Editor's Note: Today is the second edition of a 10-day celebration of this year's Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame induction here at CUBuffs.com, profiling each of this year's inductees, leading up to the Nov. 13 football game against Iowa State. Today, we look at the career of women's basketball standout Tera Bjorklund. This year's Hall of Fame festivities begin Thursday, Nov. 11, with the induction ceremonies at the Omni Interlocken Hotel & Resort (6 p.m. reception, with induction ceremony at 7 p.m.). The celebration continues with a women's/men's basketball doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The honorees will be introduced publicly at halftime of Saturday's game, which kicks off against the Cyclones at 11:30 a.m.
The career of Tera Bjorklund, one of the greatest individual scorers in Colorado basketball history, coincided with one of the greatest team runs in the storied annals of the CU women's program. There's no question which one was more important to her.
Bjorklund, who graduated from Colorado in 2004, is one of 10 Buffaloes who will enter the eighth Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame class on November 11. In her four-year career, she helped the Buffs win 72 percent of their games - a record of 92-35 - and four straight NCAA tournament appearances which included trips to the 2002 Elite Eight and the 2003 Sweet 16.
"It was a blast," Bjorklund said. "I don't know if I can put it into words. We worked so hard in the off season, and then regular season comes and you get to the tournament and it's what you've been working for all year. I was lucky to have a great team around me."
She graduated as the second-leading scorer in CU women's basketball history with 1,858 points and currently resides in the third position behind Lisa Van Goor (2,067 from 1980-85) and Jackie McFarland (1,957 from 2004-08). Bjorklund scored in double digits in 93 of her 127 games played.
|Tera Bjorklund ranks third in career points at CU with 1,858
While she is honored by this great accomplishment, she wasn't concerned with individual points, preferring "the team aspect of things."
"As long as we were winning I wasn't really looking at the points. I had a coach and teammates that had a lot of confidence in me. They let me do what I wanted with the ball."
Out of all her individual achievements, records that involved the team are the ones that mean the most to Bjorklund.
"I wouldn't say any of my personal records, but I look back at my sophomore year and that is probably what I'm most proud of with our team coming together," said Tera. "We were so close in the Final Four, we had a great run."
Great team chemistry is one of the aspects that allowed them to be so successful overall.
"Coach [Ceal] Barry did a great job of recruiting players that were good players on the floor but also good people. Everyone was very unselfish and kept their eye on the prize. We carried that CU pride with us."
She also has advice for the current Colorado women's basketball team. "I would say really embrace your time at CU. It goes extremely fast. As a team, recognize your role and enjoy your experience."
Bjorklund is currently working for Level 3 Communications in Broomfield, Colo. In her spare time, she serves as the assistant girls varsity basketball coach at Centaurus High School in Lafayette.
She will forever remain in the record books at Colorado. "I hope when people hear my name that it will bring a smile to their face," she said. "I hope they remember me as a team player who had good success at Colorado with a good heart."