No. 22 Buffs Start the Week at Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The No. 22 Colorado Buffaloes open the first of what is now two four-game road trips, traveling to Oregon State on Monday. The game was rescheduled from the original Dec. 31 date.
Colorado (13-1, 2-1 Pac-12) will be eager to get back to action after suffering its first loss of the season on Friday. The Buffs came out hard against No. 2 Stanford and led by as many as 11 in the first quarter, but couldn't maintain the scorching start.
"I told the team I didn't expect us to go 35-0 this year," head coach JR Payne said after the loss. "Honestly, at some point, we were going to lose a game. Stanford is one of the best teams in America, not just this year but every year."
The rescheduled game offers CU a chance to get right back on the court. The Buffs originally had California on the docket for Sunday, but COVID issues prevented the Bears from traveling. OSU, who has only played once since Dec. 19, had its weekend finale against ASU postponed, allowing for the Pac-12 to announce Monday's game late last week.
"We are talking it [the loss to Stanford] as fuel," senior Lesila Finau commented. "We know we should have won that Stanford game. There are some things we know we could have done better. We game Stanford way too many offensive boards and that's how they got back into the game."
Friday's ruckus crowd of 3,744 at the CU Events Center was the largest for a CU women's game since 2018. The support from Buff Nation didn't go unnoticed with senior Peanut Tuitele calling the atmosphere "ecstatic."
Now the Buffs have to prepare to play away from home for its next four games, making trips to Arizona State, Arizona and Utah before the next home date against Utah on Jan. 30. CU hasn't been on the road since Dec. 7, when it traveled to Southern Utah.
"We just need to make sure we have a lot of focus," Finau added. "Going on the road can be tiring sometimes. We just have to take this time and really focus."
The Buffs are no stranger to chaotic schedules. Earlier this season, CU played five games in 10 days – including a pair of back-to-back contests. For the Buffs, three games in seven days is just business as usual.
"The fact that we've already had to go through a short window with a lot of games and had success [5-0] through the adversity is a great bonus for us," Payne explained. "I think the fact that we are a veteran ballclub helps give us the confidence to get through a stretch like this."
The Buffs will hit the court at Gill Coliseum for a 3 p.m. MT start. The game will be streamed online at CUBuffs.com/WatchWBB. Cory Lopez will have the call on the Colorado Radio Network and 630 KHOW locally, starting at 2:30 p.m. MT.