UNC Women's Basketball Weekly Release
Dec. 10, 2002
Northern Colorado Bears (4-2) vs. Colorado Christian Cougars (4-2)
Game 7 * Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Butler-Hancock Hall (4,500)
Greeley, Colo. * 7:30 p.m. MT
About UNC: The University of Northern Colorado Bears, fresh off a 70-49 victory over Metro State last Saturday night, return to Butler-Hancock Hall to host Colorado Christian this Wednesday night. The Bears will look to enact a little revenge on the Cougars, as CCU handed UNC its first loss of the season at the Colorado Christian Classic over Thanksgiving weekend, 56-52. The win was the first ever for CCU over the Bears in the all-time series between the two schools.
Before that loss, UNC had started the season 3-0.
Last week the Bears got a three-point shooting clinic from senior Lindy Kirkland who hit 15 total three-pointers in two combined games. Kirkland nailed seven trifectas against 13th ranked Mesa State on Thursday to tie the school record and set a career scoring high of 23 points. Two nights later, Kirkland did one-better going for a career-high 24 points by connecting on a school record eight three-pointers in a 70-49 win over Metro State.
With the scoring output, Kirkland vaulted up the UNC career three-pointers made list, moving from ninth place to seventh place (76 made). She also increased her scoring average to 12.3, the only other Bear besides senior Missy Borell in double figures per game.
After playing CCU this week, the Bears have almost a week off before traveling to Gunnison to battle Western State on Dec. 17. UNC then returns home for a Dec. 19 home-date with Regis, the last home contest before the new year. UNC closes out 2002 with two games at the Southern Colorado Corporate Classic on December 27-28.
About the Opposition
The Series: UNC holds a 3-1 all-time advantage over Colorado Christian.
The Last Time We Met...: Colorado Christian defeated UNC for the first-time in school history, winning 56-52 on November 30 at the Colorado Christian Classic in Lakewood. The first half was a back-and-forth battle as neither team could garner much of a lead. The Cougars led 29-27 at the break after UNC senior Missy Borell hit a jumper to close the first half action. UNC started the second half slow which would be costly. CCU went on a 14-2 run and opened up a 13-point lead with just under 14 minutes to play in the game. UNC was able to go on a run of their own and cut the lead to one on another jumper by Borell, this time at the 6:33 mark. But that would be as close as the Bears would get an a three-pointer by the Cougars' Candida Reyes with 2:31 remaining put CCU up by six, and closed the game. Borell, who was named to the All-Tournament team for her two-day performance, led UNC with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Amber Elliott added 12 points and nine rebounds.
About Colorado Christian: After dropping its first two games of the season (to Western Washington and Seattle Pacific), the Cougars have rolled off four wins in a row. After besting UNC on Thanksgiving, CCU posted victories over Barry University and College of St. Mary.
The Cougars are being led in scoring by Reyes, who is averaging 12.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest. She also leads the team with 11 made three-pointers this season.
From the field, the Cougars are struggling, having only connected on 33.3% of their field goal attempts in six games, while opponents are scorching the nets for almost 48% per game.
Bombs Away: Senior Lindy Kirkland put up impressive three-point shooting numbers in two games last week. Kirkland connected on 7-13 three-pointers against #13 ranked Mesa State on Dec. 5, tying the school record for three-pointers in a game and setting her career scoring high with 23 points. Two nights later against Metro State, Kirkland did one better, knocking down eight three-pointers to break the school record on her way to a second-straight career scoring high of 24 points. The eight three's broke the previous record shared by Denise Nehme, Jenny Gallagher, Diane Dittburner, Jeanna Stewart and Kirkland.
Assists-A-Plenty: In her first year as a collegiate point guard, senior Kristi Held is performing well, leading the UNC team with 35 assists (5.83 per game), which also leads the North Central Conference. Held recorded a career-high 12 assists in UNC's 66-60 loss to 13th ranked Mesa State on December 5.
Borell Threatens School Scoring Record: Missy Borell will make school history sometime this season when she becomes the program's all-time leading scorer. Borell currently has 1,439 points through six games, only 151 points away from claiming the all-time mark.
More on Borell: Borell has scored in double figure points in 24 straight games dating back to last season. She has recorded 20-plus points in a game 28 times in her career at UNC. She has also recorded 25 double-doubles in her career.
Conference Leaders: Kristi Held leads the NCC in assists (5.83), Jill Fadenrecht leads the conference in blocks (2.50) and Lindy Kirkland shares the NCC lead in three-pointers made per game (3.67). As a team, UNC is tops in scoring defense (49.0), FG% defense (.792), rebounding margin (+10.7) and blocked shots (5.83).
Bears Nearly Set Defensive Record: UNC allowed Colorado-Colorado Springs to score only 29 points when the two teams met on Nov. 26. The 29 points were the second fewest ever scored by a UNC opponent, only trailing the 25 points the Bears allowed to Metro State during the 1982-83 season.
Block Party: Senior Jill Fadenrecht re-wrote the Bears record book for blocked shots a season ago. Fadenrecht set the UNC record for blocks in a game (12), season (79) and career (155 and counting this season). Fadenrecht also chipped in with the first triple-double in UNC women's basketball history against Adams State on December 18 of last season. Fadenrecht scored 11 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked 12 shots in the 78-52 Bears victory.
Consistency in the Lineup: Seniors Missy Borell and Jill Fadenrecht have been staples in the UNC lineup the past three seasons. Borell has started 62 consecutive games while Fadenrecht has started 76 consecutive games and needs only nine more consecutive starts to own the school record in that category outright. She would break the record on January 11 when the Bears host South Dakota at Butler-Hancock Hall.
All-Tournament Team: After averaging 21.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in the two games at the Colorado Christian Classic, senior Missy Borell was named to the CCU Classic All-Tournament team.
A Great Beginning: Senior center Missy Borell started her senior season in style against Adams State on November 23, as Borell posted 26 points and 11 rebounds, her 19th straight double-figure scoring output dating back to last season. Borell also had five steals, three blocked shots and three assists in the victory for the Bears.
Bears on the Radio: The plans for broadcasting UNC games on the radio and via the internet have almost been completed. KFKA plans to broadcast all UNC women's basketball games (home and away) starting with the beginning of the North Central Conference season in January. The feed will also be available through UNCBears.com via the Real Player monthly subscription option.
Online Season Diary: Get all the behind-the-scenes information and commentary about this year's team from UNC senior center Missy Borell by logging onto UNCBears.com. Missy will be sharing his thoughts on the season every couple of weeks throughout the year.
Bears Picked Fifth in NCC Preseason Coaches Poll: In a vote of league coaches, the Northern Colorado Bears were picked up finish fifth in the North Central Conference this season. Last season, UNC finished with a 14-13 overall record and 10-8 mark in the NCC which tied them for fourth place in the first season under head coach Ron Vlasin. The Bears return three starters from that team, including NCC first-team selection Missy Borell and NCC Defensive Player of the Year Jill Fadenrecht. The North Dakota Fighting Sioux were picked to repeat as champions in 2002-03, receiving seven of nine first-place votes. They were followed by South Dakota State, South Dakota and North Dakota State before getting to UNC in fifth place. Augustana, St. Cloud State, Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota State round out the poll.