Senior Salute, Ceal Barry Day Wednesday as Buffs Host Nebraska
QUICKLY...The University of Colorado (8-18, 1-14 Big 12 Conference) will host the University of Nebraska (16-11, 8-7 Big 12) on Wednesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. MST in the Coors Events Conference Center. Wednesday's game is the final regular season contest for the Buffaloes, who will honor seniors Veronica Johns-Richardson and Sarah Lini as well as a special tribute to head coach Ceal Barry who is retiring at the conclusion of the season.
BUFFS ON THE AIR...Colorado women's basketball regular and post season games are broadcast live on KKZN AM 760, Boulder's Progressive Talk station. Tim Smile will handle play by play duties and is joined by USA Basketball's Carol Callan with the color commentary.
31ST SEASON...Colorado is in its 31st season of varsity women's basketball sporting an all-time record of 585-331 (.639). The Buffaloes have made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, all since 1988, including six Sweet 16 appearances and three trips to the Elite Eight (1993, 1995 & 2002).
BUFFS LOOKING TO SEND BARRY OUT ON TOP...Colorado lost a school-record 11th straight game with an 84-65 setback against No. 6/8 Baylor on Feb. 26. The Buffs are in 12th place in the league standings at 1-14 and will be 12th seed at the 2005 Big 12 Tournament which begins Tuesday, March 8, in Kansas City, Mo. Colorado's 11-game skid is the longest losing streak in team history, breaking the mark of nine set during the Buffs' first season of varsity women's basketball in 1975. Colorado needs to win against Nebraska to avoid the lowest league win total in team history. The Buffs have finished with just two conference wins on two occasions ? 1975 (Intermountain Conference) and 1984-85 (Big Eight).
Freshman Jackie McFarland tops Colorado's balanced scoring attack at 10.1 points per game. McFarland also leads the Buffaloes in rebounding (6.4 rpg), free-throws made (69) and field-goal percentage (.459). Sophomore forward Jasmina Ilic is second in overall scoring (10.0 ppg) and CU's top scorer in league games (11.1 ppg). Ilic tops the Buffaloes in 3-point field goals with 36, 27 of which have come in Big 12 action. Senior point guard Veronica Johns-Richardson is just three points behind McFarland and Ilic in the scoring column (9.8 ppg) and paces the Buffs in assists (77), steals (51) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.413, 33x80). Sophomore forward Anna Nedovic is one of two Buffaloes (Johns-Richardson) to start all 26 games this season and ranks second in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and fifth in scoring (8.5 ppg). Freshman center Kara Richards is at 8.6 points per game, is third in rebounding (5.3 rpg) and leads the Buffs in blocked shots with 26. Junior Whitney Law is sixth on the squad in the scoring column at 6.6 points per game and is second on the squad in assists (46) and steals (31).
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