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Buffs Open Pac-12 Tournament on Wednesday

By: Seth Pringle, Assistant SID

Release: March 02, 2021

No. 6 CU takes on No. 11 Washington

LAS VEGAS – The Colorado women’s basketball team put itself in a position that it hasn’t been in since the 2013 Pac-12 Tournament. The Buffaloes, the No. 6 seed, will open as the higher seed when they take on No. 11 Washington at 9 p.m. MT on Wednesday. 

Colorado finished the Pac-12 season with an even 8-8 record, marking the most conference wins for the Buffaloes since finishing 13-5 in 2012-13. 

Having the higher seed in the opening game is a feeling none of the current players have ever experienced.

“You come into the tournament wanting to win,” junior Aubrey Knight explained. “You come into every game wanting to win. Right now, we’re are in a position where we are a higher seed which a lot of us have never experienced before. We are coming off some good wins and are in a position to do well. We know that we can beat every team in this conference, making sure we beat Stanford and a lot of these teams we’ve come really close with.

“I think we’re all coming into this with a fresh mindset. We need to show everyone what team we are right now because we’re different than what we were at the beginning of the season.”

CU enters the tournament on a four-game winning streak, its longest conference winning streak since the 2012-13 season. The Buffs missed out on a chance to make it five, having their regular-season finale canceled at Utah last Sunday. 

A deep run in the tournament means the Buffs have the potential of playing four games in five days. The extra rest is something CU hopes can be an advantage at this point of the season. 

“I think having our game on Sunday canceled may have been a little bit of a blessing in disguise,” Knight added. I think we’re ready. We’ve packed all the Normatecs and recovery things we could. I think we are ready for that grind and hopefully, be in that game on Sunday.”

The canceled game on Sunday was CU’s sixth missed game of the season. The Buffaloes had five postponed before the finale, but in a season of unknowns, the team remains at the ready. 

“I think we’re very ready,” head coach JR Payne noted. “I think we were very ready to play on Sunday. We had a great week of practice and we’re excited for the opportunity to play our travel partner again. I think that added fuel to our readiness. We were frustrated we didn’t get to play and have that momentum build up. Without playing on Sunday, it just kind of put more fuel in our fire as far as being ready to play in Vegas.”

The Buffaloes went 2-0 against the Huskies this season for the first time since the 2017-18 season. CU and UW have met twice at the Pac-12 Tournament with each team getting a win. The last tournament meeting was in Seattle in 2016 (UW, 67-51).

Wednesday’s game will be on the Pac-12 Networks. Cory Lopez and Carol Callan will have the call on the Colorado Radio Network (CUBuffs.com/Listen) and AM 630 locally. 

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