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Official Game(s) Thread: WBB at UTSA Classic

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  1. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    THE GAMES: The University of Colorado closes out the nonconference portion of its schedule at the UTSA Holiday Classic, Dec. 20-21 at the Convocation Center in San Antonio. The Buffaloes will play the University of Texas-Pan American on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m. MST and follow with a game against Creighton University on Wednesday, Dec. 21, also at 4 p.m. MST.

    BROADCAST:
    Both games will air on KKZN AM 760 with Mike Rice handling the play-by-play and Carol Callan of USA Basketball with the color commentary. Live audio is available through BuffsTV through the BuffsRadio free subscription. Live statistics will also be available on CUBuffs.com

    OPENING TIP:
    Colorado is vying for the second unbeaten nonconference regular season record in team history. Only the 1992-93 squad has entered the conference slate undefeated (12-0).

    ABOUT THE BUFFALOES:
    Colorado is 9-0, the third best record to start a season in team history and best since the 1992-93 squad won a school record 15 games to begin the season. The Buffaloes closed out a perfect six-game home stand with a 77-59 win over Weber State on Dec. 17. After the UTSA Holiday Classic, Colorado will be off until Dec. 31, when the Buffaloes open Pac-12 Conference play at Utah.

    Colorado has shown balance with five players averaging between seven and 18 points per game and seven averaging at least five per contest. The Buffaloes are averaging 71.7 points per game and shooting 46 percent from the field. CU's defense has held its opponents to 52.3 points per game, ranking first in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes also rank second free-throw percentage (.701) and rebounding defense (32.0 rpg) and third in scoring margin (+19.3), rebound margin (+11.4) and field-goal percentage (.460).

    Junior guard Chucky Jeffery is on a tear. She is averaging 23.3 points over the last four games and has shot 63 percent (37-of-59) during that span including 8-of-11 from 3-point range (.727). Jeffery's 9-of-10 performance from the field against Denver was the best by a CU player on a minimum 10 attempts since Jackie McFarland was 9-of-10 against CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 28, 2007.

    Overall Jeffery leads the Buffaloes at 18.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. She is third in the Pac-12 in scoring and ranks fourth in assists, 3-point percentage (.450) and defensive rebounds (7.1 drpg), sixth in free-throw percentage (.800) and blocked shots (1.4 bpg), seventh in minutes played (32.8 mpg), eighth in rebounding, ninth in steals (2.0 spg) and 11th in field-goal percentage (.555).

    Freshman guard Lexy Kresl is second on the team in scoring at 11.8 points per game and leads the Buffaloes in both 3-point field goals (20) and free-throw percentage at 94.1 percent. She has made 15-straight free throws dating back to the Colorado State game. She also ranks third in the Pac-12 in 3-pointers made (2.2 3mpg), 12th in 3-point percentage (.385) and 18th in scoring.

    Sophomore guard Brittany Wilson is third on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game and is second on the team with 11 steals. She has been a distributor of late, dishing out an average of 4.3 assists over the last four games, tied with Jeffery for the most on the team during that span. Overall she is second on the team with 23 on the season. On the Pac-12 charts, Wilson ranks 25th in scoring and 14th in 3-pointers made (1.4 3mpg).

    Brittany's twin sister Ashley Wilson has enjoyed a solid start to her sophomore season. She is hitting 55 percent from the floor (17-of-31) and is coming off a career-best 13 point performance against Weber State. Wilson is averaging 11 points and 4.5 rebounds over the last two contests while shooting 69 percent from the floor (9-of-13). Wilson averages 3.4 rebounds per game, and is the only player on the team with more offensive rebounds (16) than defensive boards (15).

    Junior Meagan Malcolm-Peck has played well defensively, averaging 6.3 points and five rebounds per game. She leads Colorado with 19 offensive rebounds and her 2.4 per game average ranks 13th in the Pac-12.

