March 15, 2006

Three Bears Garner Division I All-Independent Honors

March 15, 2006

GREELEY, Colo. - University of Northern Colorado women's basketball guard Jabrenta Hubbard was named to the 2005-06 All-Division I Independent second team, as well as the All-Newcomer team announced on Wednesday.

Center Danielle Hagen and forward Heather Barbour were also honored, garnering All-Independent honorable mentions.

The team was voted on by head coaches and sports information/media directors from the 10 NCAA Division I independent colleges and universities. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Terra Andrews was named Player of the Year, while Utah Valley State's Robyn Fairbanks was named Newcomer of the Year and South Dakota State head coach Aaron Johnston was Coach of the Year.

Hubbard, a freshman from Las Vegas, led Northern Colorado in scoring with 13.5 points per game in her first season of collegiate action. She scored in double-digits 19 times this season and led the team in scoring, assists (79), steals (54) and field goals made (148). Hubbard scored a career-high 34 points against Utah Valley State on Feb. 11 on 14-of-26 from the field and 4-of-8 from 3-point land. She also had five steals against the Wolverines. Her point total was three off the Northern Colorado record for points in a game.

In the Bears' final game of the season, Hubbard dropped 18 points against national championship contender Maryland. She went 7-of-17 from the field against the Terrapins. Hubbard hit 8-of-19 shots for 23 points against the Mountain West's Colorado State on Dec. 18 and had a career-high six rebounds.

On Feb. 18, Hubbard scored 25 points against TAMUCC on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor. On Feb. 4, she hit a last second lay up to push the Bears past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 63-62. Hubbard also won two Division I Independent Newcomer of the Week awards.

Barbour, junior from Highlands Ranch, Colo., averaged 11.5 points per game this season and shot 42.1 percent from the field. She led the Bears in scoring in seven games and finished with 19 games in which she put up double figures in points. Barbour led the team in 3-pointers with 48 and was an 82.4 percent free throw shooter. She had a career-high 21 points twice this season - first against Cal State-Fullerton on Nov. 20 and again on Dec. 20 against UMKC.

Barbour went 9-of-14 from the floor to lead the Bears to an 88-64 win over CSF. She scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds against Illinois. Barbour averaged four rebounds per game and pulled down 10 boards on two different occasions.

Hagen, a junior from Sidney, Mont., averaged 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this season. She pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds in an 88-64 Northern Colorado win over Cal State-Fullerton on Nov. 20. Hagen scored a season-high 16 points on Feb. 4 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Hagen had her best game of the season against Texas-Pan American on Jan. 15, posting a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. She also dished out six assists in a 72-52 win over the Broncs. Hagen finished second on the team in assists with 66 and led the team in rebounds with 173. Hagen, who is known as a workhorse, has started every game of her career (83) and could break Northern Colorado records next season for consecutive games started and most games started.

Northern Colorado finished 13-15 on the season and picked up wins over three 2005 WNIT teams (Illinois, Marquette and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi). Five of the Bears' opponents in 2005-06 made it to the postseason.

Illinois and Marquette were named to the 2006 WNIT field and could play each other in a second round match up. The Bears hammered Illinois 65-55 on Nov. 23 at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. On Nov. 26, Northern Colorado beat Marquette 57-54 at the Wingate Classic in Bozeman, Mont. The Bears were just one of four teams to beat a Big East and Big Ten team in the regular season this year. Wyoming also made it to the WNIT Tournament, who the Bears fell to 71-47 on Dec. 10 in Laramie, Wyo.

The Bears took Louisville down to the wire before 67-58 falling on Dec. 15 in Louisville, Ky. UL is a No. 9 seed in the Cleveland region in the NCAA Tournament.

Maryland, who was the No. 4 team in the nation when they beat Northern Colorado 89-53 on Feb. 26 in College Park, Md., is the No. 2 seed in Albuquerque region.

The Bears also beat future Big Sky Conference rival Weber State 65-51 on Jan. 4 at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. The Wildcats, who finished 15-15, made it to the Big Sky Tournament final before falling 74-59 to Northern Arizona.

Northern Colorado will join the Big Sky Conference next season and will be eligible for the NCAA Tournament in 2007-08.