December 17, 2005

Women's Basketball Clashes With Colorado State On Sunday

Dec. 17, 2005

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Game #11 * Northern Colorado (4-6) at Colorado State (4-3)
Sunday, Dec. 18 * 2 p.m. MT * Fort Collins, Colo. * Moby Arena (8,745)

GAME INFORMATION: The Bears will hop northwest to Fort Collins on Sunday to take on in-state rival Colorado State. Northern Colorado fell to the Rams last season 69-59. CSU has won the last 13 meetings.

SERIES OUTLOOK: The Rams lead the all-time series 15-8.

THE COACHES: Northern Colorado head coach Ron Vlasin is 58-62 in his fifth season. At the high school level, Vlasin won nine state championships in Colorado.

Colorado State head coach Jen Warden is 4-3 in her first season and 33-62 overall in three years as a college head coach.

RADIO: The game will be broadcast at 2 p.m. mountain time on the Bears Radio Network (flagship station - 1310-AM KFKA in Greeley) with Chris Ott on play-by-play. The game starts with a 15 minute pre-game show.

INTERNET: Log on to UNCBears.com stats, player profiles, game recaps and radio play-by-play.

TICKETS: Call (970) 491-RAMS for tickets to the game.

THE BEAR FACTS

The Bears took the Big East's Louisville Cardinals down to the wire on Thursday night before they fell 66-57 in Louisville, Ky.

Northern Colorado endured a 13 and a half hour travel adventure the day before due to a bad weather cancellation to the team's connecting flight in Chicago, but it didn't show in the team's hustle.

Junior Bailey Dillon lit up Freedom Hall for a career-high 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Jabrenta Hubbard and Heather Barbour both had 10 points.

The Bears shocked the Cardinals in the opening minutes by going on a 6-0 run. But Louisville came back to make the score 7-6. The Cardinals went up by as many as five, but the Bears clawed back and took a 30-25 lead with 3:39 left in the half. A buzzer beater 3-pointer by Louisville gave it a 33-30 lead at the half.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 10 point lead in the first five minutes of the second half, but the Bears fought right back, tying the score at 46 with 10 minutes left to play. But the inside play of All-American candidate Jazz Covington proved to be too much for the Bears, as she racked up 15 points and 12 rebounds that was a factor in Louisville's win.

GAME NOTES

LAST SEASON'S MEETING The Bears fell 69-59 to the Rams last season in Greeley. Northern Colorado put up 48 3-pointers, while making 15. Cindy McCarroll, Molly McGrath, and Kendra Lambrecht each drained three trifectas. Colorado State's Vanessa Espinoza scored 24 points and went 6-of-8 from 3-point land.

LAST TIME THE BEARS BEAT CSU Northern Colorado has not beat Colorado State since a 60-54 decision on Jan. 19, 1978 in Greeley. The Rams currently have a 13-game winning streak over the Bears.

AGAINST THE MOUNTAIN WEST The Bears are 32-65 since 1974-75 against teams from the Mountain West. Northern Colorado went 0-6 against MWC teams last season. The Bears have lost to MWC teams Air Force and Wyoming this season. Both teams have combined records of 13-3.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH Northern Colorado is 161-91 (.757) all-time against teams from Colorado.

INSIDE AND OUT The glaring statistics in Northern Colorado's losses this season are 3-pointers and rebounds. The Bears are shooting .239 from 3-point range and are being outrebounded by an average of 42-31.

FOUR-GAME SKID The Bears are currently on a four-game losing streak. Three of the four losses have come at the hands of Gonzaga, Wyoming and UTEP by an average margin of loss of 24.3 points. The 66-57 loss to Louisville was Northern Colorado's closest game in that stretch.

BREAKING OUT OF THE FUNK The last time Northern Colorado was on a four-game losing streak was right before it started its 9-3 run in its last 12 games en route to a runner-up finish at the Division I Indepedent Tournament last season.

TREYS LEAD THE WAY In three of four of Northern Colorado's wins this season, the Bears have at least 11 3-pointers.

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.

FRESH FIRST SEASON Freshman Jabrenta Hubbard is leading the team in points (12.5/game), steals (19), assists (23) and field goals made (46). The guard from Las Vegas has started every game this season and has scored in double-figures in all but three games.

THE GREAT EQUALIZER The Bears have drained 80 3-pointers this season compared with their opponents, who have 51. Junior Jena Fosdick leads the team with 18 3-pointers.

SEASON NOTES

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.

3-POINT EXCELLENCE Junior Jena Fosdick's total of five 3-pointers against Nevada and Gonzaga moved her up to eighth place on the Northern Colorado all-time 3-pointers made list with 94. Fosdick passed last year's leading scorer, Kayla Flavin, who had 92 career 3-pointers.

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 when the 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.

WHACKING THE WAC The Bears will hope to continue their success against Western Athletic Conference teams, as they went 2-0 last season against UTEP and Utah State. Northern Colorado is 1-1 against the WAC this season with a win over Nevada and a loss to Boise State. Northern Colorado's 68-52 victory over Nevada was its largest margin of victory ever over a WAC opponent.

HOT STREAK The Bears went 9-3 in their last 12 games last season after starting out 3-13. At the end of that stretch, Northern Colorado went 2-1 at the Division I Indepedent tournament in Orem, Utah, and finished as the runner up.

BEARS WIN EXHIBITION The Bears took down Colorado Mines 63-56 in an exhibition on Nov. 8. Although Northern Colorado shot just 24 percent in the first half, it rebounded in the second half to shoot 41 percent. The Bears played stellar defense, forcing 28 turnovers.

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.