CU women's basketball schedule

Nov. 6 - CU 78, Regis 40, exhibition

Nov. 11 - CU 84, Northern Arizona 60

Nov. 16 - CU 71, Texas A&M 58

Nov. 20 - CU 72, CSU 53

Nov. 25 - CU 60, Valparaiso 32

Nov. 26 - CU 58, Wisconsin 48

Nov. 30 - CU 84, San Francisco 66

Dec. 4 - CU 68, Idaho 59

Dec. 8 - CU 71, Denver 36

Dec. 17 - CU 77, Weber State 59

Dec. 20 - CU 67, Texas-Pan American 49

Dec. 21 - CU 52, Creighton 49

Dec. 31 - CU 58, Utah 52

Jan. 5 - Washington 75, CU 67

Jan. 7 - CU 57, Washington State 56

Jan. 12 - California 68, CU 55

Jan. 14 - Stanford 80, CU 54

Jan. 19 - Arizona 64, CU 43

Jan. 22 - CU 56, Arizona 54

Jan. 26 - CU 69, USC 67

Jan. 29 - UCLA 62, CU 54

Feb. 2 - Oregon State 65, CU 45

Feb. 4 - Oregon 67, CU 62

Feb. 9 - CU 69, Arizona 59

Feb. 11 - Arizona State 60, CU 47

Feb. 18 - Utah at CU, 5 p.m.

Feb. 23 - CU at Stanford, 8 p.m.

Feb. 25 - CU at California, 3 p.m.

Mar. 1 - Oregon at CU, 6:30 p.m.

Mar. 3 - Oregon State at CU, 4 p.m.

Regardless of how the Colorado women's basketball team does next year, coach Linda Lappe expects the NCAA Tournament to make an impact on her program.

CU announced earlier this week that the Coors Events Center would be one of the 16 host sites for the first and second rounds of the 2013 NCAA Women's Tournament.

"Our administration did a great job in putting out a bid for that," Lappe said. "I really thank them for that. It shows a true commitment to women's basketball. It's an exciting event and I know the people of Boulder are going to come out and support it really, really well, and I hope we can be a part of it."

CU last hosted Tournament games several times, most recently in 2006.

Hosting the event could serve as motivation for the Buffs, who have not played in the NCAA Tournament since 2004.

"You have to have smaller goals within that," Lappe said. "Yes, we want to be a part of the NCAA Tournament as fast as we possibly can. At the same time there are a lot of steps between now and then to be in position to have a chance to get into the NCAA Tournament and then, obviously, playing on our home floor.

"It's something we'll work hard for and shoot for, but it doesn't come easily. The NCAA Tournament is a tough thing to get in to."

With the first two rounds being held in Boulder, though, the selection committee could favor the Buffs if they are a bubble team.

Even if the Buffs don't get into the Tournament next year, Lappe hopes that hosting will serve as inspiration for the Buffs.

"It's a great atmosphere," Lappe said. "None of our players have had the opportunity to be in the NCAA Tournament. They don't know what it's all about. They don't know the excitement. You can't even explain the excitement surrounding the NCAA Tournament. To be able to live that one way or another is going to be really beneficial, for our young players especially."