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CU women's basketball coach Linda Lappe hopes last year's strong run in the Pac-12 Conference tournament provides a springboard to bigger things in 2015-16.
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CU women’s basketball coach Linda Lappe hopes last year’s strong run in the Pac-12 Conference tournament provides a springboard to bigger things in 2015-16.

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s not that University of Colorado women’s basketball coach Linda Lappe wasn’t excited about her team’s upstart run through the Pac-12 Conference tournament last spring.

Lappe was just expecting to see that spark much sooner.

As Lappe and standout senior Jamee Swan met the masses at the league’s media day on Wednesday, both player and coach cited the Buffs’ run into the league semifinals as a positive springboard into the offseason.

“It was a confidence-builder, but it also was a little bit of a disappointment because we thought we should have been doing that before that point,” Lappe said. “But we knew we had it in us. Being able to take some of those lessons and being able to apply those to this year…the focus that we had the last four weeks of the season last year was great.”

Despite finishing 15-17 overall and 6-12 in the league, the Buffs knocked off a pair of higher-seeded teams in the Pac-12 tournament, including an upset of top-seeded regular season champ Oregon State in the second round. That same Oregon State team returns four starters and was selected as the league favorite in the preseason coaches’ poll.

“It’s a motivator for this year, knowing that we can do it,” Swan said. “All it takes is a little bit of heart and a little bit of effort and we can get back to where we used to be.”

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