick their first win of the season on Friday with a 5 p.m. showdown with in-state rival Air Force (0-1) at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. It is part of a doubleheader with the men's team, who play UC-Colorado Springs at 7 p.m.