Weekly pairings announced for Pac-12’s 2019-20 women’s basketball schedule

Coach JR Payne’s Buffs open league play with three straight on road

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Colorado head coach JR Payne and the Buffs open the regular season on Nov. 6.
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When the Pac-12 Conference weekly pairings for the 2019-20 men’s basketball schedule were announced a little more than two weeks ago, coach Tad Boyle’s Colorado Buffaloes learned they would enjoy the most favorable home-heavy slate to start league play since the program’s inaugural Pac-12 season of 2011-12.

In turn, that means the CU women’s team will have to hit the road.

On Wednesday the league announced its weekly pairings for the 2019-20 women’s basketball schedule, with the Buffs facing a run of three straight road games to open conference play. Head coach JR Payne will begin her third run through the Pac-12 with a road date at Utah to be played no later than Dec. 29.

The Buffs will visit the Oregon schools Jan 2-5 before returning home for three straight games, beginning with a series against the Los Angeles schools Jan. 9-12. CU has opened the Pac-12 schedule at home the past two seasons, and this year’s schedule gives the Buffs five road openers total in nine seasons in the league.

CU went 5-13 in the Pac-12 in each of Payne’s first two years before struggling to a 2-16 mark (12-18 overall) last season. The Buffs have posted just one winning conference record over the past 15 seasons, going 13-5 in the Pac-12 in 2012-13.

Two weeks ago the Buffs also announced their full nonconference schedule, with CU hosting Regis in a Nov. 4 exhibition match before tipping off the season Nov. 10 at home against the New Jersey Institute of Technology. CU visits state rival Colorado State on Nov. 22 and closes the nonconference portion of the schedule with games against Alabama-Birmingham (Dec. 20) and Tulane (Dec. 21) in New Orleans, meaning the Buffs will play five straight away games in three different time zones between late December and early January.

The tipoff times for the nonconference games, as well as the specific matchups, dates, and times for the Pac-12 schedule, will be announced at a later date.

Colorado Buffaloes women’s basketball 2019-20 schedule

Nov. 4 — REGIS (exhibition).

Nov. 10 — NJIT

Nov. 14 — WISCONSIN

Nov. 17 — at Wyoming

Nov. 22 — at Colorado State

Nov. 24 — JACKSONVILLE

Nov. 26 — INDIANA STATE

Dec. 3 — TEXAS SOUTHERN

Dec. 6 — at Xavier

Dec. 12 — DENVER

Dec. 20 — vs. UAB (Tulane Classic in New Orleans)

Dec. 21 — vs. Tulane (Tulane Classic in New Orleans)

Pac-12 Schedule

By Dec. 29 — at Utah

Jan. 2-5 — at Oregon and Oregon State

Jan. 9-12 — vs. USC and UCLA

Jan. 17-19 — vs. UTAH

Jan. 23-26 — at Cal and Stanford

Jan. 30-Feb. 2 — vs. OREGON and OREGON STATE

Feb. 6-9 — at Washington and Washington State

Feb. 13-16 — vs. CAL and STANFORD

Feb. 20-23 — vs. ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE

Feb. 27-March 1 — at USC and UCLA

March 5-8 — Pac-12 Conference tournament, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas