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Buffaloes Host Missouri, National Girls & Women In Sports Day

Jan 21, 2011

THE GAME: The University of Colorado continues Big 12 Conference action by hosting the University of Missouri on Saturday, Jan. 22, at  4 p.m. at the Coors Events Center.

BROADCAST: Saturday's contest will be brodcast on KKZN AM 760. Mike Rice will handle play-by-play duties while Carol Callan of USA Basketball provides the color commentary. Live internet audio is available on CUBuffs.com, through the BuffsRadio free subscription. Live internet video streaming of Saturday's game is available on BuffsTV, also a subscription service through CUBuffs.com.

NATIONAL GIRLS & WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY: CU Athletics is celebrating the 25th anniversary of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on Saturday. All kids (boys and girls) in 8th grade and under are invited to participate in a Skills & Fitness Challenge on the Coors Events Center concourse from 2-3 p.m.  During the challenge kids will meet CU student-athletes from golf, volleyball, tennis, soccer, basketball, cheer, and more.  The first 750 kids (8th grade and under) who complete the challenge will earn a free commemorative tee shirt.  Following the skills challenge on the concourse the CU student-athletes will sign autographs from 3-3:30 p.m.  Then stick around and cheer on the Buffaloes as they face the Missouri Tigers at 4 p.m. All activities are FREE for kids and adults including the women's basketball game.  To receive free general admission you must enter the Coors Events Center through the northwest entrance between 2 and 3 p.m.   After 3 p.m. free admission is not available.

OPENING TIP: Saturday's game is the initial battle between the Big 12's two first-year coaches in CU's Linda Lappe and Missouri's Robin Pingeton.

THE BUFFALOES: Colorado is 10-7 overall and 1-3 in league play after dropping a 58-49 decision at Oklahoma State on Jan. 18. The Buffaloes have won just three of their last eight, but have won 10 of 12 at home this season including a 66-60 overtime win over No. 17 (AP)/16 (WBCA) Iowa State on Jan. 15. The Buffaloes will play four of their next six at home.

Colorado has played well defensively this season, giving up just 58 points a game while opponents are only shooting 37 percent from the field. The Buffaloes have been even more stringent from the 3-point line, allowing just 25.5 percent from beyond the arc, ranking third in the Big 12 and 10th in the nation, through games of Jan. 16. Colorado has also been winning the battle of the boards, outrebounding its opponent in 13 of 17 games and by an average of 5.5 boards an outing. The Buffaloes rank fifth in the Big 12 in steals (9.4 spg), rebounding defense (35.2 opponent rpg) and 3-point field-goals made (6.2 3mpg).

Senior guard/forward Brittany Spears leads CU and ranks fifth in the Big 12 in scoring at 17.5 points per game. She is also fifth in defensive rebounds (5.7 drpg) and 3-point field goals made (2.4 3mpg), eighth in overall rebounding (8.1 rpg), 10th in steals (2.0 spg), 11th in free-throw percentage (.776) and 15th in blocked shots on the league charts.

Spears, who has 28 career double-doubles, is averaging 19.6 points and 9.4 rebounds over the last seven games. She has logged double digits in 16 of 17 games this season and in 95 of 110 career outings. Her 95 career games in double-figures is the third most in team history trailing only Lisa Van Goor (108 from 1980-85) and Jackie McFarland (102 from 2004-08). She also leads the team in blocks (15), is second in steals (34) and fourth in assists (26).

Sophomore guard Chucky Jeffery is CU's top rebounder (9.2 rpg) while ranking second on the team in scoring at 15.3 an outing. Jeffery has seven double-doubles this season, ranking second in the Big 12, including the second triple-double in team history by recording 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against Loyola Chicago. Jeffery

leads the Big 12 in rebounding, steals (3.3 spg) and defensive rebounding (6.6 drpg) while ranking sixth in assists (4.7 apg), seventh in minutes (32.9), 11th in scoring, 12th in field-goal percentage (.492), 13th in offensive rebounds (2.6 orpg) and 15th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1). Jeffery has missed the last two games due to a concussion suffered in the loss to Kansas, but is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's game.

Sophomore guard/forward Meagan Malcolm-Peck is averaging 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds and is second on the team in blocked shots (12). She is averaging 8.8 points and 5.4 rebounds over the last five games and has made 19 of her last 39 field goal attempts (.487), including 9-of-21 from 3-point range. Malcolm-Peck put together a gutsy performance against Iowa State. Hobbled by a sore ankle, she played just 14 minutes but was extremely effective in her time on the court scoring 10 points on 3-of-4 from the field and drilled a pair of clutch free throws in overtime to extend CU's lead to 66-60 in the closing seconds.

Junior forward Julie Seabrook is averaging 6.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best 50 percent from the field (43-of-86). She has shot 60 percent or better in eight  games, and 50 percent or better in 10 outings. Seabrook has three games of double-digit rebounds.

Freshman guard Brittany Wilson is averaging 8.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and is one of three Buffs -- joining Spears and Jeffery -- with at least 20 assists and 20 steals. Her 26 steals rank fourth among freshmen in the Big 12. Since entering the starting lineup against North Dakota, Wilson has averaged 12.2 points while shooting 41 percent (9-of-22) from 3-point range. She had a career-day against Iowa State, replacing Jeffery as the primary point guard. Wilson played all 45 minutes, recording career-highs with 19 points, eight rebounds and eight field-goals made.

Senior Chelsea Dale made her second career start against Oklahoma State, dishing out a career-best five assists. In eight games back from missing the fall semester with academic issues, Dale is averaging 5.5 points while grabbing 2.3 rebounds. She had a career-high with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting in the win over Colgate. Dale's 44 points in eight games is one point better than the scoring output in her first 46 career games. She made her season debut at USC, contributing 10 points and a career-best five rebounds off the bench in the loss to the Trojans.

ABOUT THE TIGERS: Missouri is 9-9 overall and 1-3 in the Big 12. The Tigers began conference play with a bang, upsetting then-No. 22 (AP)/24 (WBCA) ranked Texas 85-80 in overtime, but have lost their last three. Two of those losses have come on the road, where Missouri is just 2-5 this season. The Tigers rank near the bottom of almost every league statistical category. Missouri averages 60.7 points per game, while giving up 63.2 an outing. The Tigers are shooting 41 percent from the field and 64 percent from the free-throw line.

Senior guard RaeShara Brown is Missouri's go-to-player, leading the Tigers with 16.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game. Junior forward Christine Flores is MU's second leading scorer at 15.2 points and averages 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.  Senior forward Shakara Jones averages 9.7 points while shooting a team-best 49 percent from the floor.

SERIES RECORDS: This will be the 68th meeting between Colorado and Missouri, making it the most played series in team history (the Buffaloes will play their 68th game against Nebraska on Feb. 6). Colorado is 40-27 all-time against the Tigers, the 40 wins being the most the Buffaloes have against any one team. Colorado swept the season-series last season and has won six of the last eight meetings overall. The Buffaloes are 21-8 all-time in Boulder against the Tigers, including three of the last four.

COLORADO AND MISSOURI, LAST 10 GAMES:

Date                       Result                    Date                       Result
2/23/10 (A)            W, 80-79 OT        1/9/08 (A)               W, 70-58
1/9/10 (H)              W, 64-48               1/28/07 (A)            L, 48-61
2/28/09 (H)            L, 55-66                1/3/07 (H)              W, 71-59
1/24/09 (A)            W, 61-56               2/18/06 (H)            L, 57-72
3/5/08 (H)              W, 63-47               1/18/06 (A)            L, 49-69

BUFFS BREAK RANKING STREAK: Colorado's 66-60 overtime win over Iowa State broke a string of 24-straight losses to ranked teams and 21-game skid against teams ranked in both AP and WBCA Coaches polls (Iowa State was ranked only in the WBCA poll in one meeting last season as was Kansas State in two meetings in 2008-09). Prior to Saturday's upset, CU's last win over a ranked opponent was a 73-68 decision over No. 15/15 Kansas State on Feb. 23, 2008.

The last time the Buffaloes beat a ranked ISU team was on Jan. 23, 2002, in an 86-73 win at home. At that time, Colorado was ranked 20/19 as ISU secured a 14/10 position in the polls. Saturday's win marked the first time in history that a non-ranked Colorado team has beaten a ranked ISU squad.

JEFFERY 'STEALS' THE SHOW: Sophomore Chucky Jeffery had a career and team season-high seven steals in the win over Colgate. It's the 21st time a Buff has registered seven or more steals in a game, but the first since Damietta Velicica had seven vs. Tulane on December 6, 1997. Jeffery, leads the Big 12 at 3.3 steals per game, has had six steals in three other games this season (Regis, Evansville and Kansas) and has at least three steals in nine of 15 games.

SPEARS' STARTING STREAK: Senior Brittany Spears is scheduled to make her 111th straight start Saturday, leaving her just one behind Amy Mathern (1989-93) for the longest consecutive streak in team history. Mathern started the final 112 games of her distinguished career. Spears already holds CU's mark for most consecutive starts at the beginning of a career as she passed Lisa Van Goor (1980-85)  when she started her 101st game against Illinois on Dec. 4. With her 111th start, she move into sole possession of sixth place for overall career starts, breaking her current tie with Laurie Welch (1978-82) at 110.

SPEARS CLIMBING CAREER LADDERS: Senior guard/forward Brittany Spears scored 18 points against Iowa State, and in the process became the fourth player in team history to reach 1,800 for her career. She is now 27 points behind recent CU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Tera Bjorklund (2000-04) for third place on CU's all-time scoring list. Spears also ranks second in field-goal attempts (1,571), fourth in field-goals made (667), 3-point field-goal attempts (578) and double-doubles (28), fifth in rebounds (858) and blocked shots (131), sixth in 3-point field-goals made (196) and games started (110), seventh in minutes (3,646), eighth in steals (210), and 12th in free-throws made (301) on CU's all-time charts.

She is only the third player in team history, joining Lisa Van Goor (1980-85) and Jackie McFarland (2004-08) to record 1,800 points and 800 rebounds in a career.