    Colorado's front court duo of senior Julie Seabrook and sophomore Rachel Hargis are the only two players to start all nine games. Seabrook leads Colorado in field-goal percentage at 64 percent (28-of-44) and has averaged 11.3 points and eight rebounds over the past four games. Seabrook recorded her third career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Weber State. Hargis, who averages 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest, remains tough on the defensive end. She has tied a career-best two steals in each of the past two games and also had a season-high two blocked shots against Weber State.

    Colorado's bench has been outstanding, accounting for 35 percent of the team's scoring (25.0 ppg) and 44 percent of its rebounding (19.2 rpg). The Wilson twins and Kresl have been consistent in scoring whether coming off the bench or starting (Kresl has five starts, Brittany Wilson has four while Ashley has three), combining for 24.9 points in a reserve role. In fact the Wilson sisters provided a major spark off the bench in a very twin-like performance over Weber State, each producing identical numbers of 13 points on 6-of-10 from the field.

    Freshman Jen Reese has also been a major producer off the bench. Reese is averaging 7.5 points per contest and shooting 45 percent from the field (25-of-56). Reese has also been hitting the boards, ranking second on the team at 5.9 per game. Against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi the Buffaloes had a season-high 43 bench points (Jeffery 19, Reese 13, Kresl 11).

    HISTORIC START:
    Colorado is 9-0 for just the third time in team history and first since the 1992-93 squad won a school record 15 games to begin the season. The only other 8-0 team was in 1980-81 when the Buffaloes started 12-0. Here is a break down of CU's best starts:
    Year Start Final Record Other
    1992-93 15-0 27-4 NCAA Elite 8
    1980-81 12-0 28-5 *AIAW National Tourn. First Round
    2011-12 8-0 ?? Best Start Since 1992-93
    1993-94 7-0 27-5 NCAA Sweet 16
    1982-83 7-0 21-8 #Big Eight Semifinals
    1988-89 6-0 27-4 NCAA First Round
    *-CU's first national tournament appearance; #-First year of Big Eight Conference round-robin play.

    NUMBERS ON 9 STRAIGHT:
    Colorado has won nine straight games for the 13th time and its current streak is tied for the eighth longest in team history. It's also CU's longest win streak since the 2007-08 team won 11 straight. Here are the Buffs' all-time best win streaks:

    Wins Season Record Notable

    1. 25 1994-95 30-3 NCAA Elite Eight, 14-0 in Big Eight
    2. 20 1988-89 27-4 NCAA 1st Round, 14-0 in Big Eight
    3. 15 1992-93 27-4 NCAA Elite Eight, 15-0 season start
    4. 14 1991-92 22-9 NCAA 1st Rd, Big Eight Tourney Champs
    5. 12 1981-82 28-8 AIAW National 1st Round
    6. 12 1980-81 28-5 First of two 9-plus winning streaks in '81
    7. 11 2007-08 19-15 WNIT Semifinalist
    8. 9 2011-12 ?? 9-0 Best Start Since 1992-93
    9 2003-04 22-8 NCAA 1st Round
    9 1993-94 27-5 NCAA Sweet 16
    9 1992-93 27-4 NCAA Elite Eight, Big Eight Champs
    9 1980-81 28-5 First AIAW National Appearance
    9 1978-79 22-9 3rd place in AIAW Regional

    ABOUT THE BRONCS:
    Texas Pan-American is 4-9 overall and coming off a 74-35 setback at Oklahoma State on Dec. 19. Three of the Broncs four wins have come at home and they are winless in two prior neutral site games this season. UTPA averages 55.5 points per game while shooting 35 percent from the field and 66 percent from the foul line. The Broncs have been winning the turnover battle from their opponents, holding a margin of plus-1.5 per game while averaging nearly 10 steals per outing.

