Buffs Ride 33 from Bjorklund to Win over Harvard

The No. 16 University of Colorado women's basketball team overcame a first half deficit, which was at one point as large at 16; utilizing a 33-point night from senior center <b>Tera Bjorklund</b> on its way to a come-from-behind 85-81 victory over Harvard in the first round of the Subway Classic Saturday night in Minneapolis.

The Buffs (3-0), who trailed 37-22 with less than eight minutes left in the first half, shot higher than 46% from the field in the second half, including 12-14 from the free throw line, outscored Harvard 42-33 in the game's final 20 minutes.

"We did a lot of things wrong tonight, but they're all correctable," said Bjorklund, who played in her 100th career game Saturday night. "We'll just have to see if we can correct them overnight."

Bjorklund's 33 was just one off her career high (34 against North Carolina last season) and was helped by a 12-14 night from the field and a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line. The performance was not only her third 30+ point effort of her career, but also her third in the last eight games, dating back to last season's Big 12 Tournament. The senior captain also passed Diane Hiemstra for 10th place on CU's all-time scoring chart, and is now tied with Mandy Nightingale (1,386) for ninth place.

"It's fun to be able to play in Minnesota," said Tera after the game, a native of St. Peter, just an hour southwest of Minneapolis. "I have a lot of friends and family here and it's good to be back home."

Senior guard Kate Fagan set a new career high with 23 points after a 7-10 shooting performance from beyond the three-point line. The seven threes tied a school record, set by Annan Wilson against Kansas State on Jan. 18 1989.

Sophomore forward Amber Metoyer also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in the contest, helping to lift the Buffs to a 33-27 board advantage over the Lady Crimson.

Harvard (0-1) saw two players score better than 20 points in the game. Center Reka Cserny had 26 and Hana Peljto 22 for the Crimson, who shot better than 51% from the field on the night.

Colorado has now claimed victories following double-digit deficits in each of its last two games. CU trailed by as many as 12 in their 67-63 overtime win over Notre Dame in the final round of the WBCA Classic in Boulder on Nov. 15. Harvard's lead Saturday night was as large as 15.

Colorado will face No. 13 Minnesota, a 93-41 winner over Southern University in their game Saturday, in Tournament title game. A win Sunday would mark the first time CU has claimed victories in back-to-back nonconference tournaments since the start of the 2000-01 season (Coors Classic and Masry and Vititoe Basketball Classic).

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