Linda Lappe says the biggest surprise from her 11th-ranked Colorado women's basketball team this season has been how the offense is "moving and clicking" with new point guards leading the way.
CU bid farewell to former standout Chucky Jeffery last season who led the team in multiple statistical categories and in nearly every other imaginable way as well.
Lappe knew she probably didn't have one player on her roster to replace Jeffery's stat line every night this season, but she has been pleased with what she is getting from Lexy Kresl and Brittany Wilson in tandem at the point.
"They're two different point guards, but what they have been able to do in terms of getting our team into the offense, helping our offense just move the ball and get everybody involved I think has been a huge bonus for us," Lappe said.
Jeffery averaged 13.7 points and 3.5 assists last year. She only made 28 percent of her shots from behind the 3-point line.
Kresl and Wilson are combining for 22.1 points and 7.4 assists while making 32 percent of their 3-point attempts.
Kresl moved into the starting role at point guard earlier this season and is averaging three fewer points but one more assist than Jeffery did as a senior. Kresl is also committing one less turnover per game than Jeffery did.
"Obviously, losing Chucky you don't know exactly what your offense will look like, but we've been able to get everybody involved, get our post players involved, get our 3-point shooters involved, get our penetrators involved," Lappe said. "I think we've become a pretty tough team to guard at times.
"I think that's something that we can definitely build on. We always expect to be good defensively and we've spent a lot of time offensively and I think you can definitely see that in the way our players have responded."
The Buffs will be trying to earn the 13th victory over a top-10 team in the program's history on Saturday when they travel to play at No. 7 Louisville.
CU beat the Cardinals in Boulder last season, but Louisville went on to play for the national title in April. Last season's victory over Louisville was CU's last victory over a top-10 team. The Cardinals were ranked No. 8 when they came to town.
But beating one of the nation's best at home is decidedly different from accomplishing the feat on the road in front of a hostile crowd. Lappe said this week's game is a chance for her program to earn a benchmark win and take another step forward, possibly into the top-10 in the nation.
CU hasn't been ranked in the top 10 in the nation since the first week of February 2004 when it was No. 10.
Lappe said Louisville will test the Buffs in every way possible.
"We feel like going to Louisville and playing in that environment is something that none of our players have been in except for maybe our seniors playing in the Big 12 and playing at Iowa State or playing at (Texas) A&M," Lappe said. "We feel like for us to be able to play well in that environment in front of a crowd, and not just in front of a crowd but playing a good team like Louisville ... We're excited for the opportunity.
"We're just going to go in there. We know most people probably don't expect us to win, but we're going to have a great perspective going into the game."