December 28, 2006

Bears To Joust Off Against Knights on Friday

Dec. 28, 2006

Northern Colorado vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Game Notes in PDF Format
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BEARS TO FACE KNIGHTS BEFORE GETTING INTO BIG SKY PLAY
• The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team returns home to take on the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights out of Hackensack, N.J. at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29 at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. The Bears are coming off an 80-55 loss to Wichita State last Tuesday, Dec. 19 in Wichita, Kan. It will be the last non-conference game for Northern Colorado before starting its Big Sky schedule.

• Fairleigh Dickinson defeated the Bears 74-58 last season in Hackensack, N.J. in the next to last game of the year for Northern Colorado. Heather Barbour led the Bears in scoring with 16 points.

LAST TIME OUT
• Northern Colorado fell to 2-9 after falling 80-55 to the Wichita State Shockers of the Missouri Valley Conference. The Shockers scored 42 points in the paint and were paced by Antoinette Wells' 23 points and 10 rebounds. The Bears were held to under 35 percent shooting from the floor and were 6-of-20 from 3-point land.

• The Bears were led by Whitley Cox's career-high 23 points. Cox finished 6-of-16 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the free throw line.

• Senior forward Heather Barbour finished with 15 points, marking the 25th time in the past 28 games she has put up double-figures.

• Northern Colorado was outrebounded 40-26, which was the third time in the past four games that has happened. Senior center Nicole Ford led the Bears with seven rebounds. The Bears have also trailed in turnover margin for four straight games.

• The Bears drained six 3-pointers for the third time in the last four games. • Senior guard/forward Melanie Drangmeister played in a season-high 22 minutes.

• Senior guard Bailey Dillon led Northern Colorado with a game-high three 3-pointers.

SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS
• Fairleigh Dickinson of the Northeast Conference is 3-6 on the season with wins over Central Florida, Lafayette and New Jersey Institute of Technology. The Knights have lost three out of their last four and are coming off a 49-42 loss to St. Bonaventure on Dec. 18. FDU is led in scoring by Christy Altamirano with 12.4 points/game and in rebounding with 7.9 boards/game. Three starters average points in double-figures for the Knights.

• FDU is led by head coach Sandy Gordon, who is 71-132 in her eighth season.

BARBOUR LEADS WITH CONSISTENCY
• Senior forward Heather Barbour not only leads the Bears in scoring with 13.8 points/game, she has also scored in double-figures every game this season. Dating back to last season, she has scored in double-figures 24 out of her last 27 games.

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.

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 start up its conference schedule at 7:05 p.m. on Jan. 4 against Weber State in Ogden, Utah. The Bears defeated the Wildcats 65-51 last season in Greeley.