THE GAME: No. 20 (AP)/23 (USA Today Sports/Coaches) ranked University of Colorado continues a four-game swing through the state of California with No. 6 (AP & USAT) ranked Stanford University on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m. MT, at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif.
BROADCAST: Sunday's game will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Network. Krista Blunk will handle play-by-play duties with Mary Murphy providing the color commentary. Sunday's game will be broadcast live on KKZN AM 760. Mike Rice will have the play-by-play with Carol Callan of USA Basketball providing the color commentary.
OPENING TIP: Colorado and Stanford rank 1-2 in scoring defense in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes give up just 52.7 points a game while the Cardinal allow just 52.9.
ABOUT THE BUFFALOES: Colorado is 15-3 overall, its best start since the 2003-04 NCAA Tournament team began its season 18-2. The Buffaloes are 4-3 in Pac-12 play, tied with USC for fifth place, and just one game behind UCLA and Washington for third. CU saw its four-game win streak snapped at No. 7/7 (AP & USAT) California, 59-56, on Friday night. The four-game streak was CU's best in conference action since the 2004 Big 12 season. Colorado swept the Arizona schools at home last weekend, holding Arizona State and Arizona to a combined 79 points (39.2 ppg) and 24 percent from the field (26-of-107). The Buffaloes scored 79 points in their win over Arizona alone.
Colorado averages just under 68 points per game on 43 percent shooting from the field. The Buffaloes scored in bunches during the nonconference schedule hitting 80 points three times. Defensively, CU allows just over 53 points and has held opponents to 34 percent shooting for the year.
Colorado leads the Pac-12 in both scoring defense and rebounding defense (32.5 rpg). The Buffaloes rank in the top five in 18 of 21 statistical categories, including second in scoring margin (+15.1) and field-goal percentage (.427).
All-Pac-12 guard Chucky Jeffery leads the team in scoring (13.3 ppg), assists (4.2 apg), rebounds (8.2 rpg) and steals (2.4 spg). Jeffery had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists in the loss at Cal. She recorded her fourth double-double of the season, and 24th of her career, with 19 points and a team season-high 16 rebounds against Arizona State. Jeffery ranks third in the Pac-12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4), and is also fourth in assists, fifth in overall rebounding and defensive rebounds (6.2), sixth in steals, 10th in free-throw percentage (.737) and 12th in scoring.
Redshirt freshman forward Arielle Roberson is second on the team and ranks 14th in the Pac-12 in scoring at 13.2 points per game. A three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, Roberson also ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and third in field-goal percentage (.464). She was held below double-digits in scoring for just the third time this year with seven at Cal. Roberson ranks 11th in offensive rebounds (2.7 orpg) and field-goal percentage on the Pac-12 leaderboard.
Junior guard Brittany Wilson ranks second on the team in steals (1.3 spg) and assists (2.4 apg) while coming in at fourth in scoring at 8.1 points per contest. She led Colorado at California with 11 points, matching a season-best with three 3-pointers. Wilson is also second on the team in 3-pointers made (20) and has hit 79 percent from the free-throw line. Wilson ranks eighth in 3-point percentage (.339) on the Pac-12 leaderboard.
Sophomore forward Jen Reese has made a successful return from an eye injury that kept her out of the final nine games of 2011-12. She is third on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) and rebounding (5.1 rpg) while hitting 46.1 percent from the field. She hit her second 3-pointer of the season, and just the third of her career, en route to seven points at Cal.
Junior center Rachel Hargis is the only Buffalo to start all 18 games. A career 33 percent shooter entering the season, Hargis has made the most of her opportunity hitting 51 percent this season. She leads CU in blocked shots with 23, knocking away seven in the last four games alone. She ranks 11th in the Pac-12 in blocks at 1.3 per outing.
Sophomore Lexy Kresl tops Colorado in 3-pointers with 22 and is averaging 6.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. The Paradise Valley, Ariz., native had a solid weekend against her home state, averaging 9.5 points on 54 percent shooting (7-of-13). She has nabbed a season-best seven rebounds in each of the last two games.
Colorado's balance has served them well through the first half of the season. Aside from Roberson and Jeffery averaging in double figures, six others average between three and nine points per game. In the win over Arizona, nine different Buffaloes scored between six and 12 points. At California, nine different Buffs also scored, with seven netting between five and 11 points.
