2012 NCAA Womens Basketball – New Mexico Lobos vs Colorado Buffaloes

For my last basketball game of 2012 I stayed after the Men’s game at Boulder to shoot the Women’s game (Colorado is ranked 23 in the AP poll) against the New Mexico Lobos.

December 29, 2012: University of New Mexico Lobos freshman guard BRYCE OWENS (12) brings the ball up court in first half action of the NCAA Womens Basketball game between the University of New Mexico Lobos and the Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Event Center in Boulder Colorado (Carl Auer)

I was disappointed that so many people left after the Men’s game. It would have been nice to see more support for the ranked Women. The super buff fans did actually come (back from winter break) to the girls game, which was nice because they are a big part of my project I have started working on for early next year.

December 29, 2012: Colorado Buffaloes senior guard CHUCKY JEFFERY (23) grabs a rebound in the first half of the NCAA Womens Basketball game between the University of New Mexico Lobos and the Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Event Center in Boulder Colorado (Carl Auer)

I was able to run over to the student section and pitch my idea to the super fans, and they seemed to be onboard. I gave them a card and am anxiously awaiting them to email me back.

December 29, 2012: As time runs out on the shot clock, University of New Mexico Lobos junior forward CHINYERE NNAJI (35) dives after the ball she just had knocked away by Colorado Buffaloes sophomore forward JEN REESE (34) in first half action of the NCAA Womens Basketball game between the University of New Mexico Lobos and the Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Event Center in Boulder Colorado (Carl Auer)

So I found out that the kid dancing in the video I posted a week ago is the son of the Men’s basketball coach.  I may have to try to do a real feature on him later on.  He was gone for the girls game, and a bunch of girls replaced him and the other ball boys.  I started to looking around and realized a majority of the fans that were here for the women’s game were teenage or younger girls.  The Coors Event Center started to look like a Justin Bieber concert.

December 29, 2012: University of New Mexico Lobos sophomore guard ANTIESHA BROWN (15) takes a shot past the defense of Colorado Buffaloes junior center RACHEL HARGIS (40) in action of the NCAA Womens Basketball game between the University of New Mexico Lobos and the Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Event Center in Boulder Colorado (Carl Auer)

I had not shot a women’s NCAA game in a few years, and these games are so different from high school girls games.  The girls are big (many around 6′ tall), and they would whip some of the boys high school teams I shoot.

December 29, 2012: Colorado Buffaloes senior guard CHUCKY JEFFERY (23) splits the defense for a shot in the NCAA Womens Basketball game between the University of New Mexico Lobos and the Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Event Center in Boulder Colorado (Carl Auer)

The point guard for Colorado, Chuck Jeffery is tough.  She is a great all around player.  Bringing the ball up, distributing the ball or taking it to the hole herself, crashing the boards, and tough on defense.  She is the whole package and other teams would be smart to double team her, because one on one, I think there are very few players in the Pac-12 that will be able to match up with her.

December 29, 2012: University of New Mexico Lobos senior forward JOURDAN ERSKINE (14) blocks the shot of Colorado Buffaloes senior guard CHUCKY JEFFERY (23) in the second half of the NCAA Womens Basketball game between the University of New Mexico Lobos and the Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Event Center in Boulder Colorado (Carl Auer)

I noticed the cheerleaders had changed a bit from the Men’s game.  The group that normally stands in front of me before the men’s game starts were now here.  It looks like with the double header, the cheer squads split duties for the games.

December 29, 2012: Colorado Buffaloes junior guard ASHLEY WILSON (12) in action of the NCAA Womens Basketball game between the University of New Mexico Lobos and the Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Event Center in Boulder Colorado (Carl Auer)

My cheer shots got a bit better for the girls game, but more importantly, I grabbed some good action.  Because of it being a double header, I only shot the first 10 minutes of the first half.  Colorado was dominating the Lobos on both sides of the court.

December 29, 2012: Colorado Buffaloes sophomore forward JEN REESE (34) slices to the hoop for a shot against University of New Mexico Lobos senior guard JAYME JACKSON (21) in the second half of the NCAA Womens Basketball game between the University of New Mexico Lobos and the Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Event Center in Boulder Colorado (Carl Auer)

I headed into the media room, which had now been vacated by most of the other photographers.  In fact, it was me, one of the team photographers, and a daily news photographer.  I downloaded and transmitted first half photos, and then headed back out during half time to prepare to shoot the second half.

December 29, 2012: A Colorado cheerleader leads the fans in a cheer during a time out in second half action of the NCAA Womens Basketball game between the University of New Mexico Lobos and the Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Event Center in Boulder Colorado (Carl Auer)

Colorado continued their domination over New Mexico when the second half started.  I shot about 10 minutes of the second half, and headed back to the media room.  It was light work for me, and I felt pretty happy with my shots.

December 29, 2012: Colorado Buffaloes senior guard CHUCKY JEFFERY (23) lays in a shot against University of New Mexico Lobos freshman guard BRYCE OWENS (12) in the second half of the NCAA Womens Basketball game between the University of New Mexico Lobos and the Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Event Center in Boulder Colorado (Carl Auer)

After downloading and transmitting my photos, I packed up my gear, having shot my last basketball game of 2012.  Hoping the 2013 will bring me success and sales and maybe a full time photo gig.

December 29, 2012: Colorado Buffaloes freshman forward ARIELLE ROBERSON (32) runs into University of New Mexico Lobos freshman post WHITNEY JOHNSON (34) in the second half of the NCAA Womens Basketball game between the University of New Mexico Lobos and the Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Event Center in Boulder Colorado (Carl Auer)

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