Lady Buffs Host Washington in Non-Conference Clash

The No. 17 University of Colorado women's basketball team will look to build on the momentum it earned following an 81-74 road victory over in-state rival Colorado State last Wednesday when they host Washington Tuesday night at the Coors Events Conference Center in Boulder. Here is a game preview.

The Buffs made 60 percent of their first half shots and scored 40 points on their first 40 possessions in Colorado's first victory over the Rams in Fort Collins since 1999. Senior guard Kate Fagan finished with 17 points, while forward Randie Wirt added 14 and Veronica Johns-Richardson 13 in what was CU's first non-conference game not affiliated with a larger tournament.

"It was good for us to come in here and have this intense of a game," said senior center and team captain Tera Bjorklund, who finished with a game high 28 points and nine rebounds Wednesday. "It was a good win for us."

"(CSU) put us in the position where we had to change our defense," CU head coach Ceal Barry said. "And to our team's credit, they adjusted."

Barry's team has been adjusting to different styles frequently during this young season. They've seen everything from the high-powered outside attack of Minnesota (in what amounted to the Buffaloes only loss of the season in the final round of the Subway Classic in Minneapolis on November 23), to a mirror-image of its own triangle offense against Cal in the championship game of the 17th Annual Coors Classic on November 29.

Ultimately, Barry's team has adjusted just as well as its 6-1 record indicates; helped along by the performance of pre-season All American Bjorklund, who has averaged 21 points and better than six rebounds per game through seven, good enough to lead her team in both categories. Johns-Richardson and Fagan round out CU's double-digit guard play, averaging more than 16 and 14 points per game, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Lady Huskies (5-0) will ride a five-game winning streak and its best start since 1998 into Boulder for the 7 p.m. tip.

Washington, undefeated in its first five games of the year for the first time since 1997, saw Giuliana Mendiola and Cameo Hicks combine to score 51 of Washington's 85 points, leading the Huskies to an 85-74 victory over Notre Dame at Bank of America Arena Sunday. The victory extended the Lady Huskies home winning streak to 17 games dating back to early last season, the fourth-longest in school history.

Colorado leads the all-time series record 4-2, with the last meeting between these two teams in 1995. Colorado has won the last three straight games versus Washington, in 1995 (64-54), 1994 (55-51) and 1993 (76-65).

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