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Sophomore forward Arielle Roberson.
Colorado Hosts Iowa In Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Battle
Release: November 19, 2013
By: Troy Andre, Assistant SID
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THE GAME: The University of Colorado will host the University of Iowa on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 8:30 p.m. at the Coors Event Center.

BROADCAST: Wednesday's game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Mountain Network. Anne Marie Anderson will have the call with Ros Gold-Onwude providing the color commentary. Wednesday's game will air live on KKZN AM 760. Mike Rice will handle play-by-play duties and will be joined by former Buffalo and Denver Fox 31 Sports Anchor Kami Carmann.

OPENING TIP: Colorado is allowing just 46 points per game while Iowa is averaging 80.2 points on offense. The Buffaloes haven't allowed an opponent to reach 70 points in its last 34 contests.

ABOUT THE BUFFALOES: Colorado improved to 2-0 on the season with an 83-33 win over Alcorn State in its home opener on Nov. 15. The Buffaloes 50-point margin of victory was their highest since an 88-36 win over Southern Utah on Dec. 19, 2009. Alcorn State's total also tied for the seventh-lowest opponent output in CU history.

All 11 players that participated scored in this contest, led by freshman guard Lauren Huggins who had a career-high 16 points off the bench.

That balance has been the story for the Buffaloes through the first two contests. Junior guard Jasmine Sborov's 23 points (11.5 ppg) leads Colorado while 10 players have pitched in five or more points per game to the Buffaloes 73 point per outing offense. Sborov scored 10 points against Alcorn State as eight players scored six or more points.

Colorado opened the 2013-14 season with a hard-fought 63-59 win at Colorado State on Nov. 12. It was the 14th straight season-opening win for the Buffaloes which started its season on the road for the first time since 2007.

Sborov scored a career-best 13 points, including two late clutch free throws that allowed the Buffaloes to keep the Rams at bay. Reigning Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Year Arielle Roberson also had 13 points, recording her 24th career double-figure scoring game.

Junior guard Lexy Kresl has been running a solid point for the Buffaloes. She logged a career-best nine rebounds in the win over Colorado State, and against Alcorn State she became the 11th player in team history to reach 100 career 3-point field-goals made.

Colorado has been winning the battle of the boards by a wide margin once again. The Buffaloes hold a plus-15.5 rebounding edge in the early going, grabbing 50 in the Colorado State game. Senior center Rachel Hargis leads the Buffaloes at 7.5 rebounds per game while Roberson is right behind at 6.5 per contest.

The Buffaloes defense is also holding opponents to 27 percent from the field and just 13 percent from 3-point range.

ABOUT THE HAWKEYES: Iowa is off to a terrific start at 4-0, including a 97-93 overtime win over then-No. 14 ranked (AP) Dayton on Nov. 10. This will be the Hawkeyes' first road game of the season. Iowa is averaging 80.2 points per game over its first four, hitting 42 percent from the field and 71 percent from the foul line. The Hawkeyes are also averaging 47 rebounds per game and have held their opponents to 29 percent shooting. Iowa resides just outside the AP Top 25, coming in as the first team in the receiving votes category.

Iowa's balanced attack features five players averaging double-figures. Junior center Bethany Doolittle paces the Hawkeyes at 14 points per game and has already registered 17 blocked shots on the season (4.3 bpg). Freshman guard Ally Disterhoft is averaging 13.8 points per contest while shooting 51 percent from the field. Junior guard Samantha Logic is dishing out 7.8 assists per game while scoring 13 per contest.

Lisa Bluder is in her 14th year as head coach at Iowa with a record of 255-157. She is in her 30th year as a collegiate head coach with an overall record of 611-299.

THE SERIES: This will be the fourth meeting between Colorado and Iowa with the Buffaloes holding a 2-1 edge. Colorado and Iowa meet for the first time since the Buffaloes claimed a 92-83 win in Boulder on Dec. 2, 2001. Iowa's win in the series came in Iowa City, 92-66, on Dec. 10, 2000. Colorado has played a Big Ten team in each of the past four years. The Buffaloes are 47-44 all-time against teams that currently make up the Big Ten, but 6-16 if one removes CU's 41-28 record against former Big Eight/Big 12 foe Nebraska.

Colorado's Linda Lappe has never faced Iowa as a head coach. Iowa's Lisa Bluder is 2-1 against Colorado, 1-1 with Iowa and 1-0 as the head coach at Drake.

