Huskies Suffer First Loss Of The Year To Colorado, 78-64
Dec. 9, 2003
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Tera Bjorklund had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and KateFagan added 19 points as No. 17 Colorado defeated previously unbeatenWashington 78-64 Tuesday night at the Coors Events Center.
Bjorklund connected on 11 of 17 shots for Colorado (7-1).
'We knew coming in that they play a 1-3-1 defense and we felt like going intoit that we could go to Tera in the 1-3-1 and get her the ball inside and shecould go at (Andrea) Lalum 1-on-1,' head coach Ceal Barry said. 'I felt likeshe (Tera) had a good percentage tonight and she had 26 points.'
Reserve Amber Metoyer added 16 points and 12 rebounds, marking the firstdouble-double of her career, as Colorado won its fourth straight game andseventh consecutive at home.
Giuliana Mendiola, last season's Pac-10 player of the year, had 20 points andLalum 19 for Washington (5-1). The Huskies were off to their best start since1997-98, when they opened with a 10-game winning streak.
Colorado led 59-39 seven minutes into the second half after Bjorklund hit fourof five shots. Lalum, 8-for-12 for the game, had six of her team's nine pointsin that stretch.
Washington tried to rally with a basket off a steal and a 3-pointer byGioconda Mendiola, getting the Huskies to 71-54 with 4:12 remaining. ButMetoyer put the game away with a short jumper with 1:45 left after convertingtwo free throws.
'Overall, they never quit,' Barry said of the Huskies. 'They had a point guardwho was hitting threes there at the end of the game.'
Bjorklund had 14 points by halftime, when Colorado led 42-31. The Buffs'reserves recorded 25 points off the bench.