Women's Basketball Heads To Wyoming, Hosts UMKC
Dec. 17, 2007
Northern Colorado (5-4) at #24/25
Monday, Dec. 17 •
UMKC (6-5) at
Wednesday, Dec. 18 •
Overall Record.................... 7-15........................ 1-2
At Opponent........................ 3-10........................ 0-2
At Neutral Sites.................... 0-0........................ 0-0
Last Meeting..................... 2006-07.............. 2006-07
UMKC...................... Candace White-Whitaker (13-16, second year)
KFKA 1310 AM.............. J.J. McKay, play-by-play
Pair of Games
Northern Colorado begins the week with a trip to #24
If everything goes according to what's happened the first nine games of the season, the Bears will split the games this week.
Against The Conference
Monday also marks the third game this season against a member of the Mountain West Conference as the Bears defeated
With the win over
Leave of Absence
Head Coach Jaime White announced last Wednesday she will be taking a medical leave of absence for an unspecified amount of time. In her absence, assistant coach Paige Sauer will be handling the head coaching duties. The
Range. That's what the 2007-08 team has in common with the Wild West sharp-shooter. For the second time this year the Bears made 10 or more three-pointers in a game, draining 13 against
A Case Of The Splits
Last week, the Bears split a pair of games, dropping a 56-53 decision to Air Force before rebounding to defeat
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. She also led the squad with 3.8 assists per game and was third on the club with 5.3 rebounds per game.
Transfers Turn It Up
Both junior college transfers Lizzie Cooper and Jamie Schroeder turned it up a notch last week. Cooper had a career-game in her first start for the Bears nailing two three-pointers for six points, grabbed two rebounds, had a career-best five assists, notched a blocked shot and a steal against Columbia. Schroeder posted a double-double against the Lions with a career-best 18 points and had her third straight double figure rebound game with 11. Schroeder is now second on the team averaging 6.1 rebounds per game.
Down On The Block
Senior center Danielle Hagen hit a major milestone over the week, tallying her 600th career rebound and now has 607, which ties her for ninth on the all-time lists at
Let's Play Them All
Freshman guard Courtney Stoermer must have something against the Mountain West Conference as five of her eight blocked shots this season have come against teams from that league. Against Air Force on Wednesday, Stoermer blocked a career-high three shots, bettering her previous high of two from the game against
Take Two, They're Free
In all nine games this year,
Protecting The Hoop
With the 5-4 record, the Bears have put together a solid defensive effort. They have held six of the nine opponents below 30 percent shooting from the three-point line and seven of nine below 41 percent from the field, including two below 30 percent. The Bears have also forced double figure turnovers seven times.
Making The Most
Leading The Way - Team Wise
Through games played on Dec. 11,
Leading The Way - Individually
In the individual Big Sky Conference statistics, senior center Danielle Hagen ranks second in the league in rebounds (10.7) and both offensive (3.11) and defensive rebounds (7.56) and seventh in free throw percentage (.788), while junior Whitley Cox is second in scoring (20.1) and sixth in assists (3.75). Junior Jamie Schroeder ranks ninth in rebounds (6.8). Freshman Courtney Stoermer ranks fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.462), sixth in blocked shots (0.89), seventh in steals (1.67) and ninth in field-goal percentage (.440) while fellow freshman Kate Kevorken is second in three-pointers made (2.56)
Wire To Wire
Northern Colorado led the game from the opening tip to the closing buzzer against both
The Northern Colorado women's basketball team is now eligible to compete in postseason play in 2007 after successfully making the transition to Division I. This year marks the first year the Bears are also eligible to win the Big Sky Conference Championship as well as compete in the Big Sky Tournament.
The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team was chosen by both the Big Sky Conference coaches and media to finish ninth in league play during 2007-08. The Bears received 11 votes in the coaches poll and 34 in the media poll. Montana was picked to win in both the coaches and media preseason polls, while Idaho State is picked to finish second in both polls.
On The Horizon
Northern Colorado continues to inch closer to a large program milestone. The win against Columbia on Saturday marked the 484th win in program history and the team now needs 16 for 500. The Bears are 484-472 all-time.
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, Spirit Lake, Iowa (Spirit Lake HS)
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, Mendota Heights, Minn. (Visitation HS)
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, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic HS)
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 Cowgirls
Wyoming suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of the Colorado Buffaloes, 69-55 in Boulder and faces Texas Woman's University on Saturday before hosting the Bears. The Buffs are the lone team the two have already faced this year with NC dropping a 69-60 decision.
Seniors Hanna Zavecz and Justyna Podziemska lead the Cowgirls with 15.1 and 13.3 points per game, respectively, while sophomore Aubrey Vandiver comes off the bench to lead the team with 6.7 rebounds and is also adding 13.9 points per game. Zavecz also leads the team with 4.6 assists per game, while Rebecca Vanderjagt is getting 1.7 blocks per game.
Scouting The Kangaroos
UMKC enters the game with the Bears sporting a 6-5 record and play at
Chazny Morris leads the Kangaroos in scoring and rebounding with averages of 19.6 and 6.8, respectively. Alysa Klein is also averaging double figures in scoring with 12.1 points per game. Sierra Radke leads with 34 assists, while Klein has a team-best 16 blocks and Taushelle Rushing has 28 steals to lead the club.
UMKC is averaging 66.4 points and 39.9 rebounds per game while shooting .384 from the floor, .248 from the three-point line and .685 from the free throw line. Kangaroo opponents are averaging 66.1 points and 41.1 rebounds per game and shooting .384 from the field, .307 from the arc and .710 from the charity stripe.
A Glimpse Into The Future
The Bears round out the calendar year at San Jose State on Dec. 28 and St. Mary's on Dec. 30. They then begin Big Sky Conference play at