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Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

Hornets pose no problems for UNC DAVID WILSON sports@uncmirror.com

The UNC women’s basketball team saw 11 Bears score and all five starters reach double-figures in points as the University of Northern Colorado disposed of Sacramento State, 91-59, Thursday night at ButlerHancock Sports Pavilion. The 91 points are the most the team has ever scored in a Big Sky game. The Bears (9-9, 4-1) were never tested. They jumped out to an 18-8 advantage within the first five minutes of the half, sparked by three early steals, one of them by senior guard Courtney Stoermer, making her the all-time leader in steals at UNC with 190. “I pride myself on my defense, and to get that record means a lot to me,” Stoermer said. “I never imagined breaking

any records when I came here. I just wanted to play and win games.” Stoermer also contributed on the offensive side of the floor, finishing with 13 points on 4for-6 shooting from the field, to go with five assists. Her effort on both sides of the floor during her four years has not gone unnoticed by UNC head coach Jaime White. “Courtney has been a staple for us,” White said. “She’s the hardest worker on our team and has been for four years.” The Hornets (3-15, 0-5) were held to 26 percent shooting for the game and were out-rebounded by UNC 49-31, which White said was key in the Bears game plan coming into the game. “It was an emphasis; it was something we knew was going to happen because, first off, we knew there was going to be a lot of rebounds by the way they

shoot,” White said. “And second of all, we knew they were going to be long rebounds. Our guards were going to need to step up and get rebounds, and that played into our hands.” The rebounds ignited the Bears’ transition offensively, as UNC finished with 16 assists compared to 15 turnovers and opened up looks for junior guard Kaisha Brown. She finished with a season-high 19 points, shooting 8-for-14, three of which were 3-pointers. “I have to thank my team on that,” Brown said. “They did a really good job of moving the ball. It was just a fun night to play basketball.” The Bears are 8-1 at home this season and are currently riding a three-game winning streak. They will look to take their momentum on the road as they face Weber State at 2:05 p.m. Saturday in Ogden, Utah.

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UNC freshman center Kirsten Hess attempts a free throw in Thursday’s 91-59 victory over Sacramento State at ButlerHancock Sports Pavilion. Hess notched with four points.

Men’s hoops holds on for tight win STAFF REPORT sports@uncmirror.com

The UNC men’s basketball team remained undefeated in Big Sky Conference play Thursday with a 77-72 road victory o v e r Sacramento State. Men’s Basketball T h e University of Northern Colorado (10-7, 6-0) led by as many as 14 points in the second half but survived a comeback attempt by a Hornets team (3-15, 0-7) still searching for its first conference win of the season.

UNC has now won a season best six consecutive games and was led by senior guard Devon Beitzel, who scored a team-high 25 points on 8-for-13 shooting, including three 3-pointers. Beitzel also made all six of his free throw attempts. Sophomore guard Elliott Lloyd was the only other Bear in double-figures, scoring a seasonhigh 18 points to go with four rebounds and three assists. UNC led by 14 with 5:24 remaining in the second half when Sacramento State went on a 19-8 run to close to within three points before Lloyd sank two free throws to seal the win. The Bears, after holding opponents to 8-for-52 shooting

3-pointers in their last t h r e e g a m e s , allowed the Hornets to convert on 10 of their 25 attempts, i n c l u d i n g Elliott Lloyd five from scored a seasons e n i o r high 18 points in g u a r d the win over S u l t a n Sacramento State. Toles-Bey, who finished with 25 points and eight assists in the game. UNC also allowed Hornets sophomore guard John Dickson and junior guard Heath Hoffman to record 18 and 11

points, respectively. Sacramento State held a brief 8-7 lead in the first half, after a 3-pointer from senior forward Duro Bjegovic. It was the only time the Hornets would lead in the game, as Lloyd quickly answered with a 3-pointer of his own to put the Bears on top for good. UNC went into the locker rooms with a 39-30 lead at halftime. A dunk by senior forward Taylor Montgomery, who finished with four points and two rebounds, to start the second half put UNC up by 11. The lead would grow to 14 with just less than 14 minutes left to play before the Hornets fought back

to within seven points. UNC pushed the lead back up to 14 before Sacramento State made their final comeback attempt. Freshman guard Paul Garnica led the Bears’ bench players with nine points. The Bears will be at home for their next game against Weber State at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.

Next Game: Weber State 7:05 p.m. Saturday Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion

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