CU women’s basketball preview: Northern Colorado

MATCHUP: Northern Colorado Bears at Colorado Buffaloes

GAME TIME: Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Coors Events Center in Boulder

BROADCAST: Online – Radio – KHOW 630 AM

COACHES: Colorado – JR Payne, 3rd season (32-32; 133-145 career). UNC – Jenny Huth, 1st season.

LEADERS (top returners from 2017-18 season): Colorado – Scoring: G Kennedy Leonard, Sr., 14.7 ppg; Rebounding: F Annika Jank, So., 6.9 rpg; Assists: Leonard, 6.5 apg. UNC – Scoring: G Savannah Smith, Sr., 18.5 ppg; Rebounds: G Krystal Leger-Walker, Jr., 4.0 rpg; Assists: Leger-Walker, 3.5 apg.

NOTABLE: This is the season opener for both teams. CU defeated Southern Nazarene, 93-43, in an exhibition on Oct. 29. … The Buffs return four starters from last year. … UNC was 26-7 a year ago, earning its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. … UNC head coach Jenny (Roulier) Huth was a star player at CU from 1998-02, earning All-Big 12 honors three times. She helped the Buffs reach the NCAA Elite Eight during her senior year. A Cherry Creek High School graduate, she was an assistant at UCLA over the past seven seasons. … CU leads the all-time series with the Bears, 12-6, including an 83-62 win on Nov. 11, 2016.