ABOUT THE CARDINAL: Stanford is 17-2 overall and ranked No. 6 (AP & USAT) in the latest top 25 polls. The Cardinal are tied with No. 7 California for the top spot in the Pac-12 at 6-1. Stanford leads the Pac-12 in field-goal accuracy at 47.2 percent. Stanford averages 69.8 points per game while allowing just 52.9 on 32 percent shooting.
Junior All-America candidate Chiney Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 22.1 points per game and ranks second in rebounding at 12.0 boards per contest. She has a league-leading 14 double-doubles and also shoots 58.1 percent from the field. Senior forward Joslyn Tinkle is averaging 12.6 points per game and shooting 52.1 percent from the floor. Junior forward Mikaela Ruef is second on the team in rebounding at 6.2 per game. Sophomore guard Amber Orrange paces Stanford at 3.9 assists per game while scoring 11 points per contest.
Hall of Fame head coach Tara VanDerveer is in her 27th year at Stanford with a record of 726-151. She is 878-202 overall in her 34th season as a collegiate head coach.
THE SERIES: This will be 13th meeting between Colorado and Stanford with the Cardinal holding an 8-4 edge. The Cardinal have won the first three meetings since Colorado joined the Pac-12, including a 57-40 decision in Boulder on Jan. 4. The series holds historical significance for the Buffaloes. Three of the first nine meetings came in the NCAA Tournament, with the Buffaloes winning two of those contests. Both of those NCAA wins, coming in 1993 and 2002, sent Colorado to the Elite Eight. Stanford's NCAA win came in the 1994 Sweet 16.
Linda Lappe is 0-3 against Stanford as a head coach. Tara VanDeveer is 8-4 against Colorado as a head coach.
MORE ON THE DEFENSE: Colorado leads the Pac-12 in scoring defense through seven conference games at 49.7 points per outing. CU held three straight conference opponents (Utah, Arizona State & Arizona) to 43 points or less, the first time the Buffaloes have held three straight opponents at 43 or under in conference play since 1980-81. It is also the eighth time in school history the Buffs have held their opponents under 50 in three consecutive outings.
Colorado had held its opponents to 24.6 percent shooting (49-of-199) over a 140 minute span (3 1/2 games) from the Utah game in Salt Lake City on Jan. 13 through the first half the game at California.
Colorado allowed just 36 points to Arizona, the fewest in a conference game since a 70-35 win at Kansas on Jan. 16, 2002. Arizona State was held to 17 points on 4-of-30 from the field in the second half of the Jan. 18 game. The four field goals were one shy of a school record (3 vs. Texas State 12/1/10 and Kansas State 3/7/92). The 13.3 percent allowed was just a fraction off the all-time opponent low for a half, 13.0 (3-of-23) vs. Kansas State on 3/7/92).
Colorado has allowed just four teams in the 60's all season and has held a school-record nine straight opponents under the 60-point mark.
Colorado has yet to allow 70 points in a game this year. This is the longest the Buffaloes have gone into any one season without allowing 70. The previous best was the 2011-12 team, that didn't allow 70 until game No. 13, a 75-67 loss at Washington.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The University of Colorado moved up two spots to No. 23 in the USA Today Sports Women's Basketball Coaches poll released on Tuesday.
Colorado, 15-2 overall and 4-2 in the Pac-12 Conference, received a season-high 113 points, up from 67 last week when the Buffaloes reentered the poll for the second time this season at No. 25. Colorado's No. 23 spot is its highest in the coaches' poll since coming in at No. 16 in the March 15, 2004 poll.
On Monday the Buffaloes moved up one spot to No. 20, tied with Oklahoma, in the Associated Press Women's Basketball Top 25 poll. The Buffaloes have resided in the AP poll for the last six weeks, reaching as high as No. 20 twice; this week and on Dec. 31. CU's six week run in the AP poll is its longest since appearing in all 19 polls of the 2003-04 season. The 279 points received this week in the AP poll is a season high for the Buffaloes.
The Buffaloes have a long history of rankings in the AP poll, dating back to the 1980-81 season. This week's ranking marks the 164th time Colorado has appeared in the AP poll, trailing only Stanford, USC and UCLA among Pac-12 schools. This week's ranking marks the 154th time Colorado has appeared in the coaches' poll dating back to the 1988-89 campaign.
LAPPE AND COLORADO IN THE POLLS: Head coach Linda Lappe joined some elite company when the Buffaloes received their first AP ranking in five years. She is only one of eight NCAA Division I women's head coaches to have played for an AP ranked team, and then return to lead that same program into the AP poll. Overall she is the 31st person to play for and coach an AP ranked program.
