The CSU women’s basketball team will face its toughest challenge
to date tonight when they host No. 17 University of Colorado. The
Rams enter the game with a 3-1 record, while the Buffaloes are
The Rams seek redemption after having their 18-game winning
streak snapped at Moby Arena in a 75-61 loss to Boston College in
the championship game of the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational.
Although the team did not win the invitational for the first time
since 1995-96 season, there were still some standout performances.
Sophomore point guard Vanessa Espinoza scored a career-high 16
points and sophomore forward Lindsay Thomas pulled down a
career-high 12 rebounds.
Espinoza and Thomas, along with fellow starters Melissa Dennett,
Ferrucho and Joy Jenkins have led the Rams to a balanced scoring
attack this season. All five average double digits in points per
game with Espinoza leading the team with 14 per contest. CSU also
has a strong presence on the boards, averaging 40.5 rebounds per
game compared to its opponents who averages 32 per game.
Colorado started the season ranked No. 20 in the Associated
Press top 25 rankings, but moved up to No. 16 after a 67-63
overtime victory over then-15th ranked Notre Dame. The Buffaloes
then dropped to No. 17 after losing to No. 9 Minnesota.
The game will be the first for Colorado since winning the 2003
Coors Classic on Saturday. Senior Tera Bjorklund will lead the
charge for the Buffaloes after being named Big 12 Player of the
Week last week. The 6-foot-5 center averaged 22 points and 11.5
rebounds in the Coors Classic and was named the tournament’s
The Coors Classic title brought a milestone to Colorado head
coach Ceal Barry’s career as she earned her 400th victory in 21
seasons as a Buffalo. While Barry is optimistic about the Colorado
squad this year, a season-ending knee injury to sophomore guard
Whitney Law and a hip injury to freshman forward Anna Nedovic have
cut down the Buffalo’s numbers.
“Having Anna and Whitney out really hurts our depth,” Barry
said. “They were our eighth and ninth players, so that really cuts
us down to a seven-player rotation.”
The Buffaloes beat CSU last year 65-51, but the Rams have won
the last two games at Moby Arena in 1999 and 2001. The Rams have
won three of the last four meetings between the two teams, but
Colorado currently leads the all-time series 25-9.
The rivalry reignites tonight at Moby Arena at 7 p.m.