Colorado climbed in the polls after starting the year a perfect 9-0, including a 6-0 record at home, wtih wins against Iowa, New Mexico and Illinois, and currently sits at No. 12 after suffering a 62-69 setback at No. 7 Louisville in its last outing. The Buffaloes have four players scoring in double figures led by junior forward Jen Reese who is shooting over 54 percent from the floor for 13.6 ppg. Sophomore Arielle Roberson checks in just behind at 13.4 ppg and is the team’s leading rebounder with an average of 8.3 boards a game. Linda Lappe is in her third season as the head coach at her alma mater where she holds a record of 73-38. Colorado has won each of the two teams‘ previous meetings, claiming a 81-38 win over SUU during the 2007-08 season and an 88-36 decision during Coach JR Payne’s first season with the Thunderbirds in 2009.
T-BIRDS WIN BIG SKY OPENER
Southern Utah senior Carli Moreland scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Thunderbirds to a 75-63 win in the team’s Big Sky opener at Northern Colorado (5-4, 0-1) last Thursday. The SUU center erupted for 17 points in the second half, including a stretch of nine straight in the closing minutes, to help her team pull away for the victory. Moreland went 7-13 from the field and set a career-mark by hitting 11-of-12 at the foul line. Lori Parkinson recorded her third double-double of the year after pulling down 10 boards and matching her career-high with 18 points. Andrea Jones dropped in another 14 for the T-Birds to go along with two steals and seven assists. The Thunderbirds have won three of their last four matchups with the Bears.
MORELAND MADNESS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Southern Utah senior Carli Moreland was named the Big Sky Player of the Week by College Sports Madness on Dec. 23. The Broomfield, Colo. native averaged 19.5 points a game and 10.0 rebounds to lead Southern Utah to a pair of victories while recording her third double-double of the season as the Thunderbirds ran away from Arizona Christian before posting a career-high 25 points in the team’s win at Northern Colorado.