Buffs Achieve First Dual Ranking Since 2004
BOULDER - The University of Colorado debuted at No. 25 in the USA Today Sports Top 25 women's basketball coaches poll released on Tuesday.
Colorado is ranked in the coaches' poll for the first time since coming in at No. 24 in the final poll of the 2003-04 season (April 2004). That was also the last time the Buffaloes were ranked in both major women's basketball polls, finishing 17th in the final Associated Press poll that year.
Colorado moved up three spots to No. 20 in the latest AP poll released Monday.
The Buffaloes had received votes in the previous two coaches polls, finally cracking the top 25 Tuesday with 60 votes. This week's ranking marks the 152nd time Colorado has appeared in the coaches' poll dating back to the 1988-89 campaign.
Colorado is 11-0 and one of only four remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I - all of which reside in both top 25 polls (No. 1 UConn, No. 3/4 Duke, No. 13/12 Oklahoma State).
In the AP poll, Colorado received 224 votes - up from 156 last week - to make its third-straight appearance and highest ranking since that No. 17 showing in the final AP poll of the 2003-04 season (March 15, 2004).
The Buffaloes have a long history of rankings in the AP poll, dating back to the 1980-81 season. This week's ranking marks the 161st time Colorado has appeared in the AP poll, trailing only Stanford, USC and UCLA among Pac-12 Conference schools. The current three-week run in the poll is the Buffaloes longest since a four-week stretch from Dec. 24, 2007-Jan. 14, 2008.
Colorado will open Pac-12 Conference play this weekend with a pair of top-10 opponents coming to Boulder. The Buffaloes host defending league champion and No. 4 (AP)/3 (USAT) ranked Stanford on Friday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m. and then will welcome in No. 7 (AP & USAT) California on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 12 p.m.