Colorado Buffaloes women's basketball

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Colorado Buffaloes
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UniversityUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Head coach JR Payne (5th season)
Conference Pac-12
Location Boulder, Colorado
Arena CU Events Center
(Capacity: 11,064)
Nickname Buffaloes
ColorsSilver, black, and gold [1]
     
Uniforms
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NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1993, 1995, 2002
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1994, 1997, 2003
NCAA Tournament Second round
1996, 1988, 1996, 2001
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013, 2022
AIAW Tournament Appearances
1981, 1982
Conference tournament champions
1989, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997
Conference regular season champions
1989, 1995

The Colorado Buffaloes women's basketball team represents the University of Colorado Boulder and competes in the Pac-12 Conference of NCAA Division I.

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Conferences

Colorado currently plays in the Pac-12 Conference. Prior to the 2011/12 season, they played in the Big 12 Conference. The Buffaloes joined the Big 12 in 1997 when the Big 12 was formed, following the merger of the Big Eight Conference with several former members of the Southwest Conference.

Coaches

Colorado's head women's basketball coach is JR Payne. Payne was hired prior to the 2016–17 season. She replaced Linda Lappe, who was fired at the end of the 2015–16 season with a 7–23 record. [2]

On March 28, 2016, JR Payne became head coach at Colorado. The eighth head coach in program history, Payne replaced Linda Lappe, who was fired after only managing only a career 33-57 (.367) record in Pac-12 play. JR Payne inherited a program that only finished 7-23 (2-16 Pac-12) in Lappe's final season. JR Payne's 2018-19 Colorado team began Pac-12 conference play with 11 straight losses, the worst start to conference play in program history. [3] JR Payne's 2018-19 Buffs lost on the road to #4/#4 ranked Oregon 102-43, the 59 point loss was the worst loss in 35 years, and 4th worst in program history. [4] The Buffs home win against USC on Feb 10, 2019 allowed CU to prevent from having both the first 12 game losing streak in program history, and the first winless conference season in program history. [5]

Roster

2020–21 Colorado Buffaloes women's basketball team
PlayersCoaches
Pos.#NameHeightYearPrevious schoolHometown
G 00Jaylyn Sherrod5 ft 7 in(1.7 m)So Rasmay Birmingham, AL
G 1Tayanna Jones6 ft 1 in(1.85 m)Jr North Johnston
Rend Lake College
Selma, NC
G 2Madison Buford5 ft 9 in(1.75 m)So Lutheran North
Georgetown
St. Louis, MO
G 3Frida Formann5 ft 11 in(1.8 m)FrFalkonergårdens Gymnasium Bagsværd, Norway
G 4Lesila Finau5 ft 10 in(1.78 m)Jr Dublin Dublin, CA
G 11Zuzanna Kulinska5 ft 10 in(1.78 m)So New York Military Gdynia, Poland
G 13Kylee Blacksten6 ft 3 in(1.91 m)Fr Air Academy Colorado Springs, CO
G/F 14Raanee Smith6 ft 2 in(1.88 m)So Friends' Central Philadelphia, PA
C 20Maura Singer6 ft 4 in(1.93 m)RS Fr Columbine Littleton, CO
G/F 21Mya Hollingshed6 ft 3 in(1.91 m)Sr Bellaire Houston, TX
G 24Aubrey Knight6 ft 0 in(1.83 m)Jr Ventura Ventura, CA
F 25Annika Jank6 ft 3 in(1.91 m)Sr Edina Edina, MN
G 32Allysa LaFontaine6 ft 0 in(1.83 m)Fr Boswell Fort Worth, TX
F 33Sirena Tuitele6 ft 1 in(1.85 m)Jr Pleasant Valley Chico, CA
G 44Sophie Gerber6 ft 0 in(1.83 m)Fr Desert Mountain Scottsdale, AZ
F 45Charlotte Whittaker6 ft 3 in(1.91 m)So St Andrew's College Ventura, CA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: May 13, 2021

Year by year results

Conference tournament winners noted with (W)
Source [6]

SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseasonCoaches' pollAP poll
Carol Hochsprung (Intermountain)(1975–1976)
1975Carol Hochsprung 2–112–10
Carol Hochsprung:2–112–10
Jerry Zancanelli (Intermountain)(1975–1978)
1975–76Jerry Zancanelli 8–125–8
1976–77Jerry Zancanelli 14–125–8
1977–78Jerry Zancanelli 18–145–8
Jerry Zancanelli:40–3815–24
Rene Portland (Intermountain)(1978–1980)
1978–79Rene Portland 22–910–3AIAW Regional
1979–80Rene Portland 18–119–1AIAW Regional
Rene Portland:40–2019–4
Sox Walseth (Intermountain, Big 8)(1980–1983)
1980–81Sox Walseth 28–510–0 AIAW First Round
1981–82Sox Walseth 28–88–2 AIAW First Round
Big Eight Conference
1982–83Sox Walseth 21–87–5
Sox Walseth:77–2125–7
Ceal Barry (Big 8, Big 12)(1983–2005)
1983–84Ceal Barry 10–183–11
1984–85Ceal Barry 6–222–12
1985–86Ceal Barry 21–99–52nd
1986–87Ceal Barry 14–146–8
1987–88Ceal Barry 21–118–6NCAA Second Round (Play-In)
1988–89Ceal Barry 27–414–01st (W)NCAA Second Round (Bye)199
1989–90Ceal Barry 17–1110–4
1990–91Ceal Barry 18–118–6
1991–92Ceal Barry 22–911–32nd (W)NCAA First Round
1992–93Ceal Barry 27–412–21stNCAA Elite Eight910
1993–94Ceal Barry 27–512–21stNCAA Sweet Sixteen105
1994–95Ceal Barry 30–314–01st (W)NCAA Elite Eight52
1995–96Ceal Barry 26–99–5(W)NCAA Second Round1817
Big 12 Conference
1996–97Ceal Barry 23–912–4T-2nd (W) (Big 12)NCAA Sweet Sixteen1518
1997–98Ceal Barry 12–165–118th
1998–99Ceal Barry 15–147–9T-8thWNIT Sixteen
1999–2000Ceal Barry 10–194–1210th
2000–01Ceal Barry 22–911–54thNCAA Second Round2320
2001–02Ceal Barry 24–1011–5T-3rdNCAA Elite Eight912
2002–03Ceal Barry 24–811–54thNCAA Sweet Sixteen19
2003–04Ceal Barry 22–811–53rdNCAA First Round2417
2004–05Ceal Barry 9–192–14T-11th
Ceal Barry:427–242192–134
Kathy McConnell-Miller (Big 12)(2005–2010)
2005–06Kathy McConnell-Miller 9–213–1311th
2006–07Kathy McConnell-Miller 13–176–10T-7th
2007–08Kathy McConnell-Miller 19–155–119thWNIT Semifinals
2008–09Kathy McConnell-Miller 11–183–1312th
2009–10Kathy McConnell-Miller 13–173–1311th
Kathy McConnell-Miller:65–88 (.425)20–60 (.250)
Linda Lappe (Big 12, Pac-12)(2010–2016)
2010–11Linda Lappe 18–166–10T-8th (Big 12)WNIT Quarterfinals
Pac-12 Conference
2011–12Linda Lappe 21–146–1210th (Pac-12)WNIT Quarterfinals
2012–13Linda Lappe 25–713–54thNCAA First Round1919
2013–14 Linda Lappe 19–156–12T-9thWNIT Quarterfinals
2014–15 Linda Lappe 15–176–12T-9th
2015–16 Linda Lappe 7–232–1612th
Linda Lappe:105–92 (.533)39–67 (.368)
JR Payne (Pac-12)(2016–present)
2016–17 JR Payne 17–165–13T-9th WNIT Third round
2017–18 JR Payne 15–165–139th
2018–19 JR Payne 12–182–1612th
2019–20 JR Payne 16–145–13T-9th
2020–21 JR Payne 12–118–86th WNIT Quarterfinals
JR Payne:72–75 (.490)25–63 (.284)
Total:828–583 (.587)

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

NCAA tournament results

The Buffaloes have appeared in 13 NCAA Tournaments, with a record of 17-13

YearSeedRoundOpponentResult
1988 #7First Round
Second Round
#10 Eastern Illinois
#2 Long Beach State
W 78−72
L 64–103
1989 #3Second Round#6 UNLVL 74–84
1992 #7First Round#10 Southern IllinoisL 80–84 (OT)
1993 #4Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#5 UC Santa Barbara
#1 Stanford
#2 Texas Tech
W 81−54
W 80–67
L 54–79
1994 #3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Marquette
#6 Oregon
#2 Stanford
W 77−74
W 92–71
L 62–78
1995 #1First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Holy Cross
#9 SW Missouri State
#4 George Washington
#3 Georgia
W 83−49
W 78–34
W 77–61
L 79–82
1996 #3First Round
Second Round
#14 Tulane
#6 Auburn
W 83−75
L 61–66
1997 #2First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#15 Marshall
#7 Stephen F. Austin
#3 Tennessee
W 69−49
W 75–74
L 67–75
2001 #6First Round
Second Round
#11 Siena
#3 Vanderbilt
W 98−78
L 59–65
2002 #3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#14 Southern
#6 LSU
#2 Stanford
#1 Oklahoma
W 88−61
W 69–58
W 62–59
L 60–94
2003 #6First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#11 BYU
#3 North Carolina
#2 Villanova
W 84−45
W 86–67
L 51–53
2004 #6First Round#11 UC Santa BarbaraL 49–76
2013 #5First Round#12 KansasL 52–67

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