Women's Basketball Set To Host Pacific
Dec. 2, 2007
Pacific (3-3) at
Sunday, Dec. 2 •
Overall Record..................................... First Meeting
At Neutral Sites.................................................. 0-0
White vs Pacific................................................. 0-0
............................ Jaime White (8-27, second year)
....................... Lynne Roberts (11-24, second year)
KFKA 1310 AM.............. J.J. McKay, play-by-play
Sunday will be the first-ever meeting between the Pacific Tigers and the Northern Colorado Bears. The Tigers enter the game with a 3-2 record, while the Bears are 3-3 after dropping a 69-60 decision at
Evening The Record
On Wednesday, the Bears fell 69-60 at
After her fourth game this season in double figures in rebounds, senior center Danielle Hagen etched her name in the school's career record book. She now has 580 rebounds in her four seasons, moving into 10th place, passing Pam Neeley (1986-90) with 579. With 28 more rebounds,
Protecting The Hoop
With the 3-3 record, the Bears have put together a solid defensive effort. They have held four of the six below 30 percent shooting from the three-point line and five of six below 41 percent from the field, including two below 30 percent. The Bears have also forced double figure turnovers four times.
Making The Most
A Trio Of Games
The game against Pacific starts a three-game homestand for the Bears before a nine day break for final examinations. The three in a row is the second longest stretch of the year for NC as it ends with the final four games of the regular season in Butler-Hancock.
Roaming The Perimeter
Head coach Jaime White liked what she saw on the floor against
A Little Of This, Little Of That
When most people think of junior guard Whitley Cox, they immediately think of her scoring threat, which is true as she is averaging over 30 percent of the team's points this year at 20.3 per game. But Cox is also a great distributor of the ball, averaging three-and-a-half assists per game to lead the team and she is also tied for second on the club with 6.0 rebounds per game. Cox is also tied for the team lead with 10 steals in the early going.
Northern Colorado has had at least one player record a double-double in the four of the six games this season. Junior guard Whitley Cox has notched two; one in the opener against San Francisco with 25 points and 10 rebounds and one at New Mexico State with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Senior center Danielle Hagen tallied 12 points and a career-high 20 rebounds against Colorado State and freshman guard Kate Kevorken had 15 points and 10 rebounds against Southeast Missouri State. Last season there were only six double-doubles recorded in 29 games.
The trio of junior guard Whitley Cox, freshman guard Courtney Stoermer and senior center Danielle Hagen are all averaging at least 34.0 minutes played per game this season. Cox leads the way with 36.2 per contest, while Stoermer is averaging 35.3 and Hagen is averaging 34.5. Two other players, freshman Kate Kevorken and junior forward Jamie Schroeder are also both averaging better than 20 minutes a game with 23.5 and 23.7, respectively. Stoermer has played the entire 40 minutes in two different games this season, while Cox did so against Colorado on Wednesday.
How Sweet It Is
The win against Southeast Missouri State was the first victory for head coach Jaime White away from the friendly confines of Butler-Hancock. Last year, the Bears were 0-13 on the road and started this season 0-2 before the 60-49 win over the Redhawks snapped the streak.
I Know It's Early
It may only be six games into the season, but at their current paces, senior center Danielle Hagen will break the school's single season rebounding record and junior guard Whitley Cox will break the single season scoring record. Hagen is averaging 11.5 rebounds per game, which puts her on pace for 334 and the school record stands at 291 by Susan Rupp from 1978-79. Cox leads the team with 20.3 points per game, which would give her 589 for the year. The current record is 555 by Missy Borell in 2002-03.
Leading The Way - Team Wise
Through games played on Nov. 29, Northern Colorado leads the Big Sky Conference in rebounding offense (43.3) and rebounding margin (+3.7), defensive rebounds (29.17) and three-pointers made (8.00) and is second in scoring defense (63.5).
Leading The Way - Individually
In the individual Big Sky Conference statistics, senior center Danielle Hagen leads the league in rebounds (11.5) and defensive rebounds (8.5) while junior guard Whitley Cox ranks second in scoring (20.3) and minutes played (36.17), freshman Kate Kevorken ranks second in three-pointers made (2.83) and freshman guard Courtney Stoermer is fourth in minutes played (35.33), the most among freshman in the league.
