December 15, 2005

Louisville Ekes Out 66-57 Win Over Bears

Dec. 15, 2005

Box Score

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball fell by a nose to Louisville on Thursday, 66-57.

Junior Bailey Dillon lit up Freedom Hall for a career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point land. Both Jabrenta Hubbard and Heather Barbour dropped in 10 points.

The Bears (4-6) came into the game with three straight losses with an average margin of loss of 24 points, but Northern Colorado came to the Bluegrass State with a chip on its shoulder. The Bears were faced with a 13 and a half hour travel adventure the day before due to bad weather in the team's connecting flight in Chicago, but it didn't show in their hustle.

A 3-point play by Hubbard and a trifecta from junior Jena Fosdick in the first minutes of the game gave the Bears a 6-0 lead. But the Cardinals charged back with a 7-0 run to take a 7-6 lead with 16:51 left in the first half. Louisville went up by as many as five, but Northern Colorado clawed back and took a 30-25 lead with 3:39 remaining. The Cardinals were able to edge itself ahead 33-30 on a 3-pointer at the end of the half. The Bears held the Cardinals to 37 percent shooting in the half.

Louisville (6-1), No. 16 in the latest RPI ratings, jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first five minutes of the second half, taking a 44-34 lead with 15:48 left to play. But the Bears roared all the way back at tied it at 46 with 10:00 remaining. The Cardinals went back up 57-49 with 5:31 on the clock, but Northern Colorado kept them sweating by cutting it to 57-53. But a 9-4 run to close out the game was all Louisville needed to eke out the win.

Louisville All-American candidate Jazz Covington crowded the paint with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while her teammate Missy Taylor also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Five Cardinals scored in double figures.

Northern Colorado will try to carry its toughness to Fort Collins, Colo., on Sunday to take on in-state rival Colorado State at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on The Bears Radio Network (Flagship Station: 1310-AM KFKA in Greeley). The broadcast and live stats from the game can be accessed free of charge on