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National Girls & Women In Sports Day Sunday

Feb 23, 2013

BOULDER - The University of Colorado Athletic Department is proud to announce that its annual celebration of National Girls & Women In Sports Day will happen on Sunday, Feb. 24, prior to the CU Women's Basketball home game against the University of Washington. 

Beginning at 12 p.m., CU is inviting all kids in 8th grade and under to be a part of the celebration and then see the women's basketball game for free. 

National Girls & Women In Sports Day was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to honor female athletic achievement and recognize the importance of sports and fitness participation for all girls and women. 

Prior to the basketball game, attendees will participate in skills and fitness stations run by CU female student-athletes. The skills and fitness stations will be held from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in Colorado's basketball and volleyball practice facility at the Coors Events Center.

The first 500 kids who complete the stations will earn a free CU T-shirt. Following the skills stations, stick around and cheer on the Buffs as they tipoff against Washington at 2 p.m.

All activities, including the women's basketball game are FREE for kids participating in the skills stations  and accompanying adults.  To receive free general admission you must enter the Coors Events Center through the street level entrance between 12 and 12:45 p.m. After 12:45 p.m. fans can purchase tickets to the game at the regular rates.

For more information or questions please feel free to contact Kyle Geddes at 303-492-6414.

ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED:

12 p.m.

Doors Open 

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Skills & Fitness Stations Hosted by CU Female Student-Athletes in Practice Gym

2 p.m.

CU Women's Basketball vs. Washington

THE GAME: No. 20 (AP)/23 (USA Today Sports/Coaches) ranked University of Colorado plays its final regular season home game by hosting the University of Washington on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Coors Events Center.

BROADCAST: Sunday's game will be broadcast live on KKZN AM 760. Mike Rice will have the play-by-play with Carol Callan of USA Basketball providing the color commentary. A live video stream will be available on the Pac-12 Digital platform at Pac-12.com at this link: http://pac-12.com/live/cubuffs.aspx. The live stream is free to the public and not tied to a Pac-12 Network carrier.

OPENING TIP: In Colorado's last six home games, all conference wins, the Buffaloes are enjoying a 20-point margin of victory (67.8 to 47.8 ppg), a +12.2 rebound margin and averaging 11.5 steals per game. CU has held its opponents to 29.4 percent from the field during this same span.

ABOUT THE BUFFALOES: Colorado is 21-5 overall and in fifth place in the Pac-12 at 10-5. The Buffaloes, who have equalled their win total from 2011-12 (21-14), have a 20-win season for the 19th time in team history and have their most wins in the regular season since the 2003-04 team won 22 (finished 22-8). CU also has double-digit conference wins for the first time since 2003-04 (11-5 in the Big 12). The Buffaloes are just one game out of third place trailing UCLA and Sunday's opponent, Washington, both at 11-4. UCLA hosts USC on Sunday.

Colorado has won six straight, matching its longest win streak within conference games since the 2003-04 team had a similar run during Big 12 play. All five of Colorado's losses have come to ranked teams, four against Stanford and California, ranked No. 7 or better at the time. The combined record of the three teams the Buffaloes have lost to this year is 69-10 with six of those losses coming against each other. UCLA was swept by Cal and Stanford. The Bay Area schools split their series earlier this season.

Colorado averages 66.1 points per game on 40.8 percent shooting from the field. Defensively, CU allows 53.3 points and has held opponents to 34.4 percent shooting for the year. Colorado ranks second in the Pac-12 in rebounding margin at +9.0 and ranked 10th in the nation through games of Feb. 21. The Buffaloes rank among the top five in the Pac-12 in 15 of 21 statistical categories including second in scoring defense (53.3 ppg), field-goal percentage defense (.344) and steals (10.1 spg)

All-Pac-12 guard Chucky Jeffery leads the team in scoring (13.3 ppg), assists (4.1 apg), rebounds (8.4 rpg) and steals (2.4 spg). Jeffery had a balanced line in the win over Washington State with 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. She recorded her eighth double-double of the season, and 28th of her career with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win at Arizona State. On the Pac-12 leaderboard Jeffery ranks fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3), fifth in rebounding, assists and steals, sixth in defensive rebounds (6.2 drpg), 11th in free-throw percentage (.723), 12th in scoring and 15th in offensive rebounds (2.2 orpg).