Making Them Count
In all six games this season, Northern Colorado has shot a better free throw percentage than the opposition. The Bears are shooting .696 from the charity stripe, compared to .628 for the opponents. NC has also shot a better percentage from beyond the arc than five of its six opponents and are hitting on .340 for the year, while holding foes to .282.
Crashing The Boards
Senior center Danielle Hagen shattered her career-high in rebounds and ended just two shy of the school record when she brought down 20 against Colorado State. Hagen's previous career high of 16 came against Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 20, 2005. The school record of 22 is held by Beth Lindquist vs. Colorado, 2/21/76 and Susan Rupp vs. Fort Hays State, 12/2/78. Hagen has now been in double figures in rebounds in four of the six games this season.
Wire To Wire
Northern Colorado led the game from the opening tip to the closing buzzer against San Francisco. The Bears scored the first nine points of the game and led by as many as 28 with just under 11 minutes to play in the second half. Last season the Bears never led a contest from the beginning through the end of the game.
On The Horizon
Northern Colorado continues to inch closer to a large program milestone. The win against Southeast Missouri State marked the 482nd win in program history and the team now needs 18 for 500. The Bears are 482-471 all-time.
The Northern Colorado women's basketball team is now eligible to compete in postseason play in 2007 after successfully making the transition to Division I. This year marks the first year the Bears are also eligible to win the Big Sky Conference Championship as well as compete in the Big Sky Tournament.
The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team was chosen by both the Big Sky Conference coaches and media to finish ninth in league play during 2007-08. The Bears received 11 votes in the coaches poll and 34 in the media poll. Montana was picked to win in both the coaches and media preseason polls, while Idaho State is picked to finish second in both polls. Currently, the Bears sit in second place in the standings with the early 2-1 record.
Bears Add Three
Head Coach Jaime White announced the signing of three student-athletes in Kaisha Brown, Courtney Kranz and Lauren Oosdyke.
Kaisha Brown, 5-10, G/F, Spirit Lake, Iowa (Spirit Lake HS)
Brown averaged 14.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game as a junior with four games over 20 or more points in a game. Was a second-team All-Northwest Iowa Girls Basketball selection last year.
Courtney Kranz, 6-3, C,
Kranz is a three-time letterwinner entering her senior season with the Blazers. She is also a two-time all-conference selection and was the only unanimous pick as a junior. She helped lead her team to the conference championship last year and also is a three-time letterwinner in volleyball, where her team was three-time conference champions. She plays club basketball for the NC Heat where they placed third at the AAU Nationals last season.
Lauren Oosdyke, 5-11, F, Coto de Caza,
Was a first-team All-Trinity League selection as a junior after being named a second-team all-conference selection in the Sierra League as a sophomore. She has also been named to several all-tournament teams throughout her career. Averages 10 points and eight rebounds per game to go along with a 58% field goal percentage from the field.
Scouting The Tigers
Pacific is 3-2 on the season after falling to Saint Mary's earlier this week. The teams have no common opponents thus far in the year, but the Tigers play at
Four players are averaging double figures in scoring in Janae Young (13.8), Amy VanHollebeke (12,8), Andrea Swanson (12.6) and Jake Kelly (11.6). Young also leads the club averaging 8.2 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game, while VanHollebeke is getting almost five assists per game.
Pacific is averaging 73.2 points, 45.6 rebounds, 7.2 three pointers, 16.0 assists, 25.0 turnovers, 9.4 steals and 4.0 blocks per game, while shooting .419 from the field, .364 from the three-point line and .655 from the free throw line. Opponents are averaging 68.4 points, 36.4 rebounds, 5.0 three pointers, 12.0 assists, 22.6 turnovers, 12.0 steals and 3.8 blocked shots per game while connecting on .378 from the floor, .305 from the arc and .702 from the charity stripe.
A Glimpse Into The Future
On Wednesday, NC finishes the Colorado Division I stretch, hosting Air Force at 7:00 p.m., then they host Columbia on Dec. 8 before taking a break for final examinations. The Bears return to action on Dec. 17 at Wyoming, host UMKC on the 19th and round out the calendar year at St. Mary's on Dec. 30.