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CU Buffs women take aim at No. 8 Stanford

Buffs are 2-4 since nearly upsetting Cardinal on Jan. 24

Colorado’s Emma Clarke gets past Cal’s Chen Yue during the Pac-12 game in Boulder on February 14, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

It was one of those games that those involved with the Colorado women’s basketball team won’t soon forget.

In fact, it might sting for years.

On Jan. 24, the Buffs were 1.6 seconds away from pulling off a monumental upset at then-No. 6 Stanford. Instead, the Cardinal tied the game at the buzzer and then dominated overtime for the 76-68 victory.

CU (15-9, 4-9 Pac-12) will take aim at the now-No. 8 Cardinal (22-3, 11-2) again on Sunday at CU Events Center.

“I do love the chance to get back at them and would love to beat them at home,” said junior Mya Hollingshed, whose 3-pointer in the closing seconds was nearly the game-winner in last month’s meeting.

Nearly knocking off the Cardinal was CU’s third close call against a top-10 team and provided more belief that the Buffs were a much different team this year.

Since that day, however, the Buffs are 2-4, with the only wins coming against last-place California – and both of those games came down to the final minutes.

“I don’t feel that we’ve lost anything (since the Stanford game),” Hollingshed said. “I think we’re just trying to re-identify ourselves, just getting back to what we know how to do, which is defending, executing our offense and securing stops.”

The Buffs did some of that on Friday in snapping a four-game losing streak by knocking off Cal, 64-57.

Now, they turn their focus to the Cardinal, who come in just one game behind Pac-12-leading Oregon in the conference standings.

“We put (the previous loss to Stanford) behind us, but I think it’s fair to say it’s in the back of all of our minds because we knew we had a great opportunity,” freshman point guard Jaylyn Sherrod. “We just didn’t finish it. This game on Sunday is very important. I think a lot of people are hyped about it. I think we all are ready for it and know what we have to do.”

CU women’s basketball preview: Stanford

MATCHUP: No. 8 Stanford Cardinal (22-3, 11-2 Pac-12) at Colorado Buffaloes (15-9, 4-9 Pac-12)

GAME TIME: Sunday, Noon MT, at CU Events Center

BROADCAST: TV – Pac-12 Networks. Radio – 630 AM

COACHES: Colorado – JR Payne, 4th season (59-59; 160-172 career). Stanford – Tara VanDerveer, 34th season (937-199; 1,089-250 career).

LEADERS: Colorado  – Scoring: F Mya Hollingshed, Jr., 13.4 ppg; Rebounding: Hollingshed, 7.0 rpg; Assists – G Jaylyn Sherrod, Fr., 5.3 apg. Stanford – Scoring: G Lexie Hull, So., 13.7 ppg; Rebounds: Hull, 6.2 rpg; Assists: G Kiana Williams, 3.9 apg.

NOTABLE: The Buffs snapped a four-game losing streak on Friday with a 64-57 victory against California. Hollingshed had her eighth career double-double. … The Buffs are 2-7 in their last nine games, with both wins against Cal. … CU lost at Stanford, 76-68 in overtime, on Jan. 24. Stanford hit a layup at the buzzer to force overtime. … CU has lost 30 consecutive games to Associated Press Top-25 opponents. … The Buffs are 4-20 all-time against Stanford, including 2-7 at home. They are 0-15 against the Cardinal since joining the Pac-12. … Stanford has won two in a row, including 97-64 at Utah on Friday. … During the game, CU will honor the 1994-95 team that went 30-3 and reached the Elite Eight.