Arielle Roberson wasn't out of the lineup long, but she said, "It felt like it! Two games!"

Hopefully for Roberson and the Colorado women's basketball team, her concussion will turn out to be merely a small mark on a great season.

"I'm getting back in the flow of things more today in practice," Roberson said earlier this week. "It felt normal."

The sophomore forward suffered a concussion late in a Nov. 20 win against Iowa. Three days later, she sat in bed while her teammates were in Albuquerque beating New Mexico.

"It was definitely tough," she said. "That's my team and I want to travel with them."

She also missed the Nov. 29 game against South Alabama, but got back on the court on Saturday night against Rice. She came off the bench to score nine points and pull down seven rebounds in 25 minutes.

"I was a bit winded, especially in the first half," she said. "Lying around in bed, trying to sleep, that takes a toll on your conditioning."

By Monday, however, Roberson said, "I just feel I'm getting back in shape."

That's good news for CU (6-0), which could use 6-foot-1 forward.

Roberson was the Pac-12 freshman of the year after posting 12.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season.

She is off to a great start this season, too, averaging 10.3 points and 7.3 boards. She's also increased her assists from 0.9 to 2.8 and she's playing great defense.

"I always like her aggressiveness," CU head coach Linda Lappe said.


"She gives us a presence inside.

"Defensively, I like the fact that she can guard really anybody. I feel like she really helps our defense and our rebounding."

Despite her short time out of the lineup, Roberson is also pleased with the progress she has made since last season.

"I'm a lot more patient than I was last year," she said. "I had a lot of turnovers, especially early in the season (last year), but I think I'm doing a lot better with that. With me slowing myself down, it's making me read the defense a lot better."

Roberson is expected to be on the court tonight when the Buffaloes play at Wyoming.

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