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Pac-12 women’s basketball: Following 3-1 road trip, Colorado sits atop conference standings

After finishing in third place last season, the Colorado women’s basketball team (19-3, 9-2) is currently tied with Stanford for the top spot in the Pac-12 standings with about one month before the conference tournament.

However, because Colorado beat the Cardinal (20-3, 9-2) in their only matchup of the regular season, the Buffs own the tiebreaker. Oregon State (18-3, 7-3) and UCLA (17-4, 6-4), the only two Pac-12 teams that have beaten Colorado, currently sit in third and fifth place, respectively.

With the Pac-12 featuring six teams in Monday’s USA TODAY Sports women’s basketball coaches poll, including Colorado at No. 6, leading the conference standings should bring great pride. Being in the nation’s top conference also warrants the potential for an unexpected loss, though. In the first game of their most recent four-game road trip, the Buffs lost to No. 19 Oregon State before bouncing back and winning three straight.

As head coach JR Payne looks to avoid another upset, and potentially losing the No. 1 spot in the Pac-12 standings, she’ll continue banking on her talented core of Jaylyn Sherrod, Frida Formann, Quay Miller and Aaronette Vonleh to end the season. With seven games left, including a four-game stretch against ranked opponents, the Buffs must stay focused in their quest to secure the Pac-12 tournament’s top seed.

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