In no time, first-year Colorado basketball coach JR Payne has changed the course and culture of the 18th-ranked Buffaloes. Payne figured it might take a little bit more time to install her system. ''We have a great group of girls here, who just play their hearts out,'' said Payne, whose team hosts rival Colorado State on Thursday night.
A month into the season Connecticut doesn't look quite as vulnerable as many people thought. Two days after narrowly earning the top-ranking in The Associated Press poll, the Huskies easily secured that title on the court with a comfortable 72-61 victory over the Fighting Irish on Wednesday night, their third straight victory over a ranked team. Coach Geno Auriemma said the Huskies (8-0) wouldn't know their winning streak stretched to more than two years if not for the media.
Kelsey Mitchell scored 23 points, becoming the fastest player in NCAA women's basketball history to reach 2,000 points, and No. 12 Ohio State cruised to a 108-73 win over Southern on Wednesday night. Mitchell, who has played in 79 games, became the seventh Buckeye to reach the milestone with a pair of free throws with 3:54 to play. Mitchell is tied for eighth fastest in reaching 1,000 points, getting there in 41 games.