Buffs Excited for Tuesday's Exhibition
BOULDER – The first chance to catch the Colorado women's basketball team in action in the 2022-23 season comes in an exhibition tune-up against Adams State on Tuesday (6 p.m. MT).
The Buffaloes haven't been in front of a home crowd since the team's regular-season finale last season against Oregon State. JR Payne's crew will look a little different to fans, showcasing some new faces and names.
"We are extremely excited to be playing tomorrow night," Payne stated. "It feels like we've been practicing forever and we can't wait to play against someone else. We have such a great blend of veterans and new players and we've been anxious to get them on the court together in a live setting."
Colorado, who was picked to finish eighth last week in the Pac-12, will look to veterans Quay Miller and Jaylyn Sherrod to guide the Buffs in the early goings of the new season. Miller, a preseason Lisa Leslie Award Watch List selection and last season's Pac-12 Sixth Player of the Year, returns as CU's leading scorer (10.6 ppg). Sherrod was CU's lone Preseason All-Conference selection and will look to command the floor in her fourth year in Boulder.
"When I got it [Sixth Player of the Year] I was like 'That's cool, but now what?" Miller said at last week's Pac-12 Media Day. "What do I do with this and how can the team and I get better?"
The Buffs will also feature a lot of Kindyll Wetta who will look to build on her successful freshman season. Wetta was the first Pac-12 player since moving to a 12-team conference to land on both the All-Defensive team and the All-Freshman team. Wetta closed last season ranked second in the Pac-12 in both steals (66) and steals per game (2.13), but has worked on building her offensive prowess.
"I am obviously going to try and bring the same defensive performance that I did last year," Wetta noted. "But I have really been working on my offensive game and just learning how to develop and score in different ways in our offense. That's what my main focus this offseason was."
Colorado used its 10-day trip to Spain in August as quick introduction period for the team's four new additions, Ally Fitzgerald, Lizzie Holder, Aaronette Vonleh and Jada Wynn, to get used to their new surroundings. Thre group, made up of three freshman and a transfer, will get plenty of time in the rotation.
"We have players that are still adjusting to the pace and tempo of what we're doing," Payne said of the group. "Aaronette Vonleh is going to be hugely impactful for us. She's not a freshman, but she is a new player for us. You know, Brianna McLeod from Toronto, is playing really well right now. I think it's most important for new players to figure out what is their role? They can't do what they did in high school. It just doesn't work at the same pace. What can they do you now, that will be successful."
Colorado will have six days to prepare for its home opener following Tuesday's exhibition. The Buffs will open the regular season on Nov. 7 against New Mexico State (Noon MT).
Tuesday's game will not be live-streamed, but fans can follow along on CULiveStats.com. Tickets can also be purchased at CUBuffs.com/Tickets.