Last minute things to know for No. 22 Colorado vs. No. 2 Stanford

The time has nearly arrived for No. 22 Colorado women’s basketball’s pristine opportunity against the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal.

This game has received plenty of hype in recent days and for good reason. JR Payne’s Buffs are the only remaining undefeated Division I (men’s or women’s) team and have finally begun to get some national recognition. Stanford, last year’s National Champion, is also no stranger to the spotlight.

“I think this game is just like any other game we’ve had this season,” fifth-year senior forward Mya Hollingshed said. “We’re just going to try to maintain and do the things we’re good at. We’ll just continue to play our brand of basketball. Last year there was a lot of hype because they were No. 1. This year is no different with them at No. 2.”

Click ahead for three things to know ahead of Friday night’s matchup:

Stanford recruits a little too well in the state of Colorado

Three Colorado natives (Jana Van Gytenbeek, Francesca Belibi and Ashten Prechtel) are currently on Stanford’s roster — that’s too many. Colorado holds plenty of talent at the high school level and the Buffs need to dominate recruiting in their own state. Another win over Stanford goes a long way in swaying recruits.

Up next: Remember last year?

This potential “upset” happened last season

If Colorado does upset Stanford, it won’t be unfamiliar territory for the Buffs. Nearly one year to the day back in 2021, the unranked Buffs led by Mya Hollingshed’s monster game beat then-No. 1 Stanford 77-72 in overtime. Colorado also played a close game on the road against Stanford later in the season. But if you followed the Buffs closely last season, neither of those results were exactly shocking; this team is good.

Up next: A historical perspective

It’s the first top-25 matchup in Boulder since 2014

The last time Colorado’s women team was ranked and faced another top-25 team in Boulder was back in 2014 when the then-No. 17 Buffs fell 87-77 to the No. 4 Cardinal. Let’s hope for a better outcome this time around.

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