The Buffaloes were ranked for 29 weeks during Lappe's playing career (1998-03) including 27 straight from Jan. 22, 2001 through the end of her junior year (March 11, 2002). CU's highest AP ranking during that span was No. 10, on March 4, 2002.
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: Colorado is 4-1 away from Boulder this season and is 13-8 in its last 21 true road contests since the tail end of the 2010-11 campaign. Prior to the start of this run, The Buffaloes had just five wins in their previous 37 road games dating back to the 2008 Big 12 Conference schedule.
Colorado held Utah to 43 points in Salt Lake City on Jan. 13, its fewest allowed in a true road game since a 45-42 win at Pacific on Dec. 18, 2004
Colorado scored an overall season-high 83 points at Denver, the most in a true road contest since scoring 83 in a 3-point loss at Colorado State on Nov. 30, 2005. CU's 10-point halftime lead was its largest on the road since leading Colorado State 38-22 on Nov. 20, 2011
Colorado's win at Illinois was its first road win against a major conference opponent in a nonconference regular season game since defeating No. 20/17 ranked Vanderbilt, 62-51, on Dec. 9, 2007. The Buffaloes trailed by six at halftime against the Illini, allowing Colorado to claim its largest halftime deficit overcome to win on the road since defeating Missouri 80-79 in overtime on Feb. 23, 2010 after trailing by seven at the break (43-36).
Colorado's 23-point win at UMKC, was its biggest on the road since an 82-47 win at Colorado State on Dec. 1, 2007.
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: Colorado picked up its 14th all-time win over a top-10 ranked opponent with its 70-66 win over No. 8 Louisville on Dec. 14. The win marked the Buffaloes' first over a top-10 opponent since defeating No. 5 Stanford in the 2002 NCAA Sweet 16. It was the first top-10 win as an unranked team since knocking off No. 7 Texas Tech 63-49 on Jan. 11, 1997.
The Buffaloes are 1-3 against ranked teams this season -- all in the top 10 -- and 3-8 under Linda Lappe. CU is 62-145 all-time against ranked opponents. The Buffaloes played just two games against ranked teams in 2011-12, both against Stanford.
Colorado's last six ranked opponents dating back to 2010-11 have all resided in the top 10 and that number will stretch to eight with California (No. 7) and Stanford (No. 6) on the schedule this weekend, by far the longest streak for CU. The five regular season games where the opponent is ranked in the top 10 in both polls, will be a first for the Buffaloes in one season. CU played five regular season top 10 games in 2001-02, but two of those games included a team being ranked 10 or better in only one poll. Including postseason, the 2001-02 team played eight top 10 teams, five of which were top 10 in both polls.
BENCH PRODUCTION: Colorado is getting good production from its bench to the tune of 22.5 points (33 percent) and 20.1 rebounds (47 percent) per game. Sophomore forward Jen Reese has headed the bench effort averaging 8.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, ranking third on the team in both categories.
Colorado scored a season-high 42 bench points in the win over UMKC. The bulk of those came from freshman forward Arielle Roberson who scored 23 points in 19 minutes on 9-of-12 from the field in her lone game off the bench this season. Her 23 bench points are tied for the second most in the past 10 years and her nine field goals are the most. Only Bianca Smith, with 25 points off the bench against San Jose State on Dec. 22, 1999, had a bigger bench game in the last 10 years.
MORE ON THE BOARDS: Colorado ranked fourth in NCAA Division I in rebounding margin at +11.7 through games of Jan. 20. The Buffaloes have either tied or led the rebounding battle in 15 of 18 games this season, coming up on the short end for the first time in the Stanford loss. The Buffaloes have enjoyed double-digit margins in 10 games.
The Buffaloes grabbed a season-high 59 rebounds in the win over Colorado State, their most since also recording 59 against Bowling Green on Nov. 23, 2001. CU had 24 offensive rebounds, nearly matching Colorado State's overall total (26). Colorado's 24 offensive rebounds were its most since it had 24 at Iowa State on Feb. 18, 1996.
Colorado's +33 advantage against the Rams tied for the ninth largest single-game margin in team history, most recently achieved against San Francisco on Nov. 30, 2011 (53-20).
