Women's Basketball To Clash With Cougars, Broncs This Week
Jan. 9, 2006
Game No. 16 * vs. Colorado Christian * Tuesday, Jan. 10 * 7 p.m. MT
Game No. 17 * vs. Texas Pan-American * Sunday, Jan. 15 * 1 p.m. MT
Greeley, Colo. * Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion (4,500)
GAME INFORMATION: The Bears continue their homestand with a showdown with Division II in-state foe Colorado Christian on Tuesday and a game against fellow Division I Independent Texas Pan American on Sunday.
SERIES OUTLOOK: The Bears are 4-2 against Colorado Christian. Northern Colorado is 2-0 against Texas Pan-American.
THE COACHES: Northern Colorado head coach Ron Vlasin is 61-64 in his fifth season. At the high school level, Vlasin won nine state championships in Colorado.
Colorado Christian head coach Kristen Buckley is 6-61 in her third season.
Texas Pan-American head coach DeAnn Craft is 31-41 in her third season at UTPA and 136-141 in 16 years at the collegiate level.
RADIO: The CCU game will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. mountain time and the UTPA game will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. on the Bears Radio Network (flagship station - 1310-AM KFKA in Greeley) with Chris Ott on play-by-play. The game starts with a 15 minute pre-game show.
INTERNET: Log on to UNCBears.com for Gametracker, game recaps and player bios.
TICKETS: Call (970) 351-4TIX for tickets to the game and information on season ticket packages.
THE BEAR FACTS
The Bears are currently on a two-game win streak, their first win streak since the beginning of the season, when they had three straight wins over Cal State-Fullerton, Illinois and Marquette.
Northern Colorado is coming off a 65-51 win over Weber State last Wednesday. The win was the team's first over a Big Sky opponent since reclassifying to Division I. Freshman Jabrenta Hubbard scored a game-high 18 points in the game, while junior Heather Barbour tallied 14 points. It was the fourth consecutive game Barbour scored in double figures.
The Bears shot 46.7 percent from the floor and forced 17 WSU turnovers.
Hubbard is currently on a tear, as she has scored eight field goals in the past two games. She is averaging 17.5 points during that span.
Northern Colorado is 16-15 all-time under head coach Ron Vlasin in January.
THE LAST MEETING Northern Colorado last met on the hardwood with Colorado Christian on Nov. 29, 2003. The Bears made 14 3-pointers in the game and held the Cougars to just 20.7 percent from the floor en route to an 87-48 victory.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH Northern Colorado is 161-93 (.636) all-time against teams from Colorado.
PERFECT JANUARY The Bears are a perfect 2-0 in January so far after going 2-6 in December.
AGAINST THE RMAC Northern Colorado is 129-31 all-time against teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
WHEN SCORING 60+ The Bears are a perfect 4-0 against Colorado Christian when scoring 60 or more points.
HUBBARD STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE MONTH Freshman Jabrenta Hubbard was named the Northern Colorado female Student-Athlete of the Month for December. Hubbard finished December averaging 11.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals/game in eight games, including 34-of-81 from the floor. Her month was highlighted with a career-high 23 point, six rebound performance against in-state rival Colorado State on Dec. 18. Hubbard lit up Moby Arena, going 8-of-19 from the floor and 3-of-5 from 3-point range. In her return to her home state of Nevada, Hubbard went 5-of-10 from floor for 19 points against Nevada on Dec. 2 at the Nugget Classic in Reno. She finished with five games in double-figures for the month. The Student-Athlete of the Month program is designed to recognize the athletic accomplishments of Northern Colorado student-athletes.
FRESH FIRST SEASON Freshman Jabrenta Hubbard is leading the team in points (13.4/game), steals (30), assists (43) and field goals made (78). The guard from Las Vegas has started every game this season and has scored in double-figures in all but four games. Hubbard had a career-high 23 points and six rebounds against Colorado State on Dec. 18. Hubbard also had her first career double-double on Jan. 2 against Mesa State with 17 points and 10 assists.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME The Bears are 228-146 all-time at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion, including 5-2 this season.
NIGHT AND DAY The Bears have been a different team at home this season than the team that has struggled on the road. Northern Colorado has shot .443 at home from the floor, compared to .370 on the road.
ABUNDANCE OF DEPTH One positive for the Bears this season is they have been able to keep their players fresh. Ten players are averaging at least 11 minutes per game.
THE GREAT EQUALIZER The Bears have drained 118 3-pointers this season compared with their opponents, who have 85. Junior Jena Fosdick leads the team with 27 3-pointers.
BEARS SIGN TWO TO LETTERS OF INTENT Head coach Ron Vlasin announced the early period signings of Tina Fox (North Platte, Neb./North Platte HS) and Kaley Hoover (Emory, Texas/Rains HS) on Nov. 17. Fox and Hoover will join Northern Colorado next season.
