November 22, 2006

Women's Basketball to Matchup With Illinois On Wednesday

Nov. 22, 2006

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BEARS SET FOR REMATCH WITH ILLINOIS
• The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team will take on the Big Ten's Illinois at 6 p.m. mountain time on Wednesday in what will be a rematch of last season's 65-55 Bears win. Heather Barbour had 13 points in the upset, and the Bears drained an immaculate 15 3-pointers. Illinois shot just 34.5 percent for the game.

LAST TIME OUT
• Senior forward Heather Barbour scored in doubles figures for the fourth consecutive game, scoring a team-high 12 points in Northern Colorado's 71-43 over Lamar at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion on Monday.

• Freshman forward Tina Fox broke out for her first career double-double, scoring 11 points on 5-of-9 from the floor and pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds.

• First-year head coach Jaime White picked up her first win with the Bears. Northern Colorado drained a season-high 10 3-pointers on the night and held the Cardinals to under 30 percent shooting.

• The Bears outrebounded their opponent for the third time this season, holding a 46-33 advantage on the boards over Lamar.

• Northern Colorado had more assists than its opponent for the first time this season, dishing out a season-high 15 assists compared to Lamar's seven. Redshirt junior guard Kendra Lambrecht notched four assists in addition to her nine points on 3-of-6 from 3-point land. Senior guard Bailey Dillon also racked up four assists.

HAGEN MOST LIKELY OUT FOR SEASON
• Senior center Danielle Hagen will most likely miss the 2006-07 season due to a blood clot discovered in her lungs in the offseason. It will be a big blow to the Bears because of the strong inside presence she brought to the team. Hagen led the Bears in rebounds last season with 6.2 per game. She was on pace to break the all-time record for consecutive starts with 98, which is held by Jill Fadenrecht. Hagen has started all 83 games of her career.

LAMBRECHT RETURNS TO THE COURT
• Senior guard Kendra Lambrecht returned to the court against Regis on Nov. 3 for her first game action since playing in six minutes against Air Force in last season's first regular season game. Lambrecht sat out last season with a knee injury. In 2004-05, she was the team's third-leading scorer with 6.8 points per game.

BEARS PICKED TO FINISH 7TH IN BIG SKY
• Both the media and coaches chose the Bears to finish seventh in the Big Sky Conference this season. Northern Colorado defeated its lone Big Sky opponent last season, Weber State, 65-51, at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. WSU made all the way to the Big Sky Conference Tournament final against champion Northern Arizona.

FOSDICK, BARBOUR LOOK TO MOVE UP ON BEARS CAREER 3-POINTER LIST
• Senior guard Jena Fosdick and senior foward Heather Barbour are both in the Northern Colorado top 10 for career 3-pointers made. Fosdick is currently fourth with 121 and needs 53 treys to become the all-time leader. Barbour is in seventh place with 95 career trifectas.

FOUR LETTERS SAY IT ALL ... WNIT
• The Bears are in their final season of transition to Division I. They are playing their first full Big Sky Conference schedule, but are ineligible to win either the conference championship or compete in the NCAA Tournament. That doesn't mean the postseason is out of sight. The goal for this team is to play hard and earn an invitation to the WNIT at the end of the season.

GUESS WHO'S BACK
• The Bears return 10 players from a team that went 13-15 last season and had upset wins over the Big Ten's Illinois, the Big East's Marquette and the WAC's Nevada.

• At the head of the returnees is senior forward Heather Barbour, who averaged 11.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game last season en route to an All-Division I Independent honorable mention.

• Also returning are senior guard Jena Fosdick (7.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.2 apg), sophomore guard Whitley Cox (4.8 ppg, 14 starts), sophomore forward Alisa Christopherson (2.5 ppg, 36 percent 3FG), senior guard Bailey Dillon (3.4 ppg), senior guard/forward Melanie Drangmeister, senior center Nicole Ford, senior guard Kendra Lambrecht, junior guard Amy Martinson, and junior center Dani Veal.

BEARS ADD FIVE TO 2006-07 SQUAD
• Five newcomers join the Bears in 2006-07, with one sitting out as a redshirt due to NCAA transfer rules. Chelsie Luhring, a 5-10 guard who transferred from Drake University, will practice with the Bears this season. She saw playing time with a team that went 17-12 last season and made it to the WNIT.

• Luhring is joined by freshmen Achlee Edwards (Aurora, Colo.), Tina Fox (North Platte, Neb.), Sara Hemmings (Greeley, Colo.) and Kaley Hoover (Emory, Texas).

WHITE ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF FIVE FOR 2007-08 TEAM
• Head coach Jaime White announced the signing of five student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent for the 2007-08 season on Thursday, Nov. 9.

• Kate Kevorken, a 6-0 guard from Thousand Oaks, Calif., averaged 18.2 points, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game last season at Thousand Oaks High School.

• Both Lara Merritt and Jaime Schroeder hail from Wyoming. Merritt, a 6-1 post player, from Cheyenne, averaged 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game last season at Cheyenne High School. Schroeder, a 5-9 guard from Douglas, will come to the Bears from Colby Community College in Kansas. She averaged 11.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game at Colby.

• Courtney Stoermer, a 5-10 guard from Coralville, Iowa, averaged 14.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 3.5 per game last season at Iowa City West High School. She was also a 2006 first team all-state soccer selection.

• Cayla Maneotis, a 6-5 post player from Craig, Colo., 10.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and led the state with 3.5 blocks per game last season at Moffat County High School.

ON DECK
• Northern Colorado will return home to Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion on Sunday for a marquee matchup with the Big East's Louisville. The Cardinals defeated a very tough Bears team last year, 69-57, at Freedom Hall. Northern Colorado was led by Bailey Dillon's career-high 16 points.