Feb. 12, 2006
Game No. 23 * Northern Colorado at Colorado
Monday, Feb. 13 * 7 p.m.
Boulder, Colo. * Coors Events/Conference Center (11,064)
GAME INFORMATION: The Bears will travel southwest to Boulder, Colo. to take on in-state rival Colorado at 7 p.m. on Monday.
SERIES OUTLOOK: Colorado leads the series 7-6.
THE COACHES: Northern Colorado head coach Ron Vlasin is 66-66 in his fifth season. At the high school level, Vlasin won nine state championships in Colorado.
Colorado head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller is 7-17 in her first season and 98-105 in six years as a college head coach.
RADIO: The game will be broadcast live on the Bears Radio Network (Flagship station - 1310-AM KFKA in Greeley) with Chris Ott on play-by-play. The broadcast starts with a 30 minute pre-game show. The game can be accessed free of charge on UNCBears.com.
INTERNET: Log on to UNCBears.com for live stats and the game recap.
TICKETS: Call (303) 49-BUFFS or 1-800-87-BUFFS for tickets to the game. Tickets can also be ordered online at CUBuffs.com.
THE BEAR FACTS
The Bears are coming off a down to the wire 75-73 loss to Utah Valley State on Saturday.
Freshman Jabrenta Hubbard shattered her previous career-high of 23 with 34 points on 14-of-26 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from 3-point land. Hubbard finished three points off the school record, held by Jenny Gallagher. She also snatched the ball five times.
The Bears dug themselves a hole by shooting 32.4 percent in the first half and 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) from 3-point range for the game.
Northern Colorado took care of the ball in the game, turning the ball over a season-low six times. The Bears forced 17 Wolverine turnovers but scored only 17 points off the takeaways.
The Bears are 1-0 this season when coming off a loss of two points or less. Northern Colorado lost to Lamar 72-71 in overtime on Jan. 22 and followed it up with a 72-55 win over UC-Colorado Springs on Jan. 28.
The Bears have won seven out of their last nine games. In those wins, Northern Colorado has held its opponents to an average of 54 points.
Northern Colorado has met its tough schedule head-on, winning three games against 2005 WNIT opponents this season. The wins were over Illinois, Marquette and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
SCOUTING THE BUFFALOES Colorado is currently on a three-game losing streak and has lost four in-a-row at home. The Buffs are coming of a 76-56 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday. CU shot 38.5 percent from the floor in the game and was led by 6-3 forward Jackie McFarland's 22 points. McFarland leads the team in scoring with 17.2 points per game. She also leads the Buffs with 9.1 rebounds a contest. McFarland is followed in scoring by Jasmina Ilic with 14.8 points per game. Ilic is the team leader in 3-pointers with 41.
THE LAST MEETING The Buffaloes won last year's contest 77-58 last season in Boulder on Dec. 29, 2004. CU drained 13 3-pointers in the game, and the Bears had no answer for Colorado's Veronica Johns-Richardson and Anna Nedovic, who had 25 and 23 points, respectively. The Bears shot 36 percent from the floor and went 7-of-32 from 3-point land. Kendra Lambrecht led Northern Colorado with 14 points.
SERIES HISTORY Northern Colorado's last win over Colorado came on Jan. 27, 1978 in a 59-53 decision. The Bears' last win in Boulder was a 55-52 contest on Feb. 12, 1977.
HUBBARD SLASHES HER WAY TO 34 After Jabrenta Hubbard was done with her spinning and acrobatic moves against Utah Valley State, she finished with a career-high 34 points. Hubbard went 14-of-26 from the floor and swished four 3-pointers. Even though she was busy with all her scoring, she still had time to snatch five steals. Hubbard's points total was three points off the Northern Colorado record for points in a game, held by Jenny Gallagher. It was also the most points any Northern Colorado player has scored in a game since the Bears began their reclassification to Division I in 2003-04. The last time a Northern Colorado player went for 30-plus points was against Western State last season on Feb. 19, 2005 by Kayla Flavin with 31 points.
BARBOUR A BEACON OF CONSISTENCY Junior Heather Barbour's 13 points marked the sixth consecutive and 15th overall game she has scored in double-figures this season. Barbour is second on the team in scoring with 11.5 points per game.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH Northern Colorado is 162-93 (.635) all-time against teams from Colorado.
THINGS LOOKING UP The Bears went 5-1 in January and are now 2-0 in February after going 2-6 in December.
FRESH FIRST SEASON Freshman Jabrenta Hubbard is leading the team in points (13.5/game), steals (46), assists (58) and field goals made (115). The guard from Las Vegas has started every game this season and has sHcored in double-figures in 13 games. Hubbard exploded for a then-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 187 3-pointers this season compared with their opponents, who have 109. Junior Jena Fosdick leads the team with 41 3-pointers. The Bears ranked second in the nation in 3-pointers per game in last week's NCAA Division I stat rankings.
COX NAMED NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK University of Northern Colorado women's basketball freshman guard Whitley Cox was named the Division I Independent Newcomer of the Week on Tuesday. Cox earned the award after going for a career-high 15 points in Northern Colorado's 63-62 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last Saturday. She went 5-of-6 from the floor, dished out three assists and pulled down four rebounds.
Cox is the first Bears player to win an independent award this season. South Dakota State's Heather Sieler earned Player of the Week honors. Ten Division I Independent teams have joined to award Player of the Week awards and compile individual and team statistics. The teams are Cal Davis, IPFW, Longwood, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Savannah State, South Dakota State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley State. Awards are voted on by participating team sports information directors and are released every Tuesday.
BEARS CUT DOWN ANOTHER WNIT FOE Northern Colorado beat its third 2005 WNIT opponent this season on Feb. 4 with a 63-62 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
COX UPS HER GAME Freshman guard Whitley Cox scored a career-high 15 points against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 4. Cox, who hails from Las Vegas, bested her previous high of 11 points against Colorado Christian on Jan. 10.
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.
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.