Dec. 6, 2006
GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team had Colorado State by the horns on Wednesday night at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion but could not pull off the win, falling 59-48.
With the shot clock winding down, freshman guard Sara Hemmings drained a clutch 3-pointer to pull the Bears to within three points of the lead at 42-39 with 7:26 left in the game. But two quick turnovers by Northern Colorado helped CSU to a 50-39 lead with 4:13 left to play, giving the Rams just enough horsepower to pull it out.
Northern Colorado (2-6) got off to a quick start against Colorado State in the early parts of the game, as sophomore guard Whitley Cox used her pesky quickness to sink a trey and a layup to score five of her final 11 points and help put the Bears up 13-8 with seven and a half minutes into the game. Senior forward Heather Barbour's trifecta with 10:18 remaining in the first half gave the Bears their largest lead of the game at 19-12.
Helped by cold shooting and bad luck ball handling by Northern Colorado, Colorado State (3-5) used a 10-0 run over the next seven minutes to charge back at the Bears and take a 22-19 lead. Northern Colorado was able to keep the Rams from running wild however, going into halftime trailing only 28-23.
CSU rambled out the gates at the start of the second half, running up its lead to 42-29 with 11:37 left in the game. However, Northern Colorado immediately clawed back by going on a 10-0 run over the next four minutes, but it wasn't enough to coral the Rams.
Hemmings led the Bears down the stretch with crucial baskets and finished with 10 points, including two 3-pointers in 15 minutes of action off the bench. Barbour scored in double-figures for the 22nd time in the last 25 games, finishing with 10 points. She also tied freshman forward Tina Fox with a team-high seven rebounds.
Colorado State was led in scoring by Kelly Jo Mulaney, who dropped 19 points. Marilyn Moulton pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Bears will return to action on Saturday, as they travel to Fullerton, Calif., to take on the Cal State Fullerton Titans at 2 p.m. mountain time. The game will be broadcast on 1310-AM KFKA and can be accessed free of charge on UNCBears.com.