Buffs Ranked In Both Polls For Fourth-Straight Week
BOULDER - Following a Southern California split, the University of Colorado slid down two spots to No. 25 in the USA Today Sports Women's Basketball Coaches poll released on Tuesday.
On Monday, Colorado moved up one spot to No. 21 in the Associated Press Women's Basketball Top 25 poll.
Colorado, 16-5 overall and 5-5 in the Pac-12 Conference, received 64 points in the coaches' poll, the same amount as last week, but point shifts with other teams put the Buffaloes at No. 25. The Buffaloes have been in the coaches' poll for four-straight weeks and five overall this season. Colorado reached a season-high of No. 23 in the coaches' poll twice, in consecutive weeks, Jan. 22 and Jan. 29. This week's ranking marks the 156th time Colorado has appeared in the coaches' poll dating back to the 1988-89 campaign.
Colorado received 162 points in the AP poll, down from 205 last week. The Buffaloes have resided in the AP poll for the last eight weeks, reaching as high as No. 20 twice -- Dec. 31 and Jan. 21. CU's eight-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 166th time Colorado has appeared in the AP poll, trailing only Stanford, USC and UCLA among Pac-12 schools.
All five of Colorado's losses have been to ranked teams, including two each to Stanford and California ranked No. 7 or better at the time. After this weekend's games, Stanford remained at No. 4 AP and No. 5 coaches, and California stayed at No. 6 in both polls. UCLA jumped up one spot in each poll, No. 17 AP and No. 18 coaches. 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. 11 in both polls.
Colorado returns home for the first time in three weeks as the Buffaloes will host the Oregon schools. Colorado will face Oregon State on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. and host Oregon on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1:30 p.m.
Friday is CU's annual Play 4 Kay Breast Cancer Awareness game where fans are encouraged to wear pink and take advantage of $3 ticket specials and a free pink t-shirt to the first 1,500 fans. Sunday is the annual State Farm game where tickets are available through local State Farm agents. See CUBuffs.com/statefarm for more information.