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2015 Pac-12 Women's Basketball Media Day: Inspired by the Denver Broncos, Colorado focusing on defense in 2015-16

Oct 14, 2015
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SAN FRANCISCO — Linda Lappe said the 2014-15 Colorado team was the best offensive team she’s had since becoming the head coach in 2010, as the Buffs averaged 69 points per game last year. However, it was also the worst defensive team Lappe has had – the Buffs gave up the most points in her tenure, allowing 68 points per contest to the opposition.

The end result? A 15-17 season, the worst record and the first losing season for the Buffs under Lappe.

As a result, the sixth-year commander in chief in Boulder wants her team to return to the “Colorado Way” – intense defense that focuses on ball pressure, rebounding and players moving their feet on defense.

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“Defense is really our staple,” Lappe said at 2015 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Media Day. “We changed our defensive philosophy a bit last year, and it was the worst team I’ve ever had, so we’re getting back to our philosophy.”

Lappe said the Buffs are getting inspiration this year from the nearby Denver Broncos. The Broncos are 30th out of 32 teams in the NFL in total offense but are second in scoring defense. The result is a 5-0 start that has the Broncos in first place in the AFC West by three games.

“If we can get stops, I know we’ll be able to win because we have players who score the ball,” Lappe said.