Missoula, Mont. • The third time was not the charm for Southern Utah.
The Thunderbirds twice beat No. 2 Northern Colorado this season, but Wednesday it was the Bears who came away the 67-56 winners in the opening round of the women's Big Sky Conference Tournament in Dahlberg Arena.
Southern Utah (15-16, 9-12 Big Sky) went into the locker room tied, but a 10-0 run in the second half put UNC in control.