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By: Joel Broida
Junior center Rachel Hargis.
Women's Basketball Hosts Wyoming Wednesday
Release: November 27, 2012
By: Troy Andre, Assistant SID

THE GAME: The University of Colorado hosts the University of Wyoming on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Coors Events Center.

BROADCAST: Wednesday's game will be broadcast live on KKZN AM 760. Mike Rice will have the play-by-play with Carol Callan of USA Basketball providing the color commentary. A live video stream will be available on the Pac-12 Digital platform at Pac-12.com. All CU women's basketball home games, and select road Pac-12 games, that are not televised will be available through Pac-12.com at this link: http://pac-12.com/live/cubuffs.aspx

OPENING TIP: Colorado has won its first four games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since starting 5-0 in 1995-96 and 4-0 in 1996-97.

ABOUT THE BUFFALOES: Colorado is off to a 4-0 start after claiming its own Omni Hotels Classic title with this past weekend with wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (75-48) and San Diego State (67-53). The tournament title continues a recent trend for Colorado. The Buffaloes have been especially good in the nonconference schedule under head coach Linda Lappe. Colorado has won its last 17 nonconference regular season contests and 24 of 28 dating back to the 2010-11 season.

Colorado's offense has played well, averaging 73 points per game and twice hitting 75. The Buffaloes are shooting 45 percent from the field and 33 percent from 3-point range. Part of Colorado's offensive success has come from sharing the ball. The Buffaloes are averaging 15.3 assists per game with a season-high 17 coming in the win at UMKC. Colorado also has held a sizeable advantage in rebounds (plus-14 average) and has limited its opponents to 35 percent from the field.

On the early season Pac-12 charts, Colorado is the top steals team in the league, averaging nearly 12 per contest. The Buffaloes also rank in the top three in scoring offense and defense (55.2 ppg), scoring margin (+17.2), field-goal percentage defense (.352), rebounding offense, defense (29.8 rpg) and margin, assists and offensive rebounds.

Redshirt freshman forward Arielle Roberson is averaging 18 points on 56 percent shooting over her first four collegiate games. She also leads the Buffaloes in blocked shots (4) and is tied for the lead in rebounding at 6.8 per game. Roberson was named the MVP of the Omni Hotels Classic after averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds over the two-game tournament. She is the first CU freshman to win that honor in the 26-year history of the tournament. Roberson ranks fifth in scoring, sixth in offensive rebounds (4.0 orpg), 10th in field-goal percentage, 12th in blocks (1.0 bpg), 14th in steals (2.0 spg) and is tied for 16th in total rebounding on the Pac-12 charts.

After sitting out the season opener, All-Pac-12 guard Chucky Jeffery is beginning to hit her stride. She leads the team in assists average (3.3 apg) while ranking second in scoring (10.3 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.7 rpg) and steals (7). She was named to the Omni Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 13 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals over the two games. She is the first four-time Omni All-Tournament team honoree, earning MVP honors in 2010 and '11. Jeffery ranks sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0), seventh in free-throw percentage (.889), ninth in steals (2.3 spg) and 10th in assists.

Junior guard Brittany Wilson has started all four games and leads the Buffaloes in steals (9) and ranks third in scoring at 9.0 per contest. She paced the Buffaloes in the season-opening win over Idaho, with 18 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. Wilson, who also hit both of her free throws against San Diego State, has made 28 of her last 34 free throws (.824) dating back to last season.

Sophomore forward Jen Reese has made a successful return from an eye injury that kept her out of the final nine games of 2011-12. She is tied with Roberson for the team lead in rebounds at 6.8 per game, a number that also ranks 16th in the Pac-12. Reese has hit 50 percent from the field this season, which is tied for 14th in the league standings. She narrowly missed a double-double with 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds in the Omni Classic championship game. Reese was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line against San Diego State, a career best.

Junior center Rachel Hargis joins Wilson as the only Buffs to start all four games. Hargis is averaging 6.3 points on 50 percent shooting, but her striking number is 10 assists, which by total ties Jeffery for the Buffaloes' lead through the first four games. She dished out a career-best four assists in the win at UMKC to go with eight points and two rebounds. She has at least two assists in all four games after recording multiple assist game just four times in each of her first two seasons.

Sophomore guard Jasmine Sborov started both Omni Classic games, responding with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the two games. She matched a career-high with 10 points against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, scoring all 10 in the first half. Sborov is a red-hot 64 percent from the field over the first four contests (9-of-14).

Colorado has six players averaging between five and 10 points per game. Freshman forward Jamee Swan, made a splash against UMKC. After playing limited minutes in her collegiate debut, swan got the starting nod against the Kangaroos and responded with 14 points on 6-of-9 from the field.

The Buffaloes are enjoying their best depth in the Lappe era. Thirteen different CU players have already hit the hardwood, with 12 of them  having registered points.

ABOUT THE COWGIRLS: Wyoming is 4-0 after winning the Pepperdine Thanksgiving Classic in Malibu, Calif., this past weekend. The Cowgirls are averaging 74 points per game while hitting an outstanding 49 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range. On the defensive end, Wyoming has been just as impressive allowing just 54 points per game while limiting opponents to 32 percent from the field.

The Cowgirls feature a balanced attack with five players averaging between seven and 14 points per game. Sophomore forward Kayla Woodward has the early edge in scoring at 13.8 points per game on 47 percent from the field. Senior frontcourt mate Chaundra Sewell tops Wyoming in rebounding at 8.0 per contest while ranking second in scoring at 13.0 per game on 63 percent shooting.