    Sophomore guard LaQuita Garner leads Texas-Pan American in scoring at 11.6 points per game and is also the team's top threat from deep range hitting on 32 percent on 3-pointers (21-of-65). Junior guard Bianca Torre leads the Broncs in assists at 3.8 per game and is second on the team in scoring at 9.2. Torre scored 20 of UTPA's 35 points, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range, in the loss to Oklahoma State. The senior forward duo of Donna Jackson and Adanna Opara combine for 17.3 points and 12.6 rebounds per game.

    ABOUT THE BLUEJAYS:
    Creighton improved to 5-4 overall with a last-minute 49-47 win over Bowling Green at home on Dec. 19. The Bluejays have played an impressive nonconference schedule, with their four losses coming to teams with a combined record of 32-5. Creighton averages just under 61 points per game while giving up 60 to its opponents. The Bluejays shoot 40 percent from the field, including a 33 percent mark from 3-point range where they have made 60-of-181 attempts.

    Sophomore Sarah Nelson paces Creighton at 13.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. She is also the top shooter for the Bluejays at 61 percent. Sophomore guard Carli Tritz is Creighton's second leading scorer at 12 points per game. Junior guard Ally Jensen averages 9.6 points and tops the Bluejays in assists (24) and 3-point field
    goals (18).

    SERIES RECORDS:
    This will be the first meeting between Colorado and Texas-Pan American. The Buffaloes are 8-1 against teams in the Southland Conference, including a 71-58 win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 16.

    This will be the fourth meeting between Colorado and Creighton with the Bluejays holding a 2-1 edge. Creighton took a home-and-home series from the Buffaloes during the 2004 and 2005 preseason schedules. Colorado's lone win in the series was on a neutral floor, a 76-60 decision on Nov. 27, 1987 in the first round of the Freedom Bowl Classic. The Buffaloes are 10-6 against current Missouri Valley Conference teams, most recently defeating Evansville in the first round of the 2010 Omni Hotels Classic.

    Colorado head coach Linda Lappe has never faced UTPA or Creighton as a head coach. UTPA's Denny Downing has never faced Colorado. Creighton's Jim Flanery is 2-0 against Colorado as the Bluejays' head coach.

    CONNECTIONS: Colorado sports three Texas natives on its roster. Freshman forward Arielle Roberson is from San Antonio, freshman guard Jasmine Sborov is from Round Rock (near Austin) and sophomore center Rachel Hargis is from Robinson (near Waco). CU head coach Linda Lappe is familiar with Jim Flanery's Creighton Bluejays from her days as an assistant at Missouri Valley Conference rival Drake (2003-06).
     
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    Tipoff in less than an hour. Let's go Buffs!
     
  3. CVilleBuff

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    35-21 Buffs early in second half
     
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    Buffs win 67-49

    10-0
     
  5. Buffalo Brad

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    Noice job ladies!
     
  6. pwbuffan

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    Great start for Coach Lappe.
     
  7. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Took care of business.
     
  8. BeBe

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    I listened to much of it on the radio. This was a game they should have won and they did. But it sounded rather sloppy and the kind of game that won't get it done in conference. Also sound like Coach Lappe knows that and knows areas they need to work on. Tomorrow's game against Creighton should be quuite interesting. Again CU should win but they need to play better than today to be sure.

    One unfortunate thing today .... Ashley Wilson, who was finally fully healthy and had finally played a full game and showed what she really could do in the Weber State game, fell hard to the floor in the first half and has a concussion. Hopefully she will heal well and be ready for the start of conference. It got a bit ragged at times in the second half with Ashley out and her twin Brittany sitting with 4 fouls and the coaches trying to rest Chucky as much as possible given they have another, likely tougher game tomorrow. Lexy Kresl actually played some at the point and didn't do too bad.
     
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    I didn't get to listen at all. Not happy to hear about the sloppiness but will always take the win. 10-0 is not too shabby.

    Get the win tomorrow Buffs!!! 11-0 sounds even better!

    Oh and Lexy is special! A great compliment to Chuckie
     
  10. GregInArlington

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    Too bad the games start so early... I have work. Good job buffs!
     
