CSU women to take on CU

Dec 072010
Authors: David de Besche

The Rocky Mountain Showdown rivalry takes to the hardwood tonight as the CSU women’s basketball team (5-2) travels to Boulder to face archrival CU (6-2).

In the two teams’ long history, the Buffs lead 29-11, but the Rams are coming off a big victory last year in Fort Collins 69-61. With last year’s game fresh in its mind, CSU feels confident that it can have a repeat of 2009.

“We beat them last year and we want to keep that going,” said senior Zoi Simmons.

CSU is coming off a comeback victory last Thursday against Northern Colorado (73-66) in a game the Rams started out slow but blew up offensively in the last 20 minutes.

The win marked the team’s fifth in a row, the longest streak since 2004. A win tonight will extend that to six, but the Rams are assured they have focused on their next game and not the streak.

“Immediately after UNC, we turned our focus on our game against CU,” senior Bonnie Barbee said.

The Rams will face an athletic CU team that has its own five-game winning streak this year and a defense that holds its opponents, on average, to 52 points.

“We’re just going to need to play good defense, box out, and play as a team,” Simmons said.

Offensively, the Buffs are putting up big numbers with a win differential of 15 points, which is mostly done on the shoulders of their two best players in sophomore Chucky Jeffery and senior Brittany Spears, who are averaging 16.6 and 17.1 points per game, respectively.

“They’ve got two great players that we need to contain. Our match ups are important. If they have a good night, then we’ll be in trouble,” CSU coach Kristen Holt said.

CSU puts a star on this date at the beginning of the season and will use it as a gauge to see where it’s at this point in the year. With wins over Denver and Northern Colorado, a victory over CU for the Rams will solidify them as the best team in the state.

“Every game matters, but this is one of the big ones,” Barbee said.

Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Coors Event Center and will be followed by the men’s game. The women want to give the boys momentum for their game, and if they play how they’re capable of, CSU expects to win.

“No excuses, we have to play CSU basketball and go out and get it,” Simmons said.

Women’s basketball Beat Reporter David de Besche can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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