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Games thread- #4 WOMEN'S BBall hosts Oregon (Fri., 2/9/24; 7:00 PM MT; Pac Mtn.) and #17/19 OSU (Sunday, Noon MT; Pac 12 Net.)


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After a couple VERY solid road trips to the Pacific Northwest that yielded a 3-1 record, #4 ranked women's basketball (19-3 overall; 9-2 in Pac 12 play) is back home for a couple return matchups against the Oregon schools. 1st off is a Friday evening contest with the Oregon Ducks (11-12, 2-8), followed up with a Sunday matinee with the rising and #17/ 19 ranked Oregon State (OSU) Beavers (18-3, 7-3).

Both games are scheduled to be shown on one or more Pac 12 Network channels. (Further info and links for media options available near the bottom of this thread.)

Note- In the last NET Rankings (for games played through 2/5/24, https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/basketball-women/d1/ncaa-womens-basketball-net-rankings), CU is at #15, while the Ducks are #85 and Beavers #21.

Go Buffs!!!

(Preview not available as I type this.)

Links with more more info on the upcoming opponents:

Oregon :
- https://goducks.com/sports/womens-basketball/roster
Stats - https://goducks.com/sports/womens-basketball/stats/2023-24
Schedule - https://goducks.com/sports/womens-basketball/schedule
Their preview article - Not available as I type this.

- https://osubeavers.com/sports/womens-basketball/roster
Stats - https://osubeavers.com/sports/womens-basketball/stats/2023-24
Schedule - https://osubeavers.com/sports/womens-basketball/schedule
Their preview article - Not available as I type this.


Media links:

Live video:
Vs. Oregon -
Game is scheduled to be shown on the Pac 12 Mountain channel. For anyone with a subscription to any service that includes access to any Pac 12 Network channel, I'm guessing the game will also be viewable on the Pac 12 App, or through a link at https://pac-12.com/womens-basketball/event/2024/02/09/oregon-colorado .
Vs. OSU - Game is scheduled to be shown on the Pac 12 National and Oregon channels. For anyone with a subscription to any service that includes access to any Pac 12 Network channel, I'm guessing the game will also be viewable on the Pac 12 App, or through a link at https://pac-12.com/womens-basketball/event/2024/02/11/oregon-state-colorado .

Live audio - In addition to (if like in past seasons) being available on 630 AM in the Denver/ Boulder area and maybe other stations in the Buff radio network, looks like a free audio stream will be available at:
Vs. Oregon - https://cubuffs.com/watch/?Live=2905&type=Live
Vs. OSU - https://cubuffs.com/watch/?Live=2907&type=Live

Link to link to live stats (All games) - https://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statbroadcast.php?t=1&gid=colo
For specific games:
Vs. Oregon -

Game notes: (Note- Left empty for games that don't have any as I type this.)
Vs. Oregon -
Vs. OSU -
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I think this sets up well. I don't have any data on this, but my hypothesis is that the 2nd game over 3-4 days at altitude with recovery from 1 game at the start of the trip is a really tough spot for a team traveling from sea level. So I think it's good that we got the tougher OSU team as the weekend opponent.
OSU is very good and their height on the interior gives the Buffs problems. And in the loss in Corvallis, Reagan Beers struggled. Hope she doesn't get things going in Boulder.

Not sure why Oregon has gone downhill in recent seasons.
Preview for tonight's and Sunday's games - https://cubuffs.com/news/2024/2/8/w...s-head-into-final-stretch-five-things-to-know


No. 4 Buffs Head Into Final Stretch: Five Things to Know​

CU hosts two at home this weekend

By: Seth Pringle, Athletic Communications

No. 4 Colorado returns home for the first time since Jan. 21, following its four-game road swing through the Pacific Northwest. The Buffaloes will take on Oregon (Friday, 7 p.m. MT) and No. 17 Oregon State (Sunday, Noon MT).

Colorado (19-3, 9-2 Pac-12) moved up two spots to No. 4 his week in the Associated Press rankings, following its weekend sweep in Washington. CU has been in the rankings for 14 straight weeks and inside the top 10 for 13 consecutive polls. The Buffs will play four of its final seven games at the CU Events Center.

Oregon (11-12, 2-8 Pac-12) has lost its last five games, including a 61-48 result to the Buffs in Eugene to close January. Ducks are 0-7 this season against AP-ranked opponents. Friday's game will be the fourth consecutive game for UO against a top-25 opponent.

Oregon State (18-3, 7-3 Pac-12) has won three straight contests, starting with its upset of the then No. 3 Buffs on Jan. 26. OSU sits third in the Pac-12 standings behind CU and Stanford. Colorado native Raegan Beers is ninth in the NCAA with 13 double-doubles this season.

