December 10, 2005

Bears Corralled By Wyoming Cowgirls

Dec. 10, 2005

Box Score

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team took a tumble against the Wyoming Cowgirls on Saturday, falling 71-47.

The Bears (4-4) came into the game averaging 27 3-point attempts, but went just 1-of-9 from beyond the arc for the game. Wyoming scored 22 points off 18 Northern Colorado turnovers. The Cowgirls also out-rebounded the Bears 40-28.

Northern Colorado owned the momentum in the early part of the game, going on a 7-1 run in the first five minutes. The Bears held a 13-12 lead with 13:15 left in the first half, but Wyoming took the lead for good on a 3-pointer from Jodi Bolerjack at 15-13 with 12:29 left in the half. Wyoming closed out the half by outscoring Northern Colorado 22-8 to take a 37-21 halftime lead.

Wyoming (6-1) came out of the blocks in the second half on fire, going on a 14-0 run to take a 51-21 lead with 13:39 remaining. The Bears went on a 7:20 scoring drought from the end of the first half until freshman Whitley Cox broke the ice with a pair of free throws to make the score 51-23. Sophomore Dani Veal scored Northern Colorado's first field goal of the second half with 11:22 remaining. Wyoming led by as many as 34 with a 57-23 lead at the 11:36 mark, but the Bears were able to end the game by outscoring the Cowgirls 24-14.

Junior Danielle Hagen led the Bears with 13 points while Veal had a career-high 10 points on 5-of-8 from the field.

The Bears will try to rebound from the loss at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion as they take on the UTEP Miners. Northern Colorado is 4-0 all-time against UTEP and beat the Miners 59-52 last season. The game will be broadcast live on the Bears Radio Network (Flagship Station: 1310-AM KFKA in Greeley) and can be accessed free of charge on UNCBears.com.