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Buffs Set Non-Conference Slate

Sep 20, 2021

BOULDER – Head coach JR Payne and the Colorado women's basketball team announced an 11-game non-conference schedule, that includes the return of the team's Rocky Mountain Hoops Classic on Monday. 

 Colorado will host eight home contests at the CU Events Center before jumping into Pac-12 play. Teams from the Big Ten, Big West, Big East and the American Athletic Conference highlight some of the home dates. 

"I believe this year's schedule will provide our team the mental and physical challenges that it will take to truly prepare us for the rigors of playing in the Pac-12 Conference," Payne explained.  

CU will host Colorado School of Mines in an exhibition leading up to the season on Nov. 1.  

The Buffs' official start to the 2021-22 season starts with two road matchups. This season marks the first time CU will start away from Boulder since the 2017-18 season. The Buffs will open the season visiting old Big 12 rival Oklahoma State on Nov. 10. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since CU departed for the Pac-12. Colorado will return to the Centennial State for game No. 2, driving down to Air Force on Nov. 14.  

"We are extremely excited about our preseason schedule this year," Payne commented. "Opening at Oklahoma State and Air Force will be a challenging way to start the season, but we are ready for that challenge." 

CU's first home game of the season will be on Nov. 19 against Marquette. Colorado is 1-1 all-time against the Golden Eagles. It will be MU's third trip to Boulder, previously making the trip for the 1994 NCAA Tournament (CU, 77-74) and the 2008 WNIT (MU, 86-72). 

Colorado will play two more home games against Samford (Nov. 22) and Texas Southern (Nov. 23), leading up to Thanksgiving.  

The Rocky Mountain Hoops Classic returns for the first time since 2017. The Buffs will play host to Boise State, Louisiana Tech and Wisconsin. Each team will play two pre-determined games, with Colorado's opponents being Louisiana Tech (Nov. 27) and Wisconsin (Nov. 28).  

"We are thrilled that we could bring our Thanksgiving tournament back to Boulder," Payne added. "It's great to be able to include teams from different parts of the country in Boise State, LA Tech and Wisconsin." 

Colorado's remaining home games come against Dixie State (Dec. 3), Southern Methodist (Dec. 17) and San Francisco (Dec. 20).  

Coach Payne will return to Southern Utah when the Buffs visit Cedar City on Dec. 8.  

The Pac-12 previously released its weekly pairings with CU opening conference play on the road at Oregon and Oregon State the weekend of Dec. 31-Jan. 2. Specific times and dates will be announced at a later date.  

The Buffaloes will hold their first official practice of the season on Sept. 30. 





Time (MT) 

Nov. 1 

Colorado Mines (Exh.)

CU Events Center 

7 p.m. 

Nov. 10 

Oklahoma State 

Stillwater, Okla.  

7:30 p.m. 

Nov. 14 

Air Force 

USAFA, Colo. 

2 p.m. 

Nov. 19 


CU Events Center 

7 p.m. 

Nov. 22 


CU Events Center 

6 p.m. 

Nov. 23 

Texas Southern 

CU Events Center 

6 p.m. 

Nov. 26 

Boise State vs LA Tech 

CU Events Center 

2 p.m. 

Nov. 27 

LA Tech 

CU Events Center 

1 p.m. 

Nov. 27 

Wisconsin vs Boise State 

CU Events Center 

3:30 p.m. 

Nov. 28 


CU Events Center 


Dec. 3 

Dixie State 

CU Events Center 

7 p.m. 

Dec. 8 

Southern Utah 

Cedar City, Utah 

6:30 p.m. 

Dec. 17 


CU Events Center 

6 p.m. 

Dec. 20 

San Francisco 

CU Events Center 

1 p.m.