Arizona women’s basketball tries to protect the home field as the teetering Colorado comes to town

Facing an injured opponent isn’t always as easy as it seems. The Arizona Wildcats will face just such a situation when the Buffaloes come to town on Sunday. Colorado started the season 13-0, but will appear in Tucson with a three-game loss streak. Can the home team make four?

When Mya Hollingshed announced she would be returning for her super senior season, Colorado head coach JR Payne had to be one of the luckiest coaches in the US Hollingshed has been one of the most underrated stars in the Pac-12 for most of her career.

The Return of Hollingshed and the Game of Jaylyn Sherrod and frida forman brought Colorado to a perfect record in non-conference play. They have also received a huge boost from Quay Miller’s Washington transfer, who averages 12.4 points per game off the bench.

Still, that 13-0 record came with question marks for the Buffs. It was a weak program outside of the conference. What would they do if they faced teams like Stanford?

The answer came in their opening game Pac-12. The Buffalos started well, taking 10 steals and taking a lead in the opening quarter at their home field. However, the Cardinal calmed down and won the other three quarters to take the win.

Since then, Colorado has lost two on the road, including a tough overtime game in Tempe when ASU finally opened Pac-12 play on Friday night. To send the Buffalos into a four-game slip, the Wildcats will likely have to play the same way the Sun Devils did: scrap and fight.

Colorado has the number 32 defense in Division I women’s basketball according to the statistics service Her Hoop Stats. Arizona is eighth. The Wildcats also have the superior offense, 28th to 65th of the Buffalos.

Both play at a leisurely pace. Arizona has 68.4 possessions per 40 minutes compared to 68.5 in Colorado. That places them at number 283 and number 282 respectively of the 356 DI teams.

Can the Wildcats Prolong the Buffalo’s Misery? It could get to the fourth quarter, just like Arizona’s last five games.

No. 22 Colorado (13-3, 0-3) @ No. 10 Arizona (13-2, 3-2)

When and where: The game kicks off on Sunday, January 23 at noon MST at the McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona.

TV: The game will air on Pac-12 Mountain.

Radio: The radio call by Brody Dryden is at 1400 AM (KTUC). The broadcast can also be viewed online at: The Varsity Network or on the station’s website.

Rankings and ratings: Arizona is ranked number 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 and number 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/WBCA Poll. The Wildcats are No. 10 in the net and No. 9 inch The ranking of her Hoop Stats.

Colorado is ranked number 22 by the AP and number 23 by the coaches. The Buffalos are number 34 in the NET and number 49 according to Her Hoop Stats.

projections: Her Hoop stats give the Wildcats an 86.8 percent chance of winning at home, predicting 65 points for Arizona against 53 for Colorado. Arizona would also have a significant advantage over a neutral court or in Colorado, according to the statistics service.

Adia Barnes says: “Colorado is different (than Utah). So, (Utah) is a very attacking team. I think Colorado is more defensive, sloppy, playing an aggressive zone, very different, which has more athletic ability. So I think it’s going to be a tough weekend for us.”

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