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Oct 15, 2003

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BOULDER - Former University of Colorado women's basketball standout Jenny Roulier has signed a contract with the Colorado Chill of the National Women's Basketball League, Dave King, Chill general manager announced Wednesday.

Roulier, a 5-9 guard and 2002 graduate of CU, is the first former Buffalo to sign with the Loveland, Colo., based team as well as the NWBL.  She is the first Buffalo to sign with an American pro team since Mandy Nightingale was drafted by the Portland Fire of the WNBA in 2002.

The Englewood, Colo., product spent the 2002-03 season in Madrid, Spain, playing professionally for Club Estudiantes of the Spanish First Division with fellow Buff Britt Hartshorn.  The pair returned from Spain in May before Roulier headed to Santa Barbara, Calif.  She is currently in Ohio training with Athletes in Action as a part of their fall exhibition team.

Roulier averaged 11.4 points per game in her CU career, and finished as the Buffaloes' eighth highest all-time leading scorer with 1,399 points.  She was a starter on CU's 2001-02 team that reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament with a 24-10 record.  She ranks in the top 15 in 10 different CU all time charts, including third in three pointers made and 10th in total minutes played.  Roulier also earned a gold medal at the World University Games in the summer of 2001, starting every game for the United States.  She was named Third Team All-Big 12 in 2000, 2001 and 2002. 

It has been a productive last two years for former CU players joining professional leagues both in the United States as well as overseas.  Sabrina Scott, an honorable mention All-Big 12 player for the Buffs in 2002-03 has signed to play for the Pool Comense team located in Como, Italy, in the Lega Societa Pallacanestro Serie IA league, the top league in Italy. 

Scott isn't the only former Buff currently playing overseas, as Virginie Delepine plays for Saint Amand les Eaux in the Nationale I league in France, and former Buff guard Caroline Koechlin is playing for Union Saint Amand Porte du Hainaut, also in France.  Both have been playing there for two years.  Of CU's 2002 and 2003 classes, which comprised nine players including Koechlin, eight either played professionally or have gone on to coach basketball.

Barry's Buffaloes In Basketball Beyond Boulder

Name                        Class      Basketball Affiliation Post-CU

Virginie Delepine          2002      Plays for SALE in Nationale I league

Britt Hartshorn             2002      Finishing her degree at CU

Caroline Koechlin         2002*     Playing for USAPDH team in France

Linda Lappe                2003       Assistant Coach at Drake University

Mandy Nightingale       2002       Portland Fire Draft Pick, WNBA                       

Jenny Roulier            2002       Colorado Chill, Club Estudiantes, Athletes in Action

Sabrina Scott              2003       Will start play for Pool Comense this fall

Diana Spencer             2003       JV coach at Boulder HS, finishing degree

-Koechlin didn't return for her senior year, but was part of the 2002 class