"It's great, but there are a lot of coaches with 100 wins," she said.
True. In fact, there are more than 40 college women's basketball coaches with 600-plus wins. Still, it's a big deal that Lappe is on the verge of reaching the century mark. The third-year Colorado coach has a 99-66 career record entering today's game against New Mexico.
Lappe is 49-30 at CU (10-0 this year) and has the 23rd-ranked Buffaloes looking like a team that will win a lot more during her tenure.
More so than the number of wins she's accumulated, Lappe said she enjoys the memories of how she got those wins. She went 50-36 in three years at Metro State before coming to CU.
"Any time you reach a number, you have to take a chance and look back and make sure you appreciate every single one of those wins and everybody that's put on a uniform for you," Lappe said.
"You've got to take a look back at all the players that have worked very, very hard and all the staff members you've had and assistant coaches who have put in a lot of time and effort. One hundred is just a byproduct of a lot of hard work and a lot of pretty good teams. It's something you can build on."
Lappe's hard work can't be ignored, either. She's been demanding of her players at CU,but has also brought out the best in them and led them to a good deal of success.
"She's made me a great player," junior Brittany Wilson said. "She's coached (Brittany) Spears and a lot of us to be even better than we probably would have been with the last coaching staff, so you want to get her recognized just as much as the team is getting recognized right now, and I think that's a great thing."
Lappe remembers being a part of the CU team that helped former coach Ceal Barry get her 400th win and how "that was a really big deal and we were really, really happy for her as players."
Barry, who won 427 games at CU and 510 in her career, has been a big influence on Lappe's coaching career, but so have a few other legendary coaches.
"You have to look at a lot of different people, I think," Lappe said. "If a person tries to emulate another person too much, I think you lose who you are and you lose the foundation of what it's going to take for you to be successful.
"I have studied a lot of different coaches, whether it's from afar or actually sat down and talked with them. You have to take the parts you think would fit your personality and fit your system as a coach."
So far, she's taken those parts and made it work.
Buffs ready to go
After taking three days off for the Christmas break, the Buffs returned to practice on Wednesday and showed no signs of rust.
"We had three really good days of practice," Wilson said. "The girls came back anxious and ready to get back to playing."
New Mexico (8-4) is just 2-3 in its last five games, but did hand Texas Tech one of its two losses.
"It takes a pretty good team to beat Texas Tech, so we're not taking them lightly by any means and we're not looking past them," Lappe said. "It's a game that we think is really important to where we're going. This is our last chance to get better before we start conference play."
Returning to action
Wilson's twin sister, Ashley, was all smiles Friday. After having arthroscopic surgery on her right knee a month ago, Wilson will play today against the Lobos. She has missed the past six games. Sophomore Jasmine Sborov will also be back in uniform. She has missed two games after dealing with a minor heart issue. Lappe said both will play sparingly.
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