February 3, 2006

Women's Basketball Set For Two Games In Texas On Saturday, Monday

Feb. 3, 2006

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Game No. 20 * at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Saturday, Feb. 4 * 2 p.m. MT
Corpus Christi, Texas * American Bank Center (8,500)

Game No. 21 * at Texas-Pan American
Monday, Feb. 6 * 7 p.m. MT
Edinburg, Texas * UTPA Fieldhouse (4,500)

GAME INFORMATION: The Bears will hit the road for a two-game swing in Texas. Northern Colorado will make its first stop in Corpus Christi to take on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders at 2 p.m. mountain time on Saturday. The Bears will the head down to Edinburg to clash with the Texas-Pan American Broncs at 6 p.m. mountain time on Monday.

SERIES OUTLOOK: TAMCC leads the series 3-0.

The Bears are 3-0 all-time against UTPA. Northern Colorado beat the Broncs 72-52 earlier this season in Greeley, Colo.

THE COACHES: Northern Colorado head coach Ron Vlasin is 64-65 in his fifth season. At the high school level, Vlasin won nine state championships in Colorado.

TAMCC head coach Jodi Kest is 68-36 in her fourth season and 221-149 in 14 years as a college head coach.

UTPA head coach DeAnn Craft is 31-45 in her third season and 136-145 in 16 years as a college head coach.

RADIO: The TAMCC game will be broadcast live at 2 p.m. mountain time and the UTPA game will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. mountain time 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.

THE BEAR FACTS The Bears have won five out of their last six and are coming off a 72-55 win over UC-Colorado Springs on Jan. 28.

Junior Jena Fosdick led the Bears with 17 points, her highest point total since dropping 26 against Cal State-Fullerton on Nov. 20. Fosdick drained four 3-pointers and became fourth all-time in career 3-pointers made at Northern Colorado.

The Bears will look to exorcise their road demons, as they have gone just 1-5 as the visiting team and 1-2 on neutral courts this season.

Northern Colorado's only road win of the season came back on Dec. 2 against the Nevada Wolfpack in a 68-52 win. The Bears drained 11 3-pointers and forced 21 Wolfpack turnovers in that game.

The Bears will have their work cut out for them against the Islanders. Northern Colorado has never shot better than 37 percent against TAMCC and have averaged an averaged of 26 turnovers in the series.

GAME NOTES

SCOUTING THE ISLANDERS Texas A&M Corpus Christi, a WNIT team last year, are second among all Division I Independents with an 11-8 record on the season. The Islanders have won four out of their last five games. TAMCC is led by senior center Terra Andrews, who averages 15.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

THE LAST MEETING WITH TAMCC Northern Colorado last played Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the championship game of the Division I Independent tournament last season. The Islanders forced 30 turnovers from the Bears and scored 23 points off the giveaways. TAMCC held the Bears to only three 3-pointers in the game. Danielle Hagen was one of the Northern Colorado players named to the All-Tournament team after the game.

SCOUTING THE BRONCS Texas-Pan American has had a rough go of it this season with a 4-16 record. The Broncs are currently on a four-game losing streak. UTPA is led in scoring by senior guard Dominique Montague, who is averaging 8.4 points/game. The Broncs do not have anyone averaging double figures in points.

AGAINST THE LONE STAR STATE Northern Colorado is 10-9 all-time against teams from Texas. The Bears finished 6-2 last season against Texas schools and are 1-2 this season. The Bears fell 85-57 to UTEP in Greeley on Dec. 14 and lost to Lamar 72-71 in overtime in Beaumont, Texas on Jan. 22. Northern Colorado picked up a 72-52 win over Texas-Pan American on Jan. 15 in Greeley.

THINGS LOOKING UP The Bears are 5-1 in January so far after going 2-6 in December.

FOSDICK MAKES A COMEBACK Junior Jena Fosdick had her best offensive performance since Nov. 20 against Cal-State Fullerton with her 17 points against UC-Colorado Springs on Jan. 28. Fosdick drained four 3-pointers and moved into fourth place on Northern Colorado's career list for 3-pointers made.

I'LL HAVE A DOUBLE-DOUBLE WITH THAT Junior Heather Barbour continued her trend of solid play this season with her first double-double. Barbour turned out 12 points and 10 rebounds against UC-Colorado Springs on Jan. 28.

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 (12.5/game), steals (38), assists (53) and field goals made (92). The guard from Las Vegas has started every game this season and has scored in double-figures in 13 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.

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 10 minutes per game.

THE GREAT EQUALIZER The Bears have drained 167 3-pointers this season compared with their opponents, who have 95. Junior Jena Fosdick leads the team with 39 3-pointers.

SEASON NOTES

3-POINT EXCELLENCE Junior Jena Fosdick is now fourth all-time in 3-pointers made at Northern Colorado with 116, passing Jenny Gallagher's mark of 155.

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.

MCCARROLL DEFINES SOLID Senior Cindy McCarroll scored 14 points for the fourth time in her career against Lamar on Jan. 22. She went 4-of-6 from the floor and drained 6-of-7 free throws. McCarroll also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

BARBOUR AN INFERNO Heather Barbour, a junior from Highlands Ranch, Colo., has been a much different player this season than last. She has been fully healthy for the first time in two years, and it shows. Barbour is No. 2 in scoring on the team with 11.4/game. She went 6-of-11 from the field and notched a season-high five 3-pointers en route to 17 points. It was her second straight game in double-figures and 11th overall this season.

HEATHER THE BARBOURIAN Junior Heather Barbour dropped 20 points against Texas-Pan American on Jan. 15. It was the third time this season Barbour scored at least 20 and her ninth double-figure game this season.

HAGEN DOUBLES IT UP Junior center Danielle Hagen had her best offensive game this season against Texas-Pan American on Jan. 15. Hagen tallied 15 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out six assists. It was her second double-double this season; the other came against Boise State on Nov. 26, when she scored 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

AGAINST INDEPENDENTS Northern Colorado finished 6-2 last season against fellow Division I Independents. The Bears are 1-0 this season against independents.

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.

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.