Redshirt freshman forward Arielle Roberson is second on the team and ranks 18th in the Pac-12 in scoring at 12.2 points per game. She recorded her first career double-double leading Colorado with 17 points and a personal-best 13 rebounds in the win over Washington State. A three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, Roberson tops the Buffaloes in free-throws made and attempted (78-of-120) and also ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and fourth in steals (1.0 spg). Roberson ranks ninth in offensive rebounds (2.8 orpg) and 20th in overall rebounding on the Pac-12 leaderboard.

Junior guard Brittany Wilson ranks second on the team in steals (1.3 spg) and assists (2.3 apg) while coming in fourth in scoring at 8.4 points per contest. She pitched in with nine points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal against Washington State. Wilson is second on the team in 3-pointers made (26) and has hit 80 percent from the free-throw line, ranking third on the league leaderboard.

Sophomore forward Jen Reese has made a successful return from an eye injury that kept her out of the final nine games of 2011-12. She is third on the team in scoring (8.4 ppg) and rebounding (4.8 rpg) while hitting 44 percent from the field and a team-best 82.5 percent from the foul line. Reese had the best two-game stretch of her career on the Arizona trip. For the weekend she averaged 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds while hitting 61 percent from the field (14-of-23). She recorded a career-high 22 points in the win at Arizona State, including a personal and team season-best 8-of-8 from the foul line.

Junior center Rachel Hargis is the only Buffalo to start all 25 games. A career 33 percent shooter entering the season, Hargis has made the most of her opportunity hitting 45.0 percent. She tied a season-best with seven rebounds at Arizona State and has picked up the pace defensively. Hargis has 12 steals in the last six games and she leads CU in blocked shots with 29, ranking ninth in the Pac-12 at 1.1 per outing.

Sophomore Lexy Kresl leads Colorado in 3-pointers with 31 and is averaging 6.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. She scored in double figures for the fourth time this year with 12 points against Oregon. Kresl has been solid on the defensive side as well, recording 12 steals over the last six contests. She ranks 11th in the Pac-12 in 3-pointers made (1.2 3mpg).

Colorado's balance has served them well this season. Aside from Roberson and Jeffery averaging in double figures, six others average between three and nine points per game.  In the home win over Arizona, nine different Buffaloes scored between six and 12 points. At California, nine different Buffs also scored, with seven netting between five and 11 points. Against Oregon eight players scored at least six points. With freshman Jamee Swan leading the team at Stanford with 14 points, she became the sixth different player to lead CU in scoring in a game this year.

ABOUT THE HUSKIES: Washington is 19-7 overall and tied with UCLA for third place in the Pac-12 at 11-4. The Huskies saw their three-game win streak snapped Friday night, falling 60-46 at Utah.  Washington exploded for 97 points in its win over Oregon on Feb. 15, but has been held under 50 in the last two, combining for 95 points in a road win at Oregon State and the Utah loss. The Huskies lead the Pac-12 in 3-point shooting at 8.5 per game on 34.1 percent from long range.

Sophomore guard Jazmine Davis tops Washington and ranks second in the Pac-12 in scoring at 19.6 points per game. Senior guard Kristi Kingma averages 14.0 points and leads the Huskies' 3-point efforts with a league-best 3.0 per game. She set a Pac-12 record with 11 3-pointers against Oregon on Feb. 15. Sophomore forward Aminah Williams paces Washington at 11.1 rebounds per game while scoring 9.1 per contest.

Kevin McGuff is in his second year at Washington with a record of 39-21. He is in his 11th year overall as a head coach with a 253-94 mark.

THE SERIES: This will be the 10th meeting between Colorado and Washington with the Buffaloes holding a 6-3 series lead. Washington won the first ever Pac-12 meeting between the two schools, a 75-67 decision in Seattle last season. Prior to that game, Colorado had won the last five in the series. The Buffaloes are 2-1 at home against Washington and welcome the Huskies to Boulder for the first time since a 78-64 win on Dec. 9, 2003.

Linda Lappe is 0-1 against Washington as a head coach. Kevin McGuff is 1-0 against Colorado.