BOULDER – The University of Colorado moved up three spots to No. 20 in the Associated Press Women’s Basketball Top 25 poll, released Monday.
Colorado received 224 votes – up from 156 last week - to make its third-straight appearance and highest ranking since coming in at No. 17 in the final AP poll of the 2003-04 season (March 15, 2004). The Buffaloes are 11-0 and one of only four remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I – all of which reside in the AP top 25 (No. 1 UConn, No. 3 Duke, No. 13 Oklahoma State).
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 161st time Colorado has appeared in the AP poll, trailing only Stanford, USC and UCLA among Pac-12 Conference schools. The current three-week run in the poll is the Buffaloes longest since a four-week stretch from Dec. 24, 2007-Jan. 14, 2008.
The USA Today Sports Coaches poll is scheduled to be released on Tuesday. The Buffaloes haven’t been ranked in that poll since April 2004. CU received 34 votes from the coaches’ poll last week, sitting in the second spot of teams receiving votes outside the top 25.
Colorado will open Pac-12 Conference play this weekend with a pair of top-10 opponents coming to Boulder. The Buffaloes host defending league champion and current No. 4 ranked Stanford on Friday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m. and then will welcome in No. 7 California on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 12 p.m.