BOULDER – It's all about family. That's what Sirena Tuitele (pronounced ser-EEN-ah TOO-ee-TAY-lay), who goes by the nickname "Peanut," said of why she chose the University of Colorado to play basketball. A native of Chico, Calif., Tuitele is of Polynesian descent and family is the most important staple in the Polynesian culture.
BOULDER – The University of Colorado women's basketball team was standing in a circle at half-court on Feb. 5, 2017, wrapping up its normal shootaround practice in the morning before a game vs. Washington later that day in the CU Events Center. But this huddle would not be a normal one and would turn out to be a memorable one. Cameron Swartz, then a junior at Fellowship Christian High School in Georgia and on a recruiting visit, asked to say a word to the team at the conclusion of the huddle.