December 20, 2005

Bears Knockout UMKC Kangaroos, 86-69

Dec. 20, 2005

Box Score

GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado snapped its five-game losing streak on Tuesday night with an 86-69 win over the UMKC Kangaroos.

Three Bears scored in double-figures on the night. Junior forward Heather Barbour led the way as she tied her career-high with 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting. She also snagged six rebounds and three steals. Junior Jena Fosdick chimed in with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Freshman Jabrenta Hubbard went 5-of-10 from the floor en route to an 11 point performance.

"I thought this was an important win for our team," said Ron Vlasin, Northern Colorado head coach. "We were down the last five games, but this win gives us more confidence as we continue our season. It was something we can build on."

The Bears (5-7) stayed even with the Kangaroos in the early part of the first half, with the score tied at nine with 13:08 left in the half. But Northern Colorado jumped out ahead with a 15-2 run highlighted by back-to-back trifectas by Bailey Dillon to take a 24-11 lead with 8:18 remaining. The Bears used deadly accurate 3-point shooting, going 6-of-14 for the half, to go up by as many as 20 before settling on a 43-27 halftime lead.

UMKC (2-9) couldn't seem to get anything going in the second half, as it trailed 69-49 with 6:16 left to play. But the Kangaroos made the Bears uneasy with a 14-5 run to cut Northern Colorado's lead to 71-59 with three and a half minutes remaining. After a 30 second time out by Vlasin, Northern Colorado settled down and put things out of reach for UMKC, outscoring the Kangaroos 15-10 in the closing minutes of the contest.

Northern Colorado shot 46.7 percent from the floor for the game, which was its best shooting performance since its 88-64 win Cal-State Fullerton on Nov. 20 in which the Bears shot 51.5 percent. The Bears were ferocious on defense, forcing UMKC to shoot 37.7 percent and commit 20 turnovers.

The Bears will look to carry their momentum to their next in a New Year's bash with the Denver Pioneers at 1 p.m. on Dec. 31 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.