THE GAME: The University of Colorado will travel north to face the University of Wyoming on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.
BROADCAST: Wednesday'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 of Wednesday's game is scheduled to be available through the Mountain West Network and can be accessed through http://www.gowyo.com/videos.
OPENING TIP: Colorado is shooting 52.8 percent (93-of-176) over its last three games. The Buffaloes have shot 50 percent or better in each of their last three outings, a figure only reached twice during the entire 2012-13 season. Colorado last hit 50 percent in three straight games from Nov. 27-Dec. 4, 1998, current head coach Linda Lappe's freshman season.
ABOUT THE BUFFALOES: No. 11 (AP)/17 (USAT) Colorado improved to 6-0, claiming its own Omni Hotels Classic championship last week, defeating South Alabama, 94-61, in the first game on Nov. 29 and then Rice, 75-58, in the championship game on Nov. 30.
Colorado is averaging 81.7 points per game while hitting a Pac-12 Conference best 47.6 percent from the field and 72.6 percent from the foul line. The Buffaloes are distributing the ball well, averaging 18.0 assists per outing, ranking third among league counterparts in the early portion of the season.
Colorado has six players averaging between 9.2 and 12.3 points per game and 10 pitching in at least five a contest.
The Buffaloes lead the Pac-12 in scoring defense at 58.5 points. Colorado also tops the league in scoring margin (+23.2 ppg), rebounding defense (30.7 rpg), rebounding margin (+12.5) and turnover margin (+2.5).
Junior guard Lexy Kresl is coming off an outstanding weekend averaging 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists earning Omni Classic MVP honors. She dished out a career-high six assists, with no turnovers, and added 12 points in the first round win over South Alabama. Kresl scored 19 points in the championship game, just one point off her career high, hitting 7-of-14 from the field and adding four assists, five rebounds and three steals.
She has been running a solid point for the Buffaloes averaging 11.5 points and 4.3 assists per game. Kresl leads the Pac-12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9) and also ranks fifth in assists and free-throw percentage (.864). With 26 total assists through six games, she is on pace to pass her sophomore season total of 30 (29 games) on Wednesday.
Junior forward Jen Reese is the leader among four Buffaloes averaging double-digits at 12.3 per game while hitting 56 percent from the floor, ranking fourth in the Pac-12. She's been even more impressive over the last five games hitting 24 of her last 36 shots (.667). Reese is averaging 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds over the previous four outings.
She had a season-high 18 points on 7-of-10 from the field in the win over New Mexico, tying a career-high for field goals made and recording the second-highest scoring output of her career (22 at Arizona State on Feb. 17, 2013). Reese was named to the Omni Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 14.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and hitting 11-of-16 field goals (.688) over the two games. Reese also ranks third in the Pac-12 in free-throw percentage (.882), 15th in defensive rebounds (4.3 drpg) and 22nd in scoring.
Junior guard Jasmine Sborov has sprinted out to a great start averaging 9.5 points on 50 percent shooting (21-of-42). She has scored in double-digits four games, including a career-high 13 points in the season opening win over Colorado State. She came into this season with just three double-figure scoring games over the first 62 games of her career. Sborov currently ranks 13th in the Pac-12 in field-goal percentage.
Senior guard Brittany Wilson is third on the team in scoring at 10.5 points per game and is second in steals with eight and third in assists with 14. She had a career- and team-season high 26 points in the win over Iowa. It was the fifth 20-point game in Wilson's career as she also set personal bests from the line hitting on 10-of-14 from the charity stripe. She made her first start of the season against Iowa, after coming off the bench in the previous two games.
Reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Arielle Roberson leads Colorado in rebounding at 7.3 per game while pitching in 10.3 points per contest. She dished out a career-best and team season-high six assists in the win over Iowa to go along with 17 points and nine rebounds. Roberson returned to the lineup against Rice after missing the previous two games due to a concussion suffered in the Iowa game. She came off the bench against the Owls to pitch in nine points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists.
Freshman guard Lauren Huggins has provided a nice scoring punch off the bench. Huggins is shooting 46 percent from downtown, hitting 16 of her first 35 to start the season. She is third in the Pac-12 in 3-pointers made per game and fifth in percentage. Huggins leads the team in steals with 10 and recorded a career- and team-season high four against Rice.
