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Pelle Picked as Athlete of Week

Jan 28, 2003

BOULDER-Senior forward Stephane Pelle earned Big 12 and CU Athlete of the Week honors as he lead the Buffs Men's basketball team to an astounding upset over No. 6 ranked Kansas 60-59 at a sold out Coors Event Center this past Wednesday.

The 6'8" forward from Yaounde, Cameroon scored a career-high 27 points, including 15 in the second half. Against Kansas, Pelle was 10-for-16 from the field for the game (career high in field goals made) and also went 7-for-8 from the free throw line against the Jayhawks.

Pelle's final basket was the game-winner with 25.3 seconds remaining helping Colorado snap KU's Big 12 record 23-game conference winning streak. It was also CU's first win versus Kansas since the 1991 season. Pelle is averaging 11.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the 12-5 (2-2 Big 12) Buffaloes.

Pelle is international relations major in the school of Arts and Sciences and will graduate this May. Others nominated for this weeks award were Tera Bjorklund (women's basketball), Brad Hogan and (men's skiing).

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Tera Bjorklund, Junior, St. Peter, Minn. With 12:30 left in the second half against Texas Tech, junior center Tera Bjorklund became the first Buff junior since Erin Scholz in 1996 to eclipse the 1,000 point mark. She is just the sixth player at CU to do it as a junior. She had a team high 26 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. For the week she averaged 20.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg.

MEN'S SKIING (Alpine): Brad Hogan, Freshman, Holmes, N.Y. University of Colorado freshman Brad Hogan finished fifth in the slalom here Sunday, the final event as the 2003 World University Games. Hogan, the top USA seed at No. 14, navigated the icy, packed course in a two-run time of 1:37.66. He was ninth after his morning run, where a late error on the final face cost him some time, but he had the fifth fastest run in the afternoon to climb four notches into fifth.