Fox, a 6'3 center, averaged nine points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots per game during her junior season as she led her team to an 18-5 record. Fox will also compete in track & field at Northern Colorado.
Hoover, a 6'2 forward, averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior. She has earned nine varsity letters in basketball, volleyball and track & field. Hoover was ranked 24th in the preseason by TexasHoops.com.
SKEET GETS HER FIRST STARTING NOD Whitley Cox, nicknamed "Skeet", got her first career start against Mesa State on Jan. 2. She went for six points and had five rebounds in 13 minutes.
BARBOUR STEPS IT UP Junior Heather Barbour was Northern Colorado's only player in double-figures against Denver on Dec. 31. Barbour went for 16 points on 5-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Barbour also led the Bears with 21 points against UMKC on Dec. 20. Barbour averaged 8.8 points in December and has nine double-figure scoring games this season.
THE QUAD SQUAD Only four teams have defeated both a Big East and Big Ten team this year: Florida, Missouri, George Washingon and ... Northern Colorado.
TRADING PLACES Jabrenta Hubbard's six rebounds against Colorado State on Dec. 18 marked the first time a guard has led the team in rebounds in a game.
3-POINT EXCELLENCE Junior Jena Fosdick is seventh all-time in 3-pointers made at Northern Colorado. Fosdick, a junior from Lincoln, Neb., has 101 3-pointers in her career. She needs 10 more trifectas to jump into sixth place ahead of Lindy Kirkland's 111 treys.
BREAKING EVEN LEADS TO GOOD THINGS The last time the Bears started 1-1 was the 2003-04 season, when they finished 16-11.
FOSDICK STARTS WHERE SHE LEFT OFF Junior guard Jena Fosdick scored 26 points and had a career-high eight rebounds in the win over Cal State-Fullerton after coming off an off-season head injury. Fosdick's five 3-pointers moved her to within six trifectas of ninth on the all-time Northern Colorado list.
THE REBOUNDING MACHINE Junior center Danielle Hagen grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds against Cal State-Fullerton. It was the first time since 2002 that a Bear had grabbed at least 15 rebounds.
NOT JUST BEGINNER'S LUCK Freshman guard Jabrenta Hubbard followed up her performance against Air Force with 18 points, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range against the Titans. Hubbard also dished out five assists and had three steals.
NO BACKING DOWN HERE Although Northern Colorado is still in its infant stages of being a Division I program, it is not shying away from tough competition. The Bears are taking on seven teams that participated in the NCAA or WNIT tournament last season. Those teams include Louisville (NCAA), Maryland (NCAA), Illinois (WNIT), Marquette (WNIT), Gonzaga (WNIT), and twice against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (WNIT). The Bears took Maryland to the wire last season, leading 75-72 with 4:20 to play before falling 87-79.
BEARS TURN OUT BEST SHOOTING SINCE 2OO3 Northern Colorado's 51 percent shooting performance against Cal State-Fullerton on Nov. 20 was their best since Dec. 6, 2003, in a 103-61 win over New York Tech.
DANDY DEBUT Freshman Jabrenta Hubbard scored 17 points in her collegiate debut against Air Force on Nov. 18. The guard from Las Vegas was 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Hubbard was ranked the 38th-best high school player in the nation by NCAAFullCourt.com in 2004 and was a top-ranked player in the West region by Street &Smith's that same year.
THE COMEBACK KID Junior Heather Barbour scored 11 points against Air Force. Barbour had been hampered by leg injuries the past two years. Before the game against the Falcons, she hadn't played in regular season action since Jan. 8, 2005, against Utah.
RULE CHANGE Fans may notice a difference with the kicking rule this year. Before, the shot would reset to 30 seconds whenthe ball was kicked. The NCAA changed the rule to say the shot clock will reset to 15 seconds when there are less than 15 seconds left on the shot clock when the ball is kicked. When there are more than 15 seconds remaining on the shot clock, the time will stay the same.
GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION Newcomer Jabrenta Hubbard scored 12 points, dished out a game-high eight assists and grabbed five steals in her first game action in a Northern Colorado uniform. Hubbard averaged 20.3 points and 3.5 assists per game as a high school senior in Las Vegas.
BEARS IN TOURNAMENT PLAY The Bears have a 55-52 all-time record in tournament games. The Bears went 2-1 and finished as runner-up at last season's Division I Independent Tournament in Orem, Utah. Northern Colorado also finished as runner-up in the Wingate Classic and the Nugget Classic this season.
NORTHERN COLORADO COACHES SHOW NOW ON WEDNESDAY Fans can now join Ron Vlasin and other Northern Colorado coaches at noon on Wednesdays at Old Chicago (2349 W. 29th St., next to Red Lobster). The show is open to the public and lunch is only $7, which includes a salad and drink. Troy Coverdale serves as the host, and the show airs at 7 p.m. that night on 1310-AM KFKA.