Women's basketball stumbles at Colorado State
By HEATHER KENNEDY
FORT COLLINS – The Northern Colorado Women's Basketball team struggled shooting from the floor early in the game and was never quite able to recover at Colorado State on Tuesday evening, losing 56-43 to the Rams.
After shooting just .219 in the first half, the Bears were able to recover slightly shooting .385 in the second half, but weren't able to overcome a 10-point first half deficit.
The Bears (1-1) continue their four-game road stretch at Utah next Tuesday as Head Coach Jaime White takes on a team where she was an assistant for two years from 2001-03.
Sophomore guard D'shara Strange led Northern Colorado in scoring with 15 points and had four steals. Senior guard Victoria Timm led the team in rebounding for the second-straight game with eight boards and senior forward Lauren Oosdyke once again led in assists, this time with three.
Northern Colorado out-rebounded Colorado State, 37-36, but the Rams shot .400 from the floor and .350 from beyond the arc in the win.
Amber Makeever led the Rams with 15 points, while both Meghan Heimstra and Alicia Nichols added 11. Heimstra also led with eight rebounds and LaDeyah Forte had nine assists and three steals.
Sophomore forward Molly Duehn got the scoring started for the Bears with a three-pointer as they took the early 3-2 lead. Strange hit her first triple of the season to knot the game at 6-6 and a layup by Timm gave the Bears the lead back at 8-7.
Colorado State went on a 7-0 run, but Duehn scored the first points in over five minutes after grabbing an offensive rebound for the 10-14 score. The Rams also used a 6-0 run to close out the half to take a 27-17 lead into the locker room.
Oosdyke scored the first two baskets of the second half and junior forward Kim Lockridge made a layup for the third to cut the lead to four, 27-23 forcing the Rams to call a timeout. CSU was able to hit three consecutive three-pointers to take a 13-point lead with just under 12 minutes remaining, 38-25 but the Bears were never able to get the lead under 12 again.