Buffs Visit Air Force on Sunday
USAFA, Colo. – The early season road trip for the Colorado women's basketball team continues on Sunday with a stop at Air Force. The Buffaloes and Falcons will meet for the second straight season, tipping off at 2 p.m. MT
Both teams started the season with victories. The Buffs got off to a strong start with a 55-45 win at Oklahoma State on Wednesday. The Falcons had to battle back from a 13-point deficit to defeat Denver 79-62.
Colorado owns a 6-0 record against Air Force. The Buffs blew the Falcons out of the CU Events Center last season, 88-46, in the second of two nonconference games CU played last season. Sunday will be the third meeting between the two schools since head coach JR Payne took over in the 2016-17 season.
"Any academy, but Air Force, in particular, is so well-coached and so tough, fearless and together, there's a lot of challenges playing AFA," Payne explained. "The biggest challenge for me is just the way they play. They will never wilt. They will never crumble. They will never give up. We must understand that. They're tough and fearless. We want that in our military so I'm glad that they are like that, but it makes it difficult to play against."
The Buffs shot 62.1 percent (36-58) in last season's matchup, holding AFA to just 25.0 shooting (14-56). Five different Colorado plays scored in double figures, led by Mya Hollingshed's 17 points. CU's 88 points held up as the most scored by the Buffs last season. CU also had season-highs in field goals made (36) and steals (15).
CU will be at home for its next six games following Air Force on Sunday. The Buffs make their 2021-22 home debut on Friday (7 p.m.) against Marquette. The team's next road contest won't be until Dec. 7, at Southern Utah.
Sunday's game will be streamed on the Mountain West Network. Cory Lopez will have the radio call on AM 630 locally and across the Colorado Radio Network with the pregame starting at 1:30 p.m.