Sophomore forward Jamee Swan scored a career-high 16 points in the win over South Alabama hitting 7-of-10 from the floor. She had a team-best eight rebounds in that contest and ranks third on the team at 4.5 per game. Swan is averaging 6.0 points on 58 percent from the field and is the team's leader in blocked shots with six.
ABOUT THE COWGIRLS: Wyoming is 4-1 overall and coming off its lone loss of the season, an 82-78 decision at South Dakota on Nov. 30. The Cowgirls are averaging 75.6 points per game on 42 percent from the field, including 34 percent from 3-point range. Wyoming has hit the 70 point mark in all five games, with a season-high of 84 at home against Pepperdine on Nov. 23 (84-64). The Cowgirls are giving up 67 points per game on defense, allowing just under 40 percent from the field. Opponents have been able to out-rebound the Cowgirls by nearly three boards per game.
Nearly 63 percent of Wyoming's scoring comes from three players. Senior guard Fallon Lewis paces the Cowgirls in scoring at 16.6 points per game on a team-best 52 percent from the field. Junior forward Kayla Woodward is second on the team in scoring at 16.0 points while junior guard Kaitlyn Mileto is third at 14.8 points. Lewis and Woodward also grab the majority of Wyoming's rebounds as the duo are tied for the team lead at 7.4 per game apiece.
Joe Legerski is in his 11th season at Wyoming with a career record of 200-116.
THE SERIES: This will be the 45th meeting between Colorado and Wyoming with the Buffaloes holding a commanding 35-9 series lead. The 35 wins over Wyoming are the most for CU over any nonconference opponent, and Wednesday's game will also tie the Colorado State series as the most played non-league matchup in Buffs' history.
Colorado has won the last three in the series, including a 68-59 win in Boulder on Nov. 28, 2012. The Buffaloes visit Laramie for the first time since their 70-58 triumph in the third round of the 2011 Postseason WNIT. Colorado's last regular season trip to Laramie also marks Wyoming's last win in the series, a 68-49 decision on Nov. 21, 2006. Colorado holds a 14-7 series lead in Laramie.
Linda Lappe is 2-0 against Wyoming as a head coach. Joe Legerski is 3-4 against Colorado.
CONNECTIONS: Wyoming sports four Colorado natives on its roster: Marquelle Dent (Denver), Kaitlyn Mileto (Colorado Springs), Kaylie Rader (Thornton) and Jordan Sibrel (Loveland). Colorado associate head coach Jonas Chatterton is very familiar with Wyoming, spending eight seasons (2001-09) as an assistant coach at former Mountain West rival BYU.
FAST OUT OF THE GATE: Colorado is 6-0 for the third straight year, looking for its seventh start of 7-0 or better. Three of the top eight all-time best starts in program history have come in the last three seasons. CU's best start was a 15-0 mark to begin the 1992-93 season. Here is a break down of CU's 6-0 or better starts:
Year Start Final Other
1992-93 15-0 27-4 NCAA Elite 8
2011-12 12-0 21-14 WNIT Quarterfinals
1980-81 12-0 28-5 *AIAW National Tourn. First Round
2012-13 11-0 25-7 NCAA First Round
1993-94 7-0 27-5 NCAA Sweet 16
1982-83 7-0 21-8 #Big Eight Semifinals
2013-14 6-0 ?? 30 straight regular season nonconf wins
1988-89 6-0 27-4 NCAA First Round
*-CU's first national tournament appearance; #-First year of Big Eight Conference round-robin play.
OMNI HOTELS CLASSIC CHAMPIONS: Colorado improved to 44-10 all-time in its home holiday classic and has won 17 of the 26 tournament titles contested, including the last five. This was the 27th straight year Colorado has hosted an early season women's basketball tournament. For the first 22 years the tournament was known as the Coors Classic, and is in its fifth year of being called the Omni Hotels Classic. No team champion was crowned at the 2006 Classic as the tournament switched to a true "Classic" format where Colorado and Wyoming played Nevada and Charlotte on consecutive nights, with the Buffaloes and Cowgirls winning both their games.
MORE OFFENSE: Colorado has hit 80 points in four of six games, with those four coming in succession from the Alcorn State through South Alabama contests. It marked the first time that the Buffaloes had hit 80 points in four consecutive games since late in the 1982-83 season when Colorado achieved the mark in five straight (Feb. 12-Mar. 5, 1983).