Colorado had 50 rebounds against Denver, hitting the 50 mark for the second straight game for the first time since grabbing 50 against UC Irvine and 52 against Illinois-Chicago in the first two games of the 2009-10 season.
CU's 109 rebounds over a two-game span are its most since hitting the same number during the 2001 Coors Classic (59 vs. Bowling Green, 50 vs. Houston). The Buffaloes 46 offensive rebounds during that stretch are their most since grabbing 48 in back-to-back games in December 1994 (25 vs. Montana State, 23 vs. Notre Dame).
BIG WIN: The 43-point win over Arizona was CU's largest in a Pac-12 game, smashing the old mark of 14 set just two days earlier against Arizona State (57-43). It was the eighth largest margin of victory in a conference game in CU history (all conferences) and the largest since an 83-38 win over Iowa State on Feb. 19, 1995.
Largest Margins of Victory, Conference Game, CU History
82 CU 129, Northern Arizona 47 - Jan. 21, 1980 (Intermountain)
63 CU 103, Utah State 40 - Jan. 29, 1981 (Intermountain)
61 CU 116, Idaho State 55 - Feb. 13, 1982 (Intermountain)
57 CU 94, Idaho State 42 - Jan. 31, 1981 (Intermountain)
52 CU 94 Idaho State 42 - Feb. 23, 1980 (Intermountain)
50 CU 79, Iowa State 29 - Feb. 19, 1993 (Big 8)
45 CU 83, Iowa State 38 - Feb. 19, 1995 (Big 8)
43 CU 79, Arizona 36 - Jan. 20, 2013 (Pac-12)
Colorado's 28-point lead at halftime (43-15) is its largest lead at the break against a Pac-12 opponent and the most in a conference game since Colorado led Kansas 42-14 at halftime on Feb. 5, 2003.
BUFFS EXPERIENCED FROM DEEP: While Colorado looks to continue an inside-outside balance on its 2012-13 squad, there is no questioning its experience from shooting from the perimeter. The Buffaloes have four players with at least 50 career 3-point field goals, and all four rank among CU's career Top 20. Junior Brittany Wilson tops the Buffaloes' effort with 90, 11th on CU's all-time list. Senior Meagan Malcolm-Peck is 12th 87. Lexy Kresl, who set CU's single-season freshman record in 2011-12 at 63 is 13th with 85. Senior Chucky Jeffery rounds out the current Buffs at 17th with 60.
JEFFERY MOVING UP CAREER LADDERS: Senior guard Chucky Jeffery became the sixth player to reach 800 rebounds in the Arizona win and in the process became the first Buffalo to reach 1,400 points, 800 rebounds and 400 assists.
She is fourth in career steals with 257, needing 27 to catch Bridget Turner (1985-89) for third. Jeffery is currently fifth in career assists with 429, needing 14 to catch Tracy Tripp (1985-89) for the fourth spot.
On CU's career charts Jeffery also ranks sixth in rebounds (806), 13th in field-goals made (544), 14th in free-throws made (296), 16th in blocks (61) and 17th in 3-point field goals (60).
In other miscellaneous categories Jeffery is also fifth in double-doubles (24), is sixth in double-figure rebounding games (26) and 10th in double-figure scoring games (79).
JEFFERY'S HEADLINER WEEK: Senior guard Chucky Jeffery led the Buffaloes to their first Associated Press ranking in five seasons and their first top-10 win in over 10 years, and as a result picked up some well-deserved conference and national recognition.
On Dec. 17, Jeffery was named the espnW National Player of the Week and Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week for the week of Dec 10-16. She also received national and Pac-12 Player of the Week honors from collegesportsmadness.com.
On Dec. 18, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) named Jeffery its Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National Player of the Week.
Jeffery averaged 18 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting 46 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line in wins over Denver and No. 8 ranked Louisville.
Against Louisville she had a game-high and personal season-best 22 points along with seven rebounds, four assists and one steal as the Buffaloes claimed their first win over a top-10 opponent since defeating No. 5 Stanford in the 2002 NCAA Sweet 16. Jeffery recorded season highs from the 3-point line (2-of-5) and the foul line (8-10) as she became the 16th player in team history to reach 1,300 career points.
Jeffery had 14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals in the road win over Denver on Dec. 11. She notched her second double-double of the season, and 22nd of her career, tying Sandy Bean (1978-82) for fifth on CU's all-time list.
Jeffery's Pac-12 Player of the Week honor is her second, as she received the same award on Dec. 5, 2011.
