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Defense is the key to the success of the Lady Bears

Jan. 22, 1997

By Meghan Crona

The Lariat Reporter

When most people go to Colorado in January it is usually for a vacation filled with skiing and snow. However, Lady Bears head coach Sonja Hogg and her team travel to Boulder with the intention of taking care of business.

The Lady Bears, who have won their last two conference match-ups, hope to keep their winning streak alive by defeating conference rival, the University of Colorado tonight. The Buffaloes, who are 4-1 in conference play, have yet to lose a conference game on their home court.

'Colorado has had a great season so far,' Hogg said. 'They beat Iowa State on Saturday in double overtime, at Iowa State, which is a great win for them on the road.'

In the dramatic win over the Cyclones, the Buffs were led by veteran forward Erin Scholz. . The 6-3 senior Scholz, who is in contention for All-American honors, averaged 15.5 points and eight rebounds for the Buffs last season.

'Erin Scholz is a great player,' Hogg said.

The Bears must hold Scholz in check if they hope to avenge last season's loss to the Buffs who handed the Bears a 81-59 loss in Boulder

. 'I think we'll do good,' sophomore center Kacy Moffit said. 'After last year they'll think that we're not very strong. We're going to surprise them like we do most teams.'

Sophomore captain Toya Ellis added, 'Hopefully, Colorado will overlook us and we can take advantage on the offensive side.'

The Lady Bears, however, don't plan on changing anything in their game plan, which has led them to a 10-5 season.

'We are going to go with our game plan, the same things that have been productive all season,' Hogg said.

The success that the team is having this year is due to their team defense. The Oklahoma Sooners learned just how powerful the Bears defense was last Saturday.

The Bears' defense led to 20 second-half turnovers by the Sooners which led to Oklahoma's fourth conference loss.

'Our defense has picked up this year,' Ellis said.

Ellis, along with Moffit and Amy Alcala, form a trio of sophomore starters for the Bears. Their freshmen season helped this trio gain the necessary experience needed at the colegiate level.

The year of experience was apparent in the Bear's last game as all three were among the top scorers.

'We're more mature and know how to handle pressure situations,' Ellis said.

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