Women's Basketball Heads To California
Dec. 28, 2007
Northern Colorado (5-6) at
Friday, Dec. 28 •
Sunday, Dec. 30 •
The Series........................... SJS....................... SMC
Overall Record..................... 0-0........................ 0-0
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Last Meeting........................ NA....................... NA
St. Mary's.............................. Paul Thomas (20-22, second year)
KFKA 1310 AM.............. J.J. McKay, play-by-play
Northern Colorado closes out the 2007 calendar year with a pair of non-conference tilts in
Head Coach Jaime White luckily missed just two games during her medical leave of absence. She returned to the bench in a limited role at
With the win over
On These Dates
Those close to the 2007-08 team knew the incoming freshmen class was going to make an immediate impact upon the team. The four who have played in the majority of the games this season (Kate Kevorken, Courtney Stoermer, Lara Merritt and Paige Ricker) are making up 39 percent of the team's scoring, 35 percent of the rebounding, 32 percent of the assists and 33 percent of the steals. If you add in the two junior college transfers in Jamie Schroeder and Lizzie Cooper those numbers increase to 54 of scoring, 54 of rebounding, 50 of assists and 63 of steals.
A Quick Look Back
For the first time this season, the Bears lost two games in a row, falling at 24th-ranked
Several Bears are closing in on career or season milestones. Senior center Danielle Hagen needs just eight points to score the 700th of her career and needs four blocked shots for 50. Sophomore guard Chelsie Luhring is now just four points shy of 50 for her career at
Home Sweet Home
Freshman guard Kate Kevorken really likes playing in Butler-Hancock. Four of her six double figure scoring games have come at home this year and she leads the active team with 12.5 points per game, shooting .406 from the field and .362 from beyond the arc as well as being third on the team with 5.5 rebounds per game during the six home contests. In games away from B-H she is averaging 8.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game and shooting .342 from the field and .286 from the three-point line in five games.
Down On The Block
Senior center Danielle Hagen continues to rebound the ball extremely well.
The secret to success for
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.
Take Two, They're Free
In 10 of 11 games this year,
Protecting The Hoop
Along with the 5-6 record, the Bears have put together a solid defensive effort. They have held seven of the 11 opponents below 30 percent shooting from the three-point line and seven of 11 below 41 percent from the field, including two below 30 percent. The Bears have also forced double figure turnovers nine times.
Leading The Way - Team Wise
Through games played on Dec. 24,
Leading The Way - Individually
In the individual Big Sky Conference statistics, senior center Danielle Hagen ranks second in the league in rebounds (9.8), offensive rebounds (3.0) and defensive rebounds (6.8). Freshman Kate Kevorken ranks fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.27), while fellow freshman Courtney Stoermer is sixth in three-point field-goal percentage (.429) and third in minutes played (35.18).
Wire To Wire
Northern Colorado led the game from the opening tip to the closing buzzer against both
On The Horizon
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,
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,
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,
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 Spartans
Natalie White leads the team in both scoring and rebounding with per game averages of 15.8 and 6.8, respectively. Brittany Powell is second in both categories averaging 7.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Brittany Imaku leads the way with 52 assists and 19 steals through the first 12 games, while Powell has 13 blocked shots.
SJSU is averaging 59.9 points, 39.5 rebounds and 4.3 three-pointers per game, while shooting.374 from the field, .283 from the three-point line and .592 from the free throw line. Opponents are averaging 71.1 points, 41.2 rebounds and 5.3 triples a game. They are also shooting .424 from the field, .364 from beyond the arc and .635 from the charity stripe.
Scouting The Gaels
St. Mary's is 6-8 on the year, but has lost six of its last seven contests, playing a very tough schedule. The Gaels defeated Pacific 82-68 earlier this season, while the Bears defeated the Tigers 67-58.
Jontelle Smith leads the team with 16.4 points per game, while Louella Tomlinson is averaging 12.6 points and 5.3 rebounds for second in both categories. Lauren Shaughnessy leads with 5.6 rebounds per contest and has a team-best 42 assists and 30 steals. Tomlinson also leads the way with 68 blocked shots on the year.
St. Mary's is averaging 71.5 points, 40.8 rebounds and 6.6 three-pointers per game, while shooting .389 from the floor, .361 from the three-point line and .659 from the free throw line. The opposition is averaging 78.1 points, 46.4 rebounds and 5.6 three-pointers per game, while shooting .421 from the field, .389 from the arc and .653 from the free throw line.
A Glimpse Into The Future
The Bears begin Big Sky Conference play at