Bears fall on the road and at home
Northern Colorado’s women’s basketball team appeared flat in their 57-51 loss to Eastern Washington saturday afternoon.
The Bears continue to sit tied for first place as North Dakota also lost saturday evening.
Eastern Washington made clutch shots throughout the game including a half court buzzer beater to keep the Bears out of reach.
The combination of strong shooting from Eastern Washington and offensive struggles led to a 10 point Eagles’ lead at the first quarter media timeout. EWU’s lead grew to as many as 12, before UNC’s offense finally started clicking.
“I am disappointed in the fact that we didn’t have the most energy on the court today,” head coach Kamie Ethridge said. “We have lost a little bit of our momentum and lost a little bit of our grit and focus in how we have to play to be successful. We are not talented enough to come on the road and play anyone in this league and not be the hardest working team.”
Each team had a player finish with 22 points, and each player proved to be big for their team Saturday afternoon. For Northern Colorado, junior guard Savannah Scott scored the team’s first nine points of the game and went on to miss just one shot in the game going 8-of-9 from the field including a career-high five treys. Meanwhile, Delany Hodgins came up big for Eastern Washington with 22 points of her own. Twelve of those 22 points came during the games’ biggest moments as she hit four big threes for the Eagles helping to lead them to the victory over the Bears.
UNC’s Courtney Smith finished with 18 points, four assists and five blocks. UNC’s red-shirt sophomore Savannah Smith did not have the same output, as she finished 3-of-13, only making 1-of-6 from beyond the arc.
UNC returns home next week for its final homestand of the season. They begin by hosting Weber State on Thursday at 7 p.m. UNC defeated the Wildcats in Ogden earlier this season 88-79.
Northern Colorado’s Men’s basketball (8-16, 4-9 Big Sky) dropped its third straight game on Saturday afternoon to Eastern Washington (17-9, 9-4 Big Sky) 70-44.
Senior forward, Jon’te Dotson knocked down a corner three less than a minute into the game to give UNC’s only lead for the afternoon at 3-0.
After a quick jumper from junior guard, DJ Miles, the Bears went close to seven minutes without a field goal.
Northern Colorado was held to 44 points on just 28 percent shooting for the game. Both the points and the field goal percentage were season-lows for the Bears.
Northern Colorado will go out on its final road trip of the season, venturing to Weber State (Feb. 16) and Idaho State (Feb. 18) before ending the year with three straight home contests.
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