THE GAME: The University of Colorado will open the home portion of its schedule by hosting Alcorn State University on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Coors Events Center.
BROADCAST: Friday'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. A free live video stream will be available through Colorado's Pac-12.com video player. All CU women's basketball home games that are not televised will be available through Pac-12.com at this link:
Non-televised Pac-12 road games are scheduled to be available on the opponents' video player, free of charge.
OPENING TIP: Colorado is 37-2 in all-time home openers and has won its last five.
ABOUT THE BUFFALOES: Colorado opened the 2013-14 season with a hard-fought 63-59 win at Colorado State on Nov. 12. It was the 14th straight season-opening win for the Buffaloes which started its season on the road for the first time since 2007.
Junior Jasmine Sborov scored a career-best 13 points, including two late clutch free throws that allowed the Buffaloes to keep the Rams at bay. Reigning Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Year Arielle Roberson also had 13 points, recording her 24th career double-figure scoring game.
Sborov logged the fourth double-figure scoring game of her career. She passed her previous best of 11 set last season at Illinois (12/1/12). Sborov scored 10 of those points in the second half which included the first six of the period and then two clutch free throws that gave Colorado a 62-59 lead with 27 seconds left. Sborov's six early second-half points came in a span of 1:58. She scored less than six points in 26 of 30 games in 2012-13.
Junior guard Lexy Kresl played point for most of the evening, claiming a personal-best nine rebounds and tying a career-high with four assists. She had eight rebounds in the first half alone, a number which matched her previous overall game-high coming against California as a freshman in the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament.
Colorado dominated on the boards, much like they did a year ago. The Buffaloes out-rebounded CSU 50-35. Senior center Rachel Hargis grabbed eight rebounds while junior forward Jen Reese had six to go along with eight points.
ABOUT THE BRAVES: Alcorn State is 1-1 overall on the season, equalling half of its win total from the 2012-13 season. The Braves snapped a 12-game home losing streak by defeating Nebraska-Omaha, 50-45 on Nov. 10. The Braves are averaging 44.5 points per game on 24 percent from the field and 61 percent from the free throw line.
Senior guard Tierro Frost has done the bulk of the scoring for the Braves, leading the squad at 20.5 points per game. She has shown the ability to get to the foul line, hitting 17-of-25 through the first two games. Freshman forward Angelica Wilson-Reid is ASU's top rebounder at 11.0 per game while pitching in 5.5 points per contest. Sophomore guard Lindsay Littlejohn is second in the team in scoring at 6.0 points per game.
THE SERIES: This will be the second meeting between Colorado and Alcorn State. The previous contest between the two programs came in the consolation game of the 1996 Rice Classic in Houston, where the Buffaloes claimed a 62-45 decision. Colorado is a perfect 5-0 against schools from the Southwest Athletic Conference.
BIG WIN STREAKS: With the season-opening victory over CSU, Colorado extended its streak of non-conference regular season wins to 25 games. The Buffaloes claimed perfect 11-0 nonconference marks in each of the last two seasons. Colorado won its final two non-league games in 2010-11, as the streak began with a 74-52 win over Colgate on Dec. 30, 2010.
Colorado's two perfect non-conference seasons comprise of two of the top eight overall winning streaks in team history. The 2011-12 team actually began the season 12-0, including a win in its first ever Pac-12 Conference game, tying for the fifth-best streak in team history and the second longest to begin a season.
The Buffaloes' 11-game streak to start the 2012-13 season ties for the eighth best overall. Throw in a 10-game streak at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, and the Buffaloes have registered three separate double-digit winning streaks in the last two seasons.
Colorado has 10 double-figure win streaks in its history. Head coach Linda Lappe has presided over three of those streaks, one behind her mentor Ceal Barry who coached the Buffaloes to four different double-figure win streaks over her 22 seasons on the bench.
FOR OPENERS: Colorado improved to 35-5 (.875) in all-time openers with its win at Colorado State. It marked just the 13th time in 40 seasons that Colorado opened away from Boulder and the 10th time in a true road game. The Buffaloes improved to 6-4 in overall season openers on the road.
Colorado is an outstanding 37-2 (.949) all-time in home openers. Colorado has never lost its overall season opener when played at home (26-0).
ROAD WARRIORS: Colorado has won 19 of its last 29 true road contests. 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. Overall the Buffaloes are 23-13 away from Boulder dating back to the tail end of the 2010-11 season.
NATIONALLY RANKED: Colorado moved up two spots to No. 17 in the first regular season Associated Press Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll released on Monday.
Colorado received 259 points, up from 205 in the AP Preseason Poll which had the Buffaloes at No. 19. Monday's showing is Colorado's highest ranking since coming in at No. 17 in the final AP Poll of the 2003-04 season.
The Buffaloes have been ranked in 16 consecutive AP polls, their longest run since appearing in all 19 polls of the 2003-04 season. Colorado has a long history of rankings in the AP poll, dating back to the 1980-81 season. This ranking marks the 174th time Colorado has appeared in the AP poll, trailing only Stanford, USC and UCLA among Pac-12 schools.
Colorado remained at No. 19 in the first regular season coaches poll released on Tuesday. The Buffaloes received 190 points, up from 172 in the preseason poll, but not enough to climb the ladder.
For the first time since 2003, Colorado was ranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today Sports Coaches Top 25 Preseason polls, coming in at No. 19 in each.
Prior to the 2003-04 campaign the Buffaloes were ranked 20th in both polls. The preseason rankings were Colorado's highest since debuting at No. 12 (AP) and No. 13 (Coaches) heading into the 2001-02 campaign.
Colorado was not ranked in the final 2012-13 Coaches poll, coming in as the first team listed in the receiving votes category. The Buffaloes appeared in 11 Coaches polls in 2012-13, reaching has high as No. 18 the week of March 4, 2013.
Colorado has three Top 10 teams on its schedule. No. 3 (AP)/4 (USAT) Stanford, No. 5/4 Louisville and No. 10/11 California. UCLA and Iowa are receiving votes in both polls.
BUFFS ON TV: Colorado will be featured on the Pac-12 Networks 15 times during the 2013-14 regular season, a school record number for television appearances in one campaign.
Colorado's appeared on a program-best 13 national and regional telecasts in 2012-13, a figure that also included three postseason contests. Entering this season, the Buffaloes have tipped off on 112 national or regional contests since the Fall of 2001.
Colorado will make it's 2013-14 Pac-12 Network debut by hosting Iowa on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in an 8:30 p.m. tip off.
Fourteen of Colorado's 18 conference games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, including eight of nine at home. All home games not televised on the Pac-12 Networks, will be available online through Colorado's Pac-12.com video player. Pac-12 road games that are not televised will be available on the opponent's Pac-12.com video player.
HOME AT THE CECC: Colorado is traditionally tough at home with a 382-129 all-time record at the Coors Events Center (.748), and finished this season with a record of 15-3. 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.