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Colorado Makes Pit Stop at Home Against AFA

Nov 18, 2022

BOULDER – Colorado women's basketball makes a quick stop back at the CU Events Center for its fourth game in eight days on Saturday. The Buffaloes will host Air Force (2 p.m. MT), before heading back out on the road.

Colorado (3-1) dropped its first contest of the season at Texas Tech on Wednesday. The Buffs got called for the second-most fouls in program history (34), leading to 41 free-throw attempts for the Lady Raiders. CU struggled to adjust to all the whistles and was never able to find a consistent rhythm.

"We have to take ownership in our role in everything that happens, good or bad," head coach JR Payne expressed about the overtime loss. "I think we should celebrate our successes and prioritize learning from areas where we didn't perform the way we wanted. There's a ton of things we can learn from a game like that."

The Buffs and Falcons have met in each of the last two seasons and seven times in all. Colorado has never dropped a game to Air Force, owning a 7-0 record. Last season's contest at the Academy was the breakout game for Quay Miller. She had 17 points and helped lead the Buffs to a hard-fought 58-53 win.

Air Force (3-0) has gotten off to its best start since the 2005-06 season. The Falcons have wins over Denver, Navy and Adams State. Consistent with years past, Air Force has been pesky on defense and disciplined with the ball on offense. AFA ranks fourth in the NCAA in steals per game (16.7) and is forcing 24.3 turnovers per game (32nd NCAA). The Falcons are 12th in the country with a 12.0 turnover margin.

"Both teams want to play with discipline," Payne explained. "Last time we played, we did not show a lot of discipline. It's an area that we have to be able to prioritize and fix pretty quickly. Air Force is always a really tough team to play. I don't know that we'll be able too many turnovers because they take care of the ball really well. But if we can be disciplined in our defensive philosophies and goals, then I still expect us to be able to defend well."

Early on, the Buffs have been shooting the ball well. The Buffs have shot 48.1% from the floor through four games and 41.2% from 3-point range. Nine different players have made a 3 this season, led by nine apiece from Frida Formann and Quay Miller. Nationally, the Buffs rank 21st in 3-point shooting %, while Miller is second in the nation, hitting 81.8% from deep.

"We need balance in everything that we're doing," Payne added. "We want to take and learn what is a great shot for our team. What's a good shot for me individually, but also what's a great team shot? I think that's an area that we need to prioritize and grow in. We want our players to be confident shooting the ball and feel good about it."

The Saturday afternoon matchup will be streamed on CUBuffs.com/WatchWBB. Cory Lopez and Carol Callan will once again have the call on the stream, the Varsity app and the Colorado Radio Network.

Fans through the door on Saturday will receive a CU Basketball apron (while supplies last).