November 20, 2007

Women's Basketball Gets Win Over Instate Rival Colorado State

Nov. 20, 2007

Final Stats

Greeley, COLO. - For the first time since 1978-79, the University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team defeated Colorado State doing so this evening at Butler-Hancock, 70-60 in front of 621 fans. With the win the Bears improve to 2-1 on the year, while the Rams fall to 0-4.


Junior guard Whitley Cox scored a game-high 25 points, matching her season high. She also led the game with five assists and made 13-of-14 from the free throw line. Her 13 free throws ties the school record for free throws in a game, tying Missy Borell from Feb. 1, 2002 against Morningside. Cox also made her final 13 free throws of the game after missing her first attempt.


Senior center Danielle Hagen notched a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 20 rebounds, missing the school record by two (22, Beth Lindquist vs. Colorado, 2/21/76; Susan Rupp vs. Fort Hays State, 12/2/78). Freshman guard Kate Kevorken also came off the bench to tie her career-high with 16 points and hit five three-pointers and she notched a career-high eight rebounds.


Colorado State was led by freshman forward Lauren Young with 14 points, while sophomore forward Juanise Cornell and freshman guard Britney Minor each scored 10. Cornell also led the team with nine rebounds, while Young had a game-high three blocked shots.


The Bears had not defeated the Rams in 15 tries and tonight's contest was close throughout with six ties and 11 lead changes. Colorado State led by as many as seven in the first half, while the 10-point lead at the end of the game was the largest for the Bears.


Northern Colorado hit a season-best 12 three pointers and six different players made at least one, led by Kevorken's five. The Bears defense also held the Rams to no three-pointers and forced 18 turnovers.


On Friday, the Bears will face New Mexico State in the opening round of the Aggie Thanksgiving Classic in Las Cruces at 6:30 p.m. Then on Saturday they will play Southeast Missouri State at 4:00 p.m.