Colorado's 94 points against South Alabama were its most since a 96-90 overtime win over TCU in the third round of the 2008 Postseason WNIT, and the most in regulation since the last time the Buffaloes hit the century mark, a 100-71 win over Cal State-Fullerton on Nov. 18, 2005.
The Buffaloes scored 85 at New Mexico, the most on the road, in regulation time, since a 101-56 win at TCU on Dec. 7, 1993. Colorado scored 90 on the road in a one-point overtime loss at Baylor on Feb. 23, 2000 and that same number in a 9-point overtime win at Kansas on Feb. 24, 1995.
SCORING BALANCE: Colorado has four players averaging double-digits in scoring, six averaging at least nine points and 10 pitching in at least five.
Seven different Buffs have led the team, or tied for the team lead, in scoring in the first six games. Only one, Jen Reese, has led or shared the lead in multiple games. She paced Colorado with 18 points vs. New Mexico and tied with Jamee Swan with 16 against South Alabama.
Colorado has had five players score in double-digits in three of the last four games. The Buffaloes didn't register any five-player double-digit games in 2012-13, but were 8-0 in games with four in double figures.
NUMBERS FROM DEEP: Colorado hit 10-of-18 3-pointers at New Mexico, its best performance percentage wise since the home game against the Lobos last season. The Buffaloes hit 62 percent from long range (8-of-13) in their 84-39 win over New Mexico in Boulder on Dec. 29, 2012. The 10 3-pointers were Colorado's most in a game on the road since hitting 15 at Oklahoma State on March 25, 2012, in the WNIT Quarterfinals. Colorado also had 10 at home against Oregon on Feb. 10, 2013.
Jen Reese and Jasmine Sborov both went 2-for-2 from long range against the Lobos, setting new career-highs for 3-pointers made for both players. In fact the duo, 4-for-4 on the day, had been a combined 7-for-48 (.146) in their careers prior to the New Mexico game.
ROAD WARRIORS: Colorado has won 20 of its last 30 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 24-13 away from Boulder dating back to the tail end of the 2010-11 season.
BIG WIN STREAKS: With the win over Rice, Colorado extended its streak of non-conference regular season wins to 30 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.
NATIONALLY RANKED: Colorado moved up three spots to No. 11 in the fourth regular season Associated Press Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll released on Monday.
Colorado received 480 points, up from 365 last week. Monday's showing is Colorado's highest ranking since coming in at No. 11 for the second straight week on Feb. 2, 2004.
The Buffaloes have been ranked in 19 consecutive AP polls, matching 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 177th time Colorado has appeared in the AP poll, trailing only Stanford, USC and UCLA among Pac-12 schools.
Colorado moved up two spots to No. 17 in the latest coaches poll released on Tuesday. The Buffaloes received 301 points, a good jump from 219 in the previous poll. Colorado was just 19 points out of the No. 14 spot.
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 currently has four ranked teams on its schedule, three of which were preseason No. 10 picks. Stanford is No 6 in the AP and No. 4 in the coaches, Louisville is No. 7 in both, California is No. 21 in both and Iowa, whose only loss is to Colorado, debuted in this week's AP poll at No. 25.
WILSON CLIMBING CAREER CHARTS: Senior guard Brittany Wilson has 912 career points, needing 88 to become the 25th player in team history to reach 1,000.
She hit two 3-point field goals against Rice, increasing her career total to 109 to tie Alexis Felts (1994-98) for ninth place on CU's all-time list. Wilson also moved into Colorado's Top 20 in career steals during the Omni Hotels Classic. She is currently 20th with 134.
The two have combined for 213 out of a possible 214 games played during their careers. Wilson has not missed a game in her career, playing in all 107 possible contests. Hargis has played in 106, missing only one contest, the 2013 NCAA Tournament game against Kansas, with a knee injury.
Barring any unforeseen setbacks, and with a modest postseason run, the two will be looking to catch Erin Scholz who set the school record at 132 games played from 1993-97. The duo will reach the top 20 in school history with 121 games played.
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 made its 2013-14 Pac-12 Network debut by hosting Iowa on Nov. 20.
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 386-129 all-time record at the Coors Events Center (.750), and finished the 2012-13 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.