December 1, 2005

Vlasin, Barbour Featured Guests On Women In Sports Radio Program

Dec. 1, 2005

GREELEY, Colo. - University of Northern Colorado women's basketball head coach Ron Vlasin and junior forward Heather Barbour will be the featured guests at 9 a.m. on Saturday on the radio program Women In Sports, airing on ESPN Radio 560-AM.

Barbour, who played high school hoops at Arapahoe in Littleton, is averaging 11 points and four rebounds per game. After missing most of the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons with a leg injury, Barbour is at full strength and has been able to show her explosiveness on the court. In the Bears' 88-64 victory over the Cal State-Fullerton on Nov. 20, Barbour dropped in a career-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting. She followed that up with 13 points and eight rebounds in Northern Colorado's 65-55 win over the Big Ten's Illinois on Nov. 23.

Vlasin is in his fifth season at the helm of Northern Colorado women's basketball and has a 57-58 record. Prior to Northern Colorado, Vlasin was one of the most successful boys high school basketball coaches ever in Colorado, winning a total of nine state championships. He has a total of 603 career wins as a head coach.

The Bears are 3-2 on the season and have wins over the Big Ten's Illinois and the Big East's Marquette and finished as the runner-up at the Wingate Classic in Bozeman, Mont. Northern Colorado is in its third year of a four year reclassification to Division I, and it is also in its last season as an independent before joining the Big Sky Conference next season. The Bears are No. 59 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index, which is higher than any team in the Big Sky.

Northern Colorado faces off against the Nevada Wolfpack at 7 p.m. on Friday in the first round of the Nugget Classic in Reno, Nev. The Bears will then take on either Gonzaga or Northwestern State at 2 or 4 p.m. on Saturday. Both games will be broadcast live on The Bears Radio Network (Flagship Station: 1310-AM KFKA in Greeley) and can be accessed free of charge on UNCBears.com.