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    Tipoff in one hour!
     
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    Buffs lead 23-21 at the half. Lexy with 7 so far. Sounds like there's a lid on the basket.
     
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    Once again I <3 Lexy Kresl!!! 3 point buzzer beater FTW!!
     
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    Lexy is nails! 52-49 Buffs.

    11-0. Perfect non-conference season. On to the Pac-12.

    (Actually, "Nails" wouldn't be a bad nickname for her if she keeps hitting clutch shots.)
     
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    11-0 Buffs are off to a great start! These kids play as a team and it works. 15 by Kresl and 15 by Reese. Love those freshmen. Lappe said they were trying to set it up for Jeffrey to take the last shot, but the play didn't work so Kresl took it. Jeffrey did have 8 turnovers.

    Ashley Wilson not only has a concussion, she broke her nose in yesterday's game.

    I love listening to nail biters ending in a buzzer beater when WE win!
     
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    Yeah but could you let me know FIRST that we WILL win. Makes it much easier to listen to.:thumbsup:
     
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    I don't know what else to do or say except...


    :dance2::dance4::dance5:

    Very proud of this team!!!
     
  19. GoBuffs!!

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    That place looked empty, would have been nice to see a play like that with at least a few fans to chear them on, or silence the opposing fans, or at least something.
     
  20. BeBe

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    Remember this was the UTSA tournament and so this was the game that did not involve the home team. You had Colorado versus Creighton (from Nebraska) playing in San Antonio. Unfortunately in WBB many fans are still fans of their team, not fans of the game, and so you don't see much of a crowd at these kind of games. There was a bit of a Colorado cheering section there with 3 Texas players on the roster who had some family and friends there. Don't know about Creighton.
     
  21. buffgal

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    I am not just a fan of CU, I am a fan of the game. When I still lived in Colorado, I attended all games of the Coors tournament. Not too many other CU fans were usually there. I will confess that a few years back now when CU didn't make it to the championship game, I did not stay for that game. :rolling_eyes:
     
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    rpi is still over 100 but can't complain about the record.
     
  23. GoBuffs!!

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    I know they havent played a very hard schedule, but I would imagine that they should at least be getting a few votes for being top 25 next week. A 11-0 record is not easy regardless of who you are playing.
     
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    I checked the top 25 and they weren't even sniffing the outside yet. They will need to beat some better teams to get in the top 25 discussion
     
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    I think the Lady Buffs are one of 8 unbeaten teams. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I am not under the illusion they will have an undefeated season. :D
     
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    I am not saying that they are a top 25 team, but being one of 8 unbeaten teams, should at least get your name thrown around enough to get a vote or two.
     
  27. Ruckus

    Ruckus Peep my words. Club Member

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    Lady Buffs (wait, was I told not to call them this before? I can't remember, and I don't want to disrespect them) getting some local news love. Keep racking up the wins, team! Loving this!

    -- I'm a [strike] mother****ing [/strike] internet Angel --
     
  28. Clean Undies

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    ...racking up...(snicker)

    ...chests are filled with a lot of heart...

    ...busts out with pride...

    ...opponents play like deer in the headlights and are coming out flat.

    ...when they boat race the opponent, it's a motorboat.

    ...Lady Buffs are one of teams who are knockers on the door of being ranked. Respectability nips at their heals.

    ...wear your sweater. Meet me at the keg.
     
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    buffgal Club Member Club Member

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    I attended the very first Lady Buff game and will ALWAYS call them the Lady Buffs! I have told Coach Barry and Mike Bohn that in person. :bang:
    They didn't care. Many of my long time friends who have been attending the games for many, many years, call the team the Lady Buffs.
     
  30. Ruckus

    Ruckus Peep my words. Club Member

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    Sweet. I can't remember what it was that I called them that someone on here said not to. I know it wasn't "nappy headed hos" :lol:

    -- I'm a [strike] mother****ing [/strike] internet Angel --
     

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