December 18, 2005

Bears Stumble Against Colorado State, 81-66

Dec. 18, 2005

Box Score

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Freshman Jabrenta Hubbard scored a career-high 23 points, but it was not enough to lead the University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team to a victory over the Colorado State Rams, as the Bears fell 81-66 on Sunday afternoon.

Northern Colorado (4-7) made the game a lot closer than the score indicated by hitting 10 3-pointers and stealing the ball 14 times. But it the Rams were able to match the Bears from beyond the arc, going 9-of-13 from 3-point range. As with the game last season between the two teams, Colorado State senior guard Vanessa Espinoza was once again the roadblock for Northern Colorado, as she dropped 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point land. The Rams also overpowered the Bears inside, scoring 26 points in the paint.

The game was neck-and-neck for most of the first half, with Northern Colorado's largest lead coming 14-10 with 14:16 left in the half, but CSU grabbed the momentum and put together a 16-5 run in the last five minutes to take a 43-30 halftime lead. Colorado State was solid on the shooting end, going 19-of-33 (57.6 percent), while Northern Colorado went 11-of-33 from the floor. The Bears did go 6-of-13 from 3-point range in the half, but they could not capitalize on lay up opportunities.

The Bears clamped down on the Rams at the beginning of the second half, going on a 17-7 run to cut CSU's lead to 50-47. The lead was highlighted by two straight trifectas from Hubbard. But it was the shooting of Espinoza and frontcourt players Lindsay Thomas and Melissa Dennett that put the Rams back into a comfortable lead and prevented the Bears from getting any closer than nine points. The Bears also went on a dry spell toward the end, scoring their last bucket with 4:14 to play. Northern Colorado snagged 14 offensive rebounds for the game but could not take advantage as it scored just seven second chance points.

Junior Jena Fosdick scored 12 points and snagged four steals. Hubbard's career scoring night also included a team-high six rebounds, another career-high.

Colorado State's win brought it to 5-3 on the year and gave the Rams their 14th straight win over the Bears. Northern Colorado is now on a five-game losing streak.

The Bears return home to play at 7 p.m. on Tuesday against the UMKC Kangaroos at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. 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.