Buffs Maintain Solid Footing In Both Polls
BOULDER - Following competitive losses to a pair of top 10 teams, the University of Colorado remained at No. 23 in the USA Today Sports Women's Basketball Coaches poll released on Tuesday.
On Monday, Colorado slid two spots to No. 22 in the Associated Press Women's Basketball Top 25 poll.
Colorado, 15-4 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-12 Conference, received 64 points in the coaches' poll, down from 113 last week. The Buffaloes have been in the coaches' poll for three-straight weeks and four overall this season. The current No. 23 ranking, held for the last two weeks, is Colorado's highest spot in the coaches' rankings since coming in at No. 16 in the March 15, 2004 poll. This week's ranking marks the 155th time Colorado has appeared in the coaches' poll dating back to the 1988-89 campaign.
Colorado received 205 points in the AP poll, down only 75 from last week. The Buffaloes have resided in the AP poll for the last seven weeks, reaching as high as No. 20 twice - Dec. 31 and Jan. 21. CU's seven-week run in the AP poll is its longest since appearing in all 19 polls of the 2003-04 season. 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 165th time Colorado has appeared in the AP poll, trailing only Stanford, USC and UCLA among Pac-12 schools.
All four losses of Colorado's losses this season have been to league rivals Stanford and California, ranked No. 7 or better in each meeting.? After this weekend's games, Stanford moved up two spots in the AP poll to No. 4 and one in the coaches' poll to No. 5. California moved up one spot in both polls to No. 6. The Buffaloes do have one top 10 win on their resume, a 70-66 win over then-No. 8 Louisville on Dec. 14. The Cardinals are currently ranked No. 12 in both polls.
Colorado will play its third-straight ranked opponent with a visit to No. 18 (AP)/19 (USAT) UCLA on Friday, Feb. 1, at 9 p.m. MT. The Buffaloes will conclude their four-game California swing at USC on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. MT. Both contests will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.