THE GAME: The University of Colorado officially opens its 40th season of varsity women's basketball by traveling to instate rival Colorado State University on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at Moby Arena in Fort Collins.
BROADCAST: Tuesday's game will air live on KKZN AM 760. Mike Rice will handle play-by-play duties and will be joined by Carol Callan of USA Basketball with the color commentary.
OPENING TIP: Colorado brings in a 24-game win streak in nonconference regular season games. The Buffaloes have swept each of the last two nonconference campaigns, recording 11-0 marks in each.
ABOUT THE RAMS: Colorado State opened its season by squeaking out an 87-82 overtime win over UC-Colorado Springs on Friday. Six Rams scored in double digits, led by freshman guard Ellen Nystrom who tallied a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in her collegiate debut. UCCS hit 50 percent from 3-point range (10-of-20), but CSU countered with a dominant paint presence, outscoring the Mountain Lions 44-18 in that part of the court while also winning the battle of the boards 50-39.
Colorado State cruised to a pair of exhibition wins, downing Colorado Mines 95-47 and Black Hills State 72-49.
The Rams return six letterwinners, including three starters, from their 2012-13 team that was 11-19 overall and finished sixth in the Mountain West Conference at 7-9. Senior forward Sam Martin is Colorado's State's top returning scorer and rebounder at 12.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. She had 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in the win over UCCS.
Colorado State was selected to finish seventh in the 2013-14 Mountain West Preseason Coaches poll. Martin was named to the Preseason All-Conference team.
Ryun Williams is in his second season at Colorado State with an overall record of 12-19. He is in his 19th overall as a head coach at the collegiate level with a record of 324-210.
THE SERIES: This will be the 45th meeting between Colorado and Colorado State with the Buffaloes holding a commanding 33-11 series lead. Colorado's rivalries with Colorado State and Wyoming are the most played nonconference series in team history, both entering the season at 44 contests. The Buffaloes play the Cowgirls in Laramie on Dec. 4.
Colorado has won three straight, six of the last seven and nine of the last 11 meetings, including a 72-46 triumph in Boulder on Dec. 5, 2012. The Buffaloes are 11-9 all-time against Colorado State in Fort Collins, and have won the three of the last five. Colorado State's last win over the Buffaloes came in Fort Collins, a 69-61 decision on Dec. 11, 2009.
Linda Lappe is 3-0 against Colorado State as a head coach. Ryun Williams is 0-2 against Colorado as a head coach, 0-1 while with Colorado State.
CONNECTIONS: CU head coach Linda Lappe was a Colorado State assistant coach for one season (2006-07) before taking on the head coaching job at Metro State. Colorado assistant coach Kelly Rae Finley played at Colorado State from 2005-08.
FOR OPENERS: Tuesday will mark the 13th time in 40 seasons that Colorado has played its overall season opener away from Boulder and the 10th in a true road game. Colorado last began the season on the road in 2007, claiming a 66-48 win at San Francisco.
Colorado State has hosted Colorado in the Buffaloes' season opener twice before, both in the early days each program. Colorado opened its second season by defeating the Rams 53-38 on Nov. 20, 1975, in Fort Collins, in just the third meeting between the two rivals. Three years later, Colorado rolled to an 83-60 decision on Nov. 17, 1978.
This will be the fourth time overall Colorado as met Colorado State in the overall season opener. The third was a 112-48 Buffaloes win on Nov. 16, 1979 in Boulder, in the first regular season game played at the brand new Coors Events/Conference Center.
Colorado is 34-5 (.872) in all-time season openers and has won the last 13. The Buffaloes' last loss in a season opener came on the road, a 67-61 setback at Denver to open the 1999-2000 campaign. Colorado is 5-4 in its previous nine overall season openers played as a true road contest.