CU women’s basketball preview: Texas Southern
MATCHUP: Texas Southern Tigers (2-3) at Colorado Buffaloes (6-0)
GAME TIME: Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the CU Events Center in Boulder
BROADCAST: Online – CUBuffs.com/WatchWBB. Radio – 630 AM
COACHES: Colorado – JR Payne, 4th season (50-50; 151-163 career). Texas Southern – Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, 1st season (2-3; 220-163 career).
LEADERS: Colorado – Scoring: F Mya Hollingshed, Jr., 13.8 ppg; Rebounding: G Aubrey Knight, So., 7.0 rpg; Assists – G Jaylyn Sherrod, Fr., 5.2 apg. Texas Southern – Scoring: F Niya Mitchell, Sr., 17.5 ppg; Rebounds: Mitchell, 9.2 rpg; Assists: G Cryor, Sr., 7.0 apg.
NOTABLE: CU defeated Indiana State in its last game, 59-46, on Nov. 26. … The Buffs are seeking their first 7-0 start since a 10-0 start to the 2016-17 season. … CU received one vote in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released on Monday. It’s the first time CU has received a vote in the poll since the week of Jan. 9, 2017. … This game completes a three-game homestand for the Buffs, who will play at Xavier on Friday. … The Buffs have three players averaging double-figures in points: Hollingshed (13.8), Quinessa Caylao-Do (11.5) and Sherrod (10.3). Emma Clarke isn’t far behind, at 9.5 per game. … CU and Texas Southern have played one other time, with CU taking a 64-29 victory on Dec. 14, 2007, in Boulder. … One of the best women’s players in history, Cooper-Dyke is familiar with CU after being the head coach at Southern California for four seasons, from 2013-17. This is also in her second stint at TSU, having coached the Tigers during the 2012-13 season. … This will be Texas Southern’s third game against a Pac-12 opponent. The Tigers lost at Oregon, 99-63, on Nov. 16, and at home against Utah, 61-52, on Nov. 22. … In addition to Mitchell’s team-high 17.6 points per game, Cryor averages 16.4 for the Tigers.