Shooting woes hurt women's basketball
SANTA CLARA – Things started off good for the Northern Colorado women's basketball team, but turned sour quickly at Santa Clara and the Broncos took advantage for a 71-37 win.
Northern Colorado is still looking for its first three-pointer of the year as the team went 0-for-3 in the opener at Bradley and then was 0-for-8 in Santa Clara on Wednesday. The Bears also shot just .239 from the field for the game, making just four baskets in the second half.
Junior forward Lauren Oosdyke was the only Bear in double figures, scoring 13 off 7-for-9 shooting from the free throw line. Those seven charity stripe shots move her up two spots into seventh all-time past Lou Piel (1976-80, 230 ft) and Jenny Gallagher (1994-97, 231) with 234.
Tied a 4-4, the Bears went on a 9-0 run with buckets by Oosdyke, sophomore guard D'shara Strange and junior guard Victoria Timm but then the lid closed on the basket as Northern Colorado made just two field goals the rest of the half. The Broncos used a 26-2 run to build a 16-point cushion at the half, 39-23.
The shooting woes continued in the second half as the Bears made just four field goals and went without a basket for 16:35. Oosdyke made a layup off an inbounds pass from Timm with 17:49 to go and the Bears made six free throws until the 1:14 mark when Katarina Vidovic scored on a jumper.
"We're continuing to struggle on the boards," said Head Coach Jaime White. "Tonight we were outsized. [Santa Clara] is a very physical team and they have some great shooters. That being said, we need to block out and not let them have open shots."
The Bears did cut down on their turnovers from the first game, but still had 19 and they were out-rebounded 54-32 on the night. Oosdyke, Strange and sophomore center Kirsten Hess each had five boards.
Timm also led with two assists and two steals, while senior Amy Marin came off the bench for two steals and four different players each had one blocked shot.
Ruta Zurauskyte led the Broncos with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Ashley Armstrong scored 15 with two blocks and Alyssa Shoji added 11 behind three three-pointers.
"We need to go back to the drawing board and work on some things," said White. "The constant pressure really hurt us and we have to work on transition. We've got to have good help side rotation and we've got to box out to give us some space to give us some rebounds."
The team has just under 48 hours to look at that drawing board as they play at San Francisco on Friday. Tip-off is set for 7 pm Pacific, 8 pm Mountain.
"We've got to forget about this game and move on," concluded White. "We need to concentrate on rebounds and hit some open shots and we'll be fine."