Jan. 22, 2008
Northern Colorado (9-8, 3-1 Big Sky) at
Thursday, Jan. 24 •
Northern Colorado at
Saturday, Jan. 26 •
The Series.......................... MSU........................ UM
Overall Record..................... 0-3........................ 0-2
At Opponent......................... 0-1........................ 0-1
At Neutral Sites.................... 0-0........................ 0-0
Last Meeting..................... 2006-07.............. 2006-07
White vs.............................. 0-2........................ 0-2
*at current school
KFKA 1310 AM.............. J.J. McKay, play-by-play
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Not An Easy Task
Northern Colorado has quite possibly the hardest road trip in the Big Sky Conference facing them this week as they play at
The Bears are looking for their first win in both series, as they are 0-3 all-time against
It's An Honor
For the first time since joining the Big Sky Conference, a Bear has earned Player of the Week honors, as senior Danielle Hagen shared this week's award with Natalie Doma of
Win At Home,
Many coaches feel to be successful in conference play you must take care of the home games and split on the road, and that's just what
Northern Colorado is currently on a three-game winning streak, the longest of the season for the Bears and the longest since the 2005-06 season (1/28 UCCS; 2/4 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; 2/6 at Texas Pan American). The third win of the streak, against
Total Team Effort
With the shortened bench due to injuries, the Bears now have four different active players averaging over 10 points per game. Junior guard Jamie Schroeder leads the way with 10.9, while senior center Danielle Hagen is at 10.4 and freshmen guards Courtney Stoermer and Kate Kevorken are averaging 10.2 and 10.1, respectively.
Senior center Danielle Hagen had arguably the best game of her career in the win over then-first place
Freshman guard Kate Kevorken checked into the game on Thursday evening against Eastern Washington with 12:39 left in the first half and promptly made her first five shots from the three-point line between the 10:20 and 2:05 marks. She ended the game with a career-best six three-pointers and tied her career high with 18 points in the game. With the two treys against
Against Eastern Washington on Thursday,
Out Of The Blocks
The Century Club
Senior center Danielle Hagen played and started in her 100th career game against
The win over
A Schroeder Explosion
Junior forward Jamie Schroeder has tied or tallied a career-high in each of the last four games, notching 18 points in each game against
Bears Among National Leaders
Senior center Danielle Hagen ranks 38th among Division I players in rebounds with 9.3 per game and is 49th in free throw percentage, shooting .839 from the charity stripe. Freshman guard Kate Kevorken also ranks 93rd in three-point field goal percentage at .360 and is 60th in three-pointers made per game, hitting 2.4 a game. The team ranks 19th in the same category with their 7.2 a contest and are 50th in free throw percentage, shooting .734 from the charity stripe.
Take Care Of The Ball
For just the fourth time this year the Bears recorded a positive assist-to-turnover ratio against
National Girls & Women In Sports
On February 7 in the game against
No Bench Warmer
Freshman guard Kate Kevorken is the only non-starter in the Big Sky Conference to rank among the top 25 in scoring. She currently ranks 20th with 10.1 points per game and also ranks 19th in rebounds with 4.8 a contest. She has nine double figure scoring games off the bench and one double-double (SE Missouri State).
The Bears posted a 6-7 non-conference record during 2007, including their first true road victory during Jaime White's tenure as head coach with the 69-46 win at
In four of the first eight games this season, the Bears shot below 60 percent from the free throw line, but have turned things around, shooting at least .625 in each of the last nine games, including a season-best .867 (13-15) at Saint Mary's.
Northern Colorado has now made at least one three-pointer in 194 consecutive games, dating all the way back to Jan. 20, 2001 at
I'll See Your Five And Raise You Four
With the win over
Several Bears are closing in on career or season milestones. Senior center Danielle Hagen's is now just two blocked shots from tying for 10th in school history. She currently has 51.
On These Dates
In games played on Jan. 24, NC is 8-2 all-time and won its first five games played on that date and the Bears are 3-6 all-time in contests on Jan. 26.
Leading The Way - Team Wise
Through games played on Jan. 20, Northern Colorado ranks first in scoring defense (61.9) and defensive rebounds (27.82) and second in field goal percentage defense (.374), three-point field goal percentage defense (.288), rebounding offense (39.1), rebounding margin (+1.5) and three-point field goals made (7.18). In conference games only, the Bears lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and three-pointers made per game (7.50) and are second in field goal percentage defense (.358), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.05) and defensive rebounds (27.25).
Leading The Way - Individually
In the individual Big Sky Conference statistics, senior center Danielle Hagen ranks third in the league in rebounds (9.3), fourth in free throw percentage (.839), sixth in offensive rebounds (2.59) and second in defensive rebounds (6.71). Junior guard Jamie Schroeder ranks sixth in field goal percentage (.464), 10th in free throw percentage (.776) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.419), while freshman guard Courtney Stoermer ranks eighth in assists (3.29), 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.369), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.08), and second in minutes played (35.65), while freshman guard Kate Kevorken is fourth in three-pointers made (2.35).
No One Likes To See That
Unfortunately, junior guard Whitley Cox suffered a season-ending injury to her left knee in the game against Air Force. Cox will hopefully be able to receive a medical hardship and have two full seasons of eligibility remaining. She was leading the team and ranked second in the Big Sky Conference averaging 20.1 points per game.
On The Horizon
Bears Add Three
Head Coach Jaime White announced the signing of three student-athletes in Kaisha Brown, Courtney Kranz and Lauren Oosdyke.
Kaisha Brown, 5-10, G/F,
Brown averaged 14.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game as a junior with four games over 20 or more points in a game. Was a second-team All-Northwest Iowa Girls Basketball selection last year.
Courtney Kranz, 6-3, C,
Kranz is a three-time letterwinner entering her senior season with the Blazers. She is also a two-time all-conference selection and was the only unanimous pick as a junior. She helped lead her team to the conference championship last year and also is a three-time letterwinner in volleyball, where her team was three-time conference champions. She plays club basketball for the NC Heat where they placed third at the AAU Nationals last season.
Lauren Oosdyke, 5-11, F, Coto de Caza,
Was a first-team All-Trinity League selection as a junior after being named a second-team all-conference selection in the Sierra League as a sophomore. She has also been named to several all-tournament teams throughout her career. Averages 10 points and eight rebounds per game to go along with a 58% field goal percentage from the field.
Scouting The Bobcats
Rebecca Mercer leads the team with 17.1 points per game, while Krislyn Wallace averages 12.9 a game and Sarah Strand chips in 10.9. Nubia Garcia leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game, while Wallace is right behind her at 6.6 a contest. Erica Perry is averaging a team-best 4.06 assists and leads the Big Sky with 2.88 steals per contest, while
The Bobcats also rank second in the conference in steals (8.82) and third in field goal percentage (.427), three-point field goal percentage (.342), assists (14.53) and turnover margin (+1.88).
Scouting The Lady Griz
Mandy Morales leads the Lady Griz with 16.3 points per game, while Sonya Rogers is the other player in double figures with 12.9 a contest. Tamara Guardipee is averaging a team-best 6.4 rebounds and 1.00 blocked shots per game, while Morales leads with 5.7 assists per game and Johanna Closson averages a team-best 1.44 steals per game.
The Lady Griz lead the Big Sky in scoring margin (+11.9), field goal percentage (.439), field goal percentage defense (.361), three-point field goal percentage (.387), rebounding offense (40.8), rebounding defense (36.7), rebounding margin (+4.1) and turnover margin (+2.33).