December 31, 2005

Denver Shuts Down Northern Colorado's Offense

Dec. 31, 2005

Box Score

GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team could not recover from poor shooting in the first half as it fell 63-47 to the Denver Pioneers on Saturday.

Northern Colorado's 9-for-28 (32.1 percent) shooting effort in the first half allowed Denver to stay ahead of the pace as the Pioneers shot 45.8 percent in the half and 44.9 percent for the game. Northern Colorado was held to just 3-of-19 from the 3-point range for the game.

The Bears (5-8) fell behind 8-4 in at the 13:33 mark in the first half, but a 3-pointer by Whitley Cox and a lay in by sophomore Dani Veal gave Northern Colorado a 9-8 lead. DU answered with an 8-2 run to take a 16-12 lead with 8:14 remaining. Freshman Jabrenta Hubbard's fast break lay up with 2:51 on the clock cut the Pioneers' lead to 22-21, but Denver grabbed the momentum and closed out the half with a 9-1 run to take a 31-23 halftime lead.

Denver (6-5) pushed Northern Colorado into a corner at the start of the second half, going on an 8-2 run that allowed the Pioneers to pull ahead 39-27. The Bears pulled to within seven of the lead on four different occasions in the half but couldn't seem to get over the hump. Northern Colorado pulled to within 54-47 with 4:17 left to play, but the Pioneers used a 9-0 run in the remaining minutes to put the game out of reach for the Bears.

Junior forward Heather Barbour led the Bears with 16 points on 5-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.

Northern Colorado will try to get things rolling again on as it clashes with the Mesa State Mavericks at 7 p.m. on Monday 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.