Lockridge's career-high paces Bears past Eagles
CHENEY – Sophomore forward Kim Lockridge put on a shooting clinic on Saturday afternoon at Eastern Washington as the Northern Colorado women's basketball team won its third-straight over the Eagles, this time with a wire-to-wire 56-53 victory.
Lockridge scored a career-best 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field (.769) and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line to lead all players.
Junior forward Lauren Oosdyke recorded her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She also had a career-best seven assists as the Bears had 19 assists on 22 made baskets.
Sophomore guard D'shara Strange notched her third-straight game in double figures in rebounds, leading all players with 13. She also had a team-best three steals and added four assists.
Senior forward Kaisha Brown blocked the only shot in the game for the Bears, had three assists, two steals, four rebounds and eight points. The sharp-shooter added two three-pointers to move her within two of tying the Northern Colorado career record of 177 held by Courtney Stoermer.
In addition to moving the ball extremely well on offense, the Bears crashed the boards hard, out-rebounding the Eagles 42-25. The +17 rebounding margin is the most for the Bears in a Big Sky game since they had +18 in both games last year against Sacramento State and is the third-highest margin in a league contest since the Bears joined the Big Sky in 2006-07.
The Northern Colorado starters scored 52 of the team's 56 points as only freshman center Stephanie Lee made a basket, scoring all four.
Oosdyke opened the scoring with a three-pointer and the Bears never trailed in winning in Cheney for the fourth time in six tries. A layup by Lee with 5:45 remaining in the first half gave the Bears their biggest lead at 12, 20-8 but the Eagles continued to chip away and actually knotted the contest at 49-49 with 5:40 to play in the second half. Sophomores Strange and Lockridge scored the next six points in the game and the Bears won 56-53.
Guard Chene Cooper led the Eagles with 15 points, while forward Brianne Ryan had 12 points and six rebounds, five on the offensive end of the floor and both players had three assists to lead EWU. Cooper also led the game with four steals as the Eagles swiped the ball 16 times from the Bears.
Almost half of Eastern Washington's points came on second attempts as the Eagles scored 20 second-chance points. The Eagles also had 22 points off Northern Colorado's 24 turnovers.
The Bears return home to host Montana on Thursday and Montana State on Saturday. The Lady Griz are 3-1 in Big Sky action, while the Bobcats are 3-2 and tied with the Bears.