Buffs Up To No. 18 In Both Women's Basketball Polls
BOULDER - Riding a nine-game winning streak, CU moved up one spot to No. 18 in both the Associated Press Women's Basketball Top 25 poll and the USA Today Sports Coaches poll this week.
CU's No. 18 ranking is its highest in nearly nine years in either poll. It's the program's best since the week of March 15, 2004, when the Buffaloes were ranked No. 17 by the AP and No. 16 in the coaches' poll.
Colorado, 24-5 overall and 13-5 in the Pac-12, received 354 points in the AP poll, up from 288 last week. The Buffaloes have resided in the AP poll for the last 12 weeks, its longest run 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 170th time Colorado has appeared in the AP poll, trailing only Stanford, USC and UCLA among Pac-12 schools.
In the coaches' poll, Colorado received a season-high 234 points, up from last week's total of 182. The Buffaloes have been in the coaches' poll for eight-straight weeks and nine overall this season. This week's ranking marks the 160th time Colorado has appeared in the coaches' poll dating back to the 1988-89 campaign.
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 last weekend's games, Stanford moved up one spot in the coaches' poll to match its No. 4 AP ranking. California moved up one spot to No. 5 in both polls. UCLA leaped three spots in each; No. 14 in the AP and No. 13 in the coaches' poll. 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. 13 by the AP and No. 15 by the coaches.
Colorado is the No. 4 seed in the 2013 Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament, March 7-10, at KeyArena in Seattle. The Buffaloes will have a first round bye and play the winner of No. 5 Washington and No. 12 Oregon on Friday, March 8, at 9:30 p.m. MST.