Women's basketball flies past Falcons
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Northern Colorado women's basketball team seems to be finding its groove as they won its third-consecutive game with a 71-51 victory at Air Force on Friday afternoon to move to 3-2 on the young season.
"I thought we did a good job of coming out ready to play," said Head Coach Jaime White. "We knew there was going to be that pressure (defense) and it was going to be a lot of pressure the whole game. We played solid in the first half and it's hard to keep it up when you have that kind of lead in the second half with a young team."
Part of the reason might be the scoring of junior forward Lauren Oosdyke. She's led the Bears in the scoring column in each win, and in the last four games, totaling 14 with five steals in a post-Thanksgiving Day win.
Joining Oosdyke in double figures in points was senior forward Kaisha Brown with 12. Brown made two three-pointers and made both free throws, extending her consecutive made streak to 16.
Senior guard Amy Marin had career-best totals in both scoring and assists with eight and four, respectively. She also had two steals, matching her season total of nine from a season ago.
"Amy had four assists," said White. "She was solid with the ball and quick enough to get out of the press mosh-pit out there."
Also scoring a career-best was Stephanie Lee with nine points on a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and she made 3-of-5 free throws. The true freshman also doubled her previous high with six rebounds.
Junior college transfer Hannah Thornton got her first time on the floor, playing two minutes with one rebound. The Bears played all 13 who traveled and shot .491 from the field and .500 from the three-point line. The team also tied its season-high with 43 rebounds and notched double figures in steals for the third time in five games with 12.
"I thought what we did well was we stuck to the game plan," said White. "We changed defenses three times and I thought they converted (from one defense to the other) when we had to and I thought we did a good job with press breaks."
Air Force scored the first two points of the game via free throws and the Bears tied it on a layup by Oosdyke. It was the only lead for the Falcons in the game and also the only tie as the Bears went on a 17-0 run to break open the 17-2 advantage at the 13:15 mark and the Falcons were never able to close within single digits the rest of the contest.
The Bears host UC Santa Barbara on Sunday at 2 pm at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. The Gauchos defeated the Bears last season in the two teams only previous meeting.