No. 13 CU to Host Wyoming

The No.13 University of Colorado women's basketball team begins a three-game homestand when the Wyoming Cowboys attempt to dethrone the Buffs of a five-game win streak Sunday afternoon at the Coors Events Conference Center in Boulder (2 p.m.). Colorado (8-1) was able to keep that streak alive when they edged out USC to claim a 69-67 decision Dec. 20 in Los Angeles. Here is a preview of today's game.

Senior CU center Tera Bjorklund scored 19 points, freshman guard Emily Waner had 15 off the bench, as Colorado overcame a 12-point halftime deficit in claiming its eighth win of the season, extending its streak which dates back the last week of November, when the Buffs claimed victory in the final game of the 17th Annual Coors Classic in Boulder.

The Buffaloes have been led by Bjorklund in their near-perfect effort this season. The preseason All-American has averaged 22.5 points per game and a lethal 64.5 percent from her position on the low block, all the while maintaining a free throw percentage higher than 75 percent. Bjorklund is also the most utilized member of the Colorado roster, contributing more than 35 minutes a night to head coach Ceal Berry's game plan.

Senior guard Kate Fagan has also contributed more than 15 points a night from her starting point guard position for the Buffs, and is the only other of Berry's starters to average in double figures on the season. Fagan has posted a reputable 46 percent from the field herself, and has missed just one of the 22 free throw attempts she's faced this season.

Colorado's sole defeat came at the hands of Minnesota in the final round of the Subway Classic on Nov. 23 in Minneapolis. The Buffaloes' current five-game streak began in their next outing; a 95-65 dismantling of Idaho State in the opening round of the Coors Classic.

The Cowgirls (1-6) make the trip south down I-25 still smarting from a 59-43 home loss to Portland on Dec. 19.

Junior Ashley Elliott led the way with ten points for Wyoming, while forward Michelle Lieber was the leading rebounder with five for the Cowgirls their final game before a lengthened Christmas break. Wyoming struggled offensively 6-25 (.240) from the field and 2-9 (.222) from beyond the arc.

"The most difficult thing is our poor shooting seems to be an overriding theme for us," first-year Wyoming head coach Joe Legerski said after the game. "Not being able to make open shots or even lay-ups as tonight I think we missed at least five very simple shots."

The Cowgirls' shooting on the season has indeed been less than desirable. Wyoming has shot higher than 40 percent from the field just once all year; a 19-46 mark against Montana State-Billings on Dec. 13 in Wyoming's only win of the season.

As a result of the poor shooting, Wyoming has experienced losing in many ways; ranging from a heart-breaking one-point overtime home loss to Southern Utah in the first week of the season, to a 77-26 shredding at the hands of Texas Tech in Lubbock on Dec. 6.

Following their matchup against Wyoming Sunday, the Buffs continue their longest homestand of the season Tuesday when Syracuse (7 p.m.) comes to Boulder. The stretch ends Saturday as CU wraps up its nonconference schedule against Buffalo (7 p.m.).

Talk about this in the Colorado Athletics Forum MESSAGE BOARD

BuffStampede Top Stories