FAST OUT OF THE GATE: Colorado finished the nonconference regular season at 11-0, the Buffs' second consecutive perfect nonconference season, and third in school history (1992-93). Colorado will continue a string of 24 nonconference regular season wins into next season. The Buffaloes are 31-4 in the nonconference season under head coach Linda Lappe.
In terms of overall winning streaks, CU's 11-game run tied for the eighth best in team history.
ROBERSON AMONG ELITE COMPANY: Freshman guard Arielle Roberson scored in double-digits in the first 13 games of her career setting a new school record. She passed Tracy Tripp's previous mark of 10, set during the 1985-86 season.
ROBERSON PAC-12 HONORS: Forward Arielle Roberson has won the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award three times this season. The Pac-12 has added Freshman of the Week to its weekly honors for the first time this season.
In her most recent award on Dec. 2, Roberson averaged 19.5 points on 72 percent from the field (13-of-18) and 71 percent from the foul line (12-of-17) in wins over Wyoming and Illinois. She scored a career and team season-high 25 points, including a critical, late, 3-point basket, to lead Colorado to a 69-62 road win at Illinois as the Buffaloes claimed their 19th straight regular season nonconference victory.
She hit 7-of-8 from the field against the Illini and sank a team season-high 10 free throws on 14 attempts. Roberson also had five rebounds, three steals and an assist against Illinois. Earlier in the week, Roberson netted 14 points on 6-of-10 from the field in the home win over Wyoming.
Roberson earned the inaugural Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award on Nov. 12 after scoring 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, five steals, two assists and two blocks in her collegiate debut - a 70-65 win over Idaho on Nov. 11. Her second citation came on Nov. 26 after averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds en route to Omni Hotels Classic MVP honors.
Her three weekly conference awards in one season are the most since Brittany Spears won four Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week honors in 2007-08.
ARIELLE & ANDRE: The Roberson's are the only brother/sister tandem on the 2012-13 basketball rosters from the same school in the Pac-12 Conference. They're one of five brother/sister tandems on 2012-13 basketball rosters in Division I. The Big Ten has two tandems, followed by one each in the ACC, Mountain West and the Pac-12 Conferences. CU has another brother/sister pair on the ski team with freshmen Maria and Gustav Nordstrom from Sweden.
Colorado (Pac-12): Arielle (Fr.) and Andre Roberson (Jr.)
Air Force (Mountain West): Alicia (Sr.) and Marshall Leipprandt (Fr.)
Indiana (Big Ten): Kaila (Fr.) and Jordan Hulls (Sr.)
Ohio State (Big Ten): Caite (Fr.) and Aaron Craft (Jr.)
Virginia (ACC): Sarah Beth (So.) and Tayor Barnette (Fr.)
SEEING DOUBLE: Colorado is used to getting double takes from fans and opponents, as the Buffaloes once again sport two pairs of identical twins on its roster.
Brenna and Meagan Malcolm-Peck are senior wing players while Ashley and Brittany Wilson are junior guards. Brenna is the older of the two Malcolm-Pecks by 27 minutes. Ashley is the older of the Wilson twins, by only five minutes.
HOME AT THE CECC: Colorado is traditionally tough at home with a 378-128 all-time record at the Coors Events Center (.747). The Buffaloes have won 10 or more games in a season at the CEC in 24 of 35 years. The Buffaloes have enjoyed five undefeated seasons (1980-83, 1992-94) at the CEC.
BUFFS ON TV: Colorado's regular season schedule will feature at least 11 regionally or nationally televised games in 2012-13. Colorado will play nine regular season games on the Pac-12 Networks, and a guaranteed one, and potentially more, during the Pac-12 Tournament, March 7-10, in Seattle.
A program-best six regular season games will be televised nationally while three more will be on one of the regional networks. CU's first Pac-12 Tournament game will also be televised nationally, as would any ensuing round through the championship game, which will air Sunday, March 10, on ESPN2.
CU made its first television appearance on Dec. 11 at Denver on ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain. The Buffaloes made their Pac-12 Network on Jan. 4 against defending league champion Stanford; their first of four straight televised games on the network. Colorado will have five straight road games televised beginning with Utah on Jan. 13, through a Super Bowl Sunday matchup at USC on Feb. 3. CU's final regular season televised game will be Feb. 8 at home against Oregon State.
Entering the 2012-13 season, CU has appeared on 99 regional or national telecasts over the previous 11 seasons.