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Final

N Colorado 46

(20-11, 11-5 Big Sky)

Idaho State 49

(24-7, 14-2 Big Sky)

    7:00 PM ET, March 10, 2012

    Reed Gym, Pocatello, Idaho

    1 2 T
    UNCO 21 2546
    IDST 22 2749

    Top Performers

    Northern Colorado: V. Timm 18 Pts, 6 Reb

    Idaho State: C. Pickering 12 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast

    Idaho State wins Big Sky final despite poor shooting

    Associated Press

    POCATELLO, Idaho -- Northern Colorado couldn't find enough offense to a win a conference championship.

    Chelsea Pickering and Ashleigh Vella scored 12 points each as Idaho State fought through shooting struggles to beat Northern Colorado 49-46 in the Big Sky Conference championship game on Saturday.

    "I thought we did some great things defensively," Northern Colorado coach Jaime White said. "I thought we really did a good job and at the end, it really could have gone either way."

    Idaho State (24-7) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and won the Big Sky tournament for the third time, first since 2007.

    Victoria Team led Northern Colorado (20-11) with 18 points, but Idaho State managed to hold standout Bears guard D'Shara Strange to six points on 2-of-15 shooting.

    Vella made a layup with 2:00 left to give the Bengals a 45-43 lead. Neither team scored again until Pickering hit a couple of free throws with 21 seconds left to put Idaho State up by four.

    Victoria Timm's 3-pointer for the Bears with 13 seconds left cut the lead to one, but Kaela Oakes got free for a layup to seal the win for Idaho State.

    Northern Colorado went on a 11-1 run during the final 7:12 of the first half to cut the Bengals' lead to 22-21 at intermission.

    Northern Colorado held the Bengals to one field goal and four points during the first 7:35 of the second half, and the Bears built up a six-point lead.

    Idaho State's Kara Jenkins hit a 3-pointer with 12:25 in the second half and the Bengals outscored Northern Colorado 23-14 for the remainder of the game.

    Timm, clearly disappointed with Saturday's loss, showed a spark of excitement when talking about the Women's NIT berth the Bears will receive.

    "It's a great opportunity," she said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UNCO
    IDST
    Points 46 49
    FG Made-Attempted 14-49 (.286) 15-37 (.405)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-15 (.400) 5-12 (.417)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-17 (.706) 14-22 (.636)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 11

    Game Leaders

     
    UNCO
    IDST
    PointsV. Timm 18C. Pickering 12
    ReboundsD. Strange 7C. Horton 9
    AssistsD. Strange 3C. Pickering 2
    StealsD. Strange 4C. Horton 2

    2011-12 Season

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    Jan 2, 2012 @IDST 57, UNCO 52Recap | Box Score
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