Bears Use 3-Point Bombs To Buck Broncs, 72-52
Jan. 15, 2006
GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team used the 3-point dagger to down the Texas-Pan American Broncs, 72-52, on Sunday at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.
The Bears (9-8) trailed 30-27 at the half and shot just 4-of-15 from 3-point range in the first half, but they smoked the Broncs (4-13) in the second half, draining nine trifectas.
Junior forward Heather Barbour drained 4-of-6 3-pointers and finished 7-of-10 from the field to tally 20 points. It was the third time this season Barbour went for at least 20. Junior center Danielle Hagen had her best offensive game of this year, racking up a season-high 15 points and six assists. She also notched 10 rebounds, good for her second double-double of the season.
Northern Colorado came out in the first half breathing fire, as they went on a 13-3 run to begin the game. The Bears took a 20-9 lead with 9:48 remaining, but they went on a scoring draught for the next 5:24, allowing the Broncs to go on a 14-2 run that gave them a 23-22 lead.
UTPA went up 28-24 with 1:06 left in the half, but a 3-pointer by junior guard Bailey Dillon helped the Bears to stay within striking distance. However, UTPA's Dominique Montague was able to drain a jumper as time expired to extend the Broncs' advantage. The Bears had trouble finding the bottom of the hoop in the first half, shooting just 28.6 percent. Barbour scored 13 of her final point total in the half.
Freshman Jabrenta Hubbard had a different idea on the way things should transpire, so she did something about it at the beginning of the second half by draining a trey to tie the score at 30. Barbour pick pocketed the UTPA's MoHogany Daniel and tossed the ball ahead to Hubbard, who banked in a fast break lay up to give the Bears a 35-33 lead with 17:05 left to play.
The Broncs were able to keep Northern Colorado's lead under 10, but the Bears put the game out of reach with a 13-2 run that gave them a 65-43 lead with 2:38 remaining. Hagen exploded in the second half, going for 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. The Bears improved their shooting immensely, shooting 50 percent in the second half.
Hubbard finished with 12 points and five rebounds, while UTPA's Devin Reed put up 17 points.
Northern Colorado will take a week off before traveling to Beaumont, Texas, to take on the Lamar Cardinals at 6 p.m. mountain time on Jan. 22. The game will be broadcast on the Bears Radio Network (Flagship Station: 1310-AM KFKA in Greeley) and can be accessed free of charge on UNCBears.com.