Five things to know
  1. DuckTales – Colorado has won three straight against Oregon dating back to the 2021-22 season. With a win on Friday, the Buffs would tie its longest winning streak against the Ducks, having last won four straight from 2012-13 to 2014-15. It would be just the second two-game sweep over UO for the Buffs.
  2. In the Rankings – The Buffs have been ranked in 20 consecutive AP polls, dating back to Feb. 6, 2023. It is the fourth longest streak in program history behind 25 (Dec. 17, 2012 – Jan. 13, 2014), 26 (Jan. 22, 2001 – Mar. 11, 2002) and 75 (Mar. 15, 1992 – Dec. 9, 1996).
  3. 50 Burger – Colorado scored 50 points in the first half at Washington last Sunday. It was the seventh time the Buffs have scored 50 or more points in a half this season, including two Pac-12 games (ASU, UW).
  4. Posting Up – Aaronette Vonleh scored 20+ points in back-to-back games against WSU (20) and UW (21). She's the first Buff to have 20+ points in two consecutive games since Alexis Robinson had 24 at Utah and 25 vs Stanford in the 2018-19 season. Kennedy Leonard was the last CU player to have 20+ points in three straight games, posting 31 against Colorado State, 20 at Mississippi Valley State and 29 against Wyoming in the 2016-17 season.
  5. Hot Shots – Colorado has five quarters of over 70.0 FG%. CU shot 72.2% in the third quarter at Washington. The team's best quarter this season was an 84.6% (11-13) effort in the 2nd quarter at SMU.

Both games this weekend will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. Thad Anderson and former Buff Kami Carmann Snyder will call all the action this weekend.

Cory Lopez and Hanna Halteman will have pregame coverage starting 30 minutes before tip-off on the Colorado Radio Network.

Friday is the team's annual Pride Night. Sunday the team will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The doors will open at 10 a.m. There will be skills and fitness stations along the concourse and an autograph session with CU female athletes. Fans can also pick up a free Run Like a Girl t-shirt while supplies last.

Also, there've been a couple Brian Howell/ Buffzone articles on the team over the last couple days, one on the importance of the guard rotation and one on the crowds this year. (Among many other things noted in the later article, this year's average attendance is less than 200 from breaking the school record from way back in 1994/95.)

No doubt Carol Callan is with USA basketball. She is such a wonderful analyst. I will miss her tonight.
It's 22-18 CU after 1, with the Buffs up most of the quarter. Edit - looks like it may be 22-16. (I know late in the quarter they awarded a Duck a couple free throws after she drove and looked to have gotten her shot off AFTER the shot clock expired. Assume they looked at it on replay and changed it to a no foul due to the shot clock.)
(Believe they had up to an 8 at least a couple times, but the Ducks fought back.)
Jaylyn had a collision near midcourt and spent a minute or two on the floor. Scary. She's back on the bench now. Buffs are now leading 78-44, with under a minute left in the 3rd quarter. CU has poured it on the Ducks this quarter.
I realize that it's Friday night but just judging by the TV, I kind of wish the crowd would be better.
Buffs up 78-45 heading into the 4th. (Buffs with 29 assists on 32 made buckets. At least one of the 3 unassisted buckets was off an offensive rebound. Don't know about the other 2?)
Media after tonight's large win:
(The task will be much tougher Sunday, as, in addition to beating the Buffs in Corvallis just 2 weeks ago, the OSU Beavers showed how well they're playing after earning a 14 point road win (58-44) over the #20 Utes tonight.)

Note that, per the box score linked to below, attendance was 5,447 this evening. Although historically a good crowd number, hope many more can make it out to Sunday's big game.

Article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2024/2/9/womens-basketball-nolans-hot-hand-lifts-no-4-buffs-over-oregon


Nolan’s Hot Hand Lifts No. 4 Buffs Over Oregon​

Colorado records season-high 32 assists

By: Colin Wagner, CU Athletic Communications Associate

The No. 4 Colorado women's basketball team returned to the CU Events Center after four games on the road and staged a dominant 90-57 victory over Oregon on Pride Night.

Maddie Nolan erupted for 14 points in the second quarter which helped the Buffaloes (20-3, 10-2 Pac-12) to separate from the Ducks (11-13, 2-9 Pac-12) just before halftime. She continued to shoot lights-out from behind the arc for the remainder of the game, knocking down five 3s and scoring 19 total points.

Nolan rounded out her best game as a Buff with six assists and four rebounds.

All season, the Buffs have played their best basketball when they share the ball on offense and Friday night was no different. Nine players recorded an assist and the team had a school-record 19 helpers in the first half. Colorado closed the night with a season-high 32 assists on 36 field goals. The backcourt of Jaylyn Sherrod and Kindyll Wetta combined for 13 assists as Wetta led the team with seven off the bench.

The team's 32 assists tied for the fifth most in program history and were the most since CU had 35 assists against St. Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 28, 1994.

CU's frontcourt of Quay Miller and Aaronette Vonleh combined for 24 points. Miller finished with her ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 boards, surpassing 1,000 points at Colorado. Vonleh finished with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

Colorado also flourished in transition, scoring 24 fast break points compared to Oregon's one.

The 33-point win was the team's largest win margin in Pac-12 play this season and its largest in conference play since beating Nebraska by 35 points (95-60) in the 2002-03 season.

The Buffs have a tough task ahead of them in the No. 17 Oregon State Beavers.

Nolan scored the final 11 points of the second quarter for the Buffs after hitting three 3-pointers with under 1:03 remaining.

No. 4 Colorado is set to take on No. 17 Oregon State on Sunday, Feb. 11th at noon.

Box score - https://cubuffs.com/sports/womens-basketball/stats/2023-24/oregon/boxscore/16652