Northern Colorado Drops 62-42 Championship Tilt With Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
The Bears struggled in the first 20 minutes of action, while the Islanders took full advantage of the Bears off-play and grabbed a 39-18 halftime lead. Through the first 16 minutes of game action the Bears had tallied as many turnovers (12) as points (12) and had only one assist.
The Islanders shot 46.7 percent (14-of-3) in the first half, including 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from three-point range. On the other hand,
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi surged to a 28-point advantage at 48-20 with to go in the game. At that point, the Bears seemed to come alive and went on a 17-1 run to trim the lead to 12 points at 49-37. The Bears' comeback was ignited by five quick points from sophomore guard Bailey Dillon. Dillon drained two free throws and swished a deep three during the run. Junior Cindy McCarroll capped the run with a three-pointer from the top of the key with remaining in the contest.
The Islanders Nicole Duncan answered the Bears' run with a dagger of a three-pointer with 8:17 to go in the game and gave the No. 1 seed a 52-37 lead with 8:17 left in the game.
"We had a great season after we started 3-13", Flavin said after the contest. "I think everybody played their hearts out tonight. I don't think there was one person who was slacking - sometimes you just miss shots but I don't think any of us have any regrets. Every team faces challenges, but I think our team is different. I think we are all each other's best friends. We are one of the closest teams anywhere and that helped us this season."
NOTES: This was the third all-time meeting between the Bears and Islanders on the hardwood with Texas A&M-CC holding a 2-0 series lead ... The Islanders posted a 62-38 win on Jan. 31, 2004 and a 60-46 win on Feb. 12, 2005, in Greeley earlier this season ... senior guard Kayla Flavin closed out her UNC career on Saturday night with a team-high nine points ... Flavin finished 8th on the Bears' all-time three-pointers made list with 90 career treys.