Women's Basketball Hosts Montana, Montana State
Feb. 28, 2008
Thursday, Feb. 28 •
Saturday, March 1 •
Home Sweet Home
The Bears picked up their first-ever win over Montana State in Bozeman earlier this season, 75-65, then lost a close game at Montana, 73-69.
It's In Their Hands
Thursday's game against
Going Strong To The Hoop
Both junior Jamie Schroeder and senior Danielle Hagen have done a great job of attacking the basket and when fouled, making opponents pay - especially in the month of February. The two have combined to attempt 47 free throws and have missed only three.
Oh So Close
Senior center Danielle Hagen is now just three rebounds shy of tying for fourth on the
Freshman guard Courtney Stoermer nearly posted a triple-double in the Bears win over
Rebounding By Committee
For the first time since the 2003-04 season, four players have tallied more than 100 rebounds in a season. Senior center Danielle Hagen leads the team and ranks second in the Big Sky Conference with 227 boards, while junior Jamie Schroeder has 158, freshman Kate Kevorken has 114 and freshman Courtney Stoermer has 104. This season, the Bears are averaging 37.8 rebounds per game, while in 2003-04 the squad averaged 38.9.
The Bears have won six games away from home this season, five on the road and one at a neutral site. It is the most wins on the road since the 2003-04 team won nine road games and posted an overall record of 16-11.
If the season ended today, the 2007-08 team would shatter the school record for free throw percentage. The Bears are shooting .760 from the charity stripe this season to rank 20th in the nation and the school record is .719 from the 1989-90 squad.
Senior Stepping Up
Senior center Danielle Hagen just broke the school record for consecutive career games started with 108, breaking the old record of 106 by Jill Fadenrecht.
Play It Clean
A good rule of thumb in Big Sky Conference play: Don't Foul.
Double, Double Toil and Trouble
In five of the last six games, someone on the Bears roster has posted a double-double. At
She Shoots, She Scores
Of the eight players on the active roster, seven have scored in double figures at least once this season. Freshman guard Paige Ricker was the latest to get in on the action, scoring a career-best 10 against
Senior center Danielle Hagen was recently named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team.
Back On Track
After not scoring in double figures at Sacramento State or Northern Arizona (she had eight in each), junior Jamie Schroeder is back to scoring double figures, as she has now scored over 10 points in 12 of the last 14 games, including five where she topped 20 points.
Freshman guard Kate Kevorken continues to sink three-pointers at an alarming rate and has 56 on the year to rank seventh on the school's single season chart. The school record for single-season three-pointers made is 72 by Diane Dittburner (1999-00). With one more triple, Kevorken will tie for sixth on the chart and three more will tie her for fifth.
It's An Honor
For the first time since joining the Big Sky, a Bear earned Player of the Week honors, as senior Danielle Hagen shared the award with Natalie Doma of
Total Team Effort
With the shortened bench due to injuries, the Bears now have four different active players averaging over nine points per game. Senior center Danielle Hagen leads the way with 12.9, while junior guard Jamie Schroeder is at 12.7 and freshmen guards Kate Kevorken and Courtney Stoermer are averaging 10.2 and 9.6, respectively.
The Century Club
Senior center Danielle Hagen played and started in her 100th career game against
Bears Among National Leaders
Senior center Danielle Hagen ranks 44th among Division I players in rebounds with 9.1 per game and is 56th in free throw percentage, shooting .823 from the charity stripe. Junior guard Jamie Schroeder is 34th in the same category, hitting at a .843 clip. Freshman guard Kate Kevorken also ranks 95th in three-point field goal percentage at .350 and is 75th in three-pointers made per game, hitting 2.2 a game. The team ranks 26th in the same category with their 6.8 a contest and are 20th in free throw percentage, shooting .760 from the charity stripe. The Bears also rank 77th in field-goal percentage defense at .383.
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
Northern Colorado has now made at least one three-pointer in 202 consecutive games, dating all the way back to Jan. 20, 2001 at
Several Bears are closing in on career or season milestones. Senior center Danielle Hagen is now just 83 points shy of 1,000 for her career and she needs just seven steals for 100. Sophomore guard Chelsie Luhring needs 12 rebounds for the 100th of her career, while freshman Lara Merritt is eight shy of 50. Jamie Schroeder is now just nine assists shy of 50 for her career. Freshman Courtney Stoermer needs nine points for 250 and 18 assists for 100.
Leading The Way - Team Wise
In the Big Sky stats, Northern Colorado ranks second in field goal percentage defense (.383), three-point field goal percentage defense (.292), rebounding defense (36.2), rebounding margin (+1.6), defensive rebounds (27.12) and three-pointers made (6.76) and they are third in scoring defense (63.4), free throw percentage (.760) and rebounding offense (37.8).
Leading The Way - Individually
In the individual Big Sky Conference statistics, senior center Danielle Hagen ranks second in the league in rebounds (9.1), ninth in scoring (12.9), fifth in field goal percentage (.474), sixth in free throw percentage (.823) and seventh in minutes played (32.76). Freshman Kate Kevorken ranks fourth in three-pointers made (2.24) and 10th in three-point percentage (.350). Junior Jamie Schroeder ranks 10th in scoring (12.7), 11th in rebounding (6.3), third in free throw percentage (.843) and ninth in three-point percentage (.368), while freshman Courtney Stoermer ranks second in minutes played (35.72), eighth in steals (1.32) and three-point percentage (.372) and ninth in assists (3.28) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.94)
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 Lady Griz
Mandy Morales leads the Lady Griz with 16.4 points per game, while Sonya Rogers is second at 12.6 and Johanna Closson averages 10.3. Britney Lohman leads the club with 5.9 rebounds, while Tamara Guardipee is right behind her at 5.5 per game. Morales also leads with 5.1 assists per game, while Lohman is averaging 1.3 steals and 0.96 blocks per game.
Montana is averaging 75.4 points, 40.7 rebounds, 6.3 three-pointers, 14.0 assists, 14.5 turnovers, 7.4 steals and 4.3 blocked shots per game while shooting .442 from the floor, .388 from three-point range and .761 from the free throw line. Opponents are averaging 63.3 points, 36.0 rebounds, 7.4 three-pointers, 13.3 assists, 16.4 turnovers, 5.9 steals and 2.6 blocks while connecting on .364 from the field, .323 from beyond the arc and .765 from the charity stripe.
Scouting The Bobcats
Rebecca Mercer ranks nationally in scoring, leading the team with 19.0 per game, while Krislyn Wallace (11.6) and Sarah Strand (10.4) also average double figures in scoring. Nubia Garcia leads the team with 7.1 rebounds, while Wallace averages 6.5 per game. Erica Perry leads the club in both assists and steals with 4.4 and 2.8 per game, respectively and
Montana State averages 72.6 points, 37.0 rebounds, 5.4 three-pointers, 14.7 assists, 16.2 turnovers, 8.7 steals and 2.5 blocked shots per game and shoots .428 from the field, .338 from three-point range and .737 from the free throw line. Opponents are averaging 71.5 points, 38.7 rebounds, 5.7 three-pointers, 15.0 assists, 18.4 turnovers, 7.8 steals and 2.4 blocks per game while connecting on .431 from the field, .342 from beyond the arc and .719 from the charity stripe.
Northern Colorado closes out the regular season hosting Northern Arizona on Thursday, March 6 at 7:05 p.m. and