Joe Legerski is in his 10th season as head coach of Wyoming with a record of 176-107 (.622)

THE SERIES: This will be the 44th meeting between Colorado and Wyoming with the Buffaloes holding a commanding 34-9 series lead. The 34 wins over Wyoming are the most for CU over any nonconference opponent, and it is also the most played non-league series in Buffs' history.

Colorado has won the last two in the series, including a 70-58 triumph in the third round of the 2011 Postseason WNIT. This will be the first regular season meeting since Colorado knocked off the No. 21 (AP)/22 (WBCA) ranked Cowgirls on Dec. 5, 2007 at the Coors Events Center. Prior to that, the Cowgirls and Buffaloes had met every season from 1974-75 to 2007-08, except one (1993-94).

CU is 20-2 all-time against Wyoming in Boulder and 16-1 at the Coors Events Center.

Linda Lappe is 1-0 against Wyoming as a head coach. Joe Legerski is 3-3 against Colorado.

CONNECTIONS: Wyoming sports five Colorado natives on its roster: Marquelle Dent (Denver), Alison Gorrell (Evergreen), Kaitlyn Mileto (Colorado Springs), Chaundra Sewell (Broomfield) and Jordan Sibrel (Loveland). Colorado assistant coach Jonas Chatterton and video coordinator Dan Doerflein are very familiar with Wyoming, spending the better part of the last decade on the staff of MWC rival BYU. Chatterton was a BYU assistant coach from 2001-09 while Doerflein held several positions on the Cougars' staff from 2001-02 and 2004-09, including  the Director of Operations in 2009-10.

COLORADO BASKETBALL UNDEFEATED: Colorado's men's and women's basketball teams each entered the week undefeated, and started the season with identical 4-0 marks for the first time since 1994-95. The men's team is currently 5-0 and will attempt to match its best start since 1989-90 (6-0) by hosting Texas Southern Tuesday night. The last time the men's and women's programs started the same season with five straight wins was 1982-83, when both started 7-0.

OMNI HOTELS CLASSIC CHAMPS: Colorado improved to 42-10 all-time in its home holiday classic and has won four straight and 16 of the 25 tournament titles contested. The Buffaloes won this year's classic by defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and San Diego State.

ROBERSON AMONG ELITE COMPANY: Freshman guard Arielle Roberson has scored in double-digits in the first four games of her career, tying former CU greats Brittany Spears and Erin Scholz for the fourth most in team history. Roberson's teammate Lexy Kresl, now a sophomore, had a similar run last season, reaching double digits in her first six. Tracy Tripp holds the mark of 10, set during the 1985-86 season.

BENCH PRODUCTION: Colorado is getting good production from its bench to the tune of 26.8 points (37 percent) and 23.8 rebounds (54 percent) per game. Sophomore forward Jen Reese has headed the bench effort averging 8.8 points and 6.8 rebounds, the latter of which ties for the overall team lead. Colorado's shooting remains consistent with the bench hitting 44 percent. CU's bench has been outstanding from the free-throw line hitting 83 percent. Reese is 9-of-10 from the line and junior guard Ashley Wilson is 6-of-8.

Colorado scored a season-high 42 bench points in the win over UMKC. The bulk of those came from freshman forward Arielle Roberson who scored 23 points in 19 minutes on 9-of-12 from the field in her lone game off the bench this season. Her 23 bench points are tied for the second most in the past 10 years and her nine field goals are the most. Only Bianca Smith, with 25 points off the bench against San Jose State on Dec. 22, 1999, had a bigger bench game in the last 10 years.

JEFFERY MOVING UP CAREER LADDERS: Junior guard Chucky Jeffery ranks among Colorado's all-time leaders in several categories. She is sixth in assists (368), ninth in steals (223), 12th in rebounds (684), 15th in free-throws made (262), 16th in blocks (57) and field-goals made (467) and 18th in scoring (1,249) and 3-point field goals made (53).

HOME AT THE CECC: Colorado is traditionally tough at home with a 370-126 all-time record at the Coors Events Center (.746). The Buffaloes have won 10 or more games in a season at the CEC in 23 of the previous 34 years. The Buffaloes have enjoyed fi ve undefeated seasons (1980-83, 1992-94) at the CEC.

SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: CU's 9-point halftime lead at UMKC (36-27) was its largest on the road since leading Colorado State 38-22 on Nov. 20, 2011.  Colorado's 78 points were its most in a road contest since scoring 80 in an overtime win at Missouri on Feb. 23, 2010. It was the most in regulation since an 87-78 loss at Minnesota on Nov. 22, 2009. The 23-point margin was CU's biggest on the road since an 82-47 win at Colorado State on Dec. 1, 2007.

Colorado is 10-7 in its last 17 true road games, including postseason, dating back to the end of the 2010-11 season.

BUFFS ON TV: Colorado's regular season schedule will feature at least 11 regionally or nationally televised games in 2012-13. Colorado will play nine regular season games on the Pac-12 Networks, and a guaranteed one, and potentially more, during the Pac-12 Tournament, March 7-10, in Seattle.

A program-best six regular season games will be televised nationally while three more will be on one of the regional networks. CU's first Pac-12 Tournament game will also be televised nationally, as would any ensuing round through the championship game, which will air Sunday, March 10, on ESPN2.

CU will make its first television appearance on Dec. 11 at Denver on ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain. The Buffaloes make their Pac-12 Network debut on Friday, Jan. 4 against defending league champion Stanford; their fi rst of four straight televised games on the network. Colorado will have fi ve straight road games televised beginning with Utah on Jan. 13, through a Super Bowl Sunday matchup at USC on Feb. 3. CU's fi nal regular season televised game will  be Feb. 8 at home against Oregon State.

Entering the 2012-13 season, CU has appeared on 99 regional or national telecasts over the previous 11 seasons.

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