BIG WIN STREAKS: With the win over Alcorn State, Colorado extended its streak of non-conference regular season wins to 26 games. The Buffaloes claimed perfect 11-0 nonconference marks in each of the last two seasons. Colorado won its final two non-league games in 2010-11, as the streak began with a 74-52 win over Colgate on Dec. 30, 2010.

Colorado's two perfect non-conference seasons comprise of two of the top eight overall winning streaks in team history. The 2011-12 team actually began the season 12-0, including a win in its first ever Pac-12 Conference game, tying for the fifth-best streak in team history and the second longest to begin a season.

The Buffaloes' 11-game streak to start the 2012-13 season ties for the eighth best overall. Throw in a 10-game streak at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, and the Buffaloes have registered three separate double-digit winning streaks in the last two seasons.

Colorado has 10 double-figure win streaks in its history. Head coach Linda Lappe has presided over three of those streaks, one behind her mentor Ceal Barry who coached the Buffaloes to four different double-figure win streaks over her 22 seasons on the bench.

FOR OPENERS: Colorado improved to 35-5 (.875) in all-time openers with its win at Colorado State. It marked just the 13th time in 40 seasons that Colorado opened away from Boulder and the 10th time in a true road game. The Buffaloes improved to 6-4 in overall season openers on the road. Colorado is an outstanding 38-2 (.949) all-time in home openers.

ROAD WARRIORS: Colorado has won 19 of its last 29 true road contests. Prior to the start of this run, The Buffaloes had just five wins in their previous 37 road games dating back to the 2008 Big 12 Conference schedule. Overall the Buffaloes are 23-13 away from Boulder dating back to the tail end of the 2010-11 season.

NATIONALLY RANKED: Colorado moved up one spot to No. 16 in the second regular season Associated Press Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll released on Monday.

Colorado received 316 points, up from 259 last week. Monday's showing is Colorado's highest ranking since coming in at No. 13 in the final March 8, 2004 poll.

The Buffaloes have been ranked in 17 consecutive AP polls, their longest run since appearing in all 19 polls of the 2003-04 season. Colorado has a long history of rankings in the AP poll, dating back to the 1980-81 season. This ranking marks the 175th time Colorado has appeared in the AP poll, trailing only Stanford, USC and UCLA among Pac-12 schools.

Despite gaining additional points, Colorado dropped one spot to No. 20 in the latest coaches poll released on Tuesday. The Buffaloes received 213 points, up from 190 in the previous poll, just a handful of points behind No. 17 California (238), No. 18 LSU (236) and No. 19 Michigan State (230).

For the first time since 2003, Colorado was ranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today Sports Coaches Top 25 Preseason polls, coming in at No. 19 in each.

Prior to the 2003-04 campaign the Buffaloes were ranked 20th in both polls. The preseason rankings were Colorado's highest since debuting at No. 12 (AP) and No. 13 (Coaches) heading into the 2001-02 campaign.

Colorado was not ranked in the final 2012-13 Coaches poll, coming in as the first team listed in the receiving votes category. The Buffaloes appeared in 11 Coaches polls in 2012-13, reaching has high as No. 18 the week of March 4, 2013.

Colorado has three ranked teams on its schedule, all three of which were preseason No. 10 picks. Louisville is No. 3 in the coaches and No. 4 in the AP, Stanford is No. 6 in the AP and No. 5 in the coaches and California is ranked No. 17 in both polls. UCLA and Iowa are receiving votes in both polls.

BUFFS ON TV: Colorado will be featured on the Pac-12 Networks 15 times during the 2013-14 regular season, a school record number for television appearances in one campaign.

Colorado's appeared on a program-best 13 national and regional telecasts in 2012-13, a figure that also included three postseason contests. Entering this season, the Buffaloes have tipped off on 112 national or regional contests since the Fall of 2001.

Colorado will make it's 2013-14 Pac-12 Network debut by hosting Iowa on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in an 8:30 p.m. tip off.

Fourteen of Colorado's 18 conference games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, including eight of nine at home. All home games not televised on the Pac-12 Networks, will be available online through Colorado's Pac-12.com video player. Pac-12 road games that are not televised will be available on the opponent's Pac-12.com video player.

HOME AT THE CECC: Colorado is traditionally tough at home with a 383-129 all-time record at the Coors Events Center (.748), and finished this season with a record of 15-3. The Buffaloes have won 10 or more games in a season at the CEC in 24 of 35 years. The Buffaloes have enjoyed five undefeated seasons (1980-83, 1992-94) at the CEC.

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