College athletics is a results-oriented business. So, when you look at the Colorado women’s basketball team and see 1-7 in their last eight games, its easy to say the Buffs aren’t getting the job done. It’s true, they aren’t finding ways to win games.
Keep in mind, however, that this is a team that went 18-16 a year ago, lost its all-time leading scorer (and one of its best all-around players ever) to graduation, has had to rely on three freshmen for big chunks of this season and is playing in a brand-new conference where it knew virtually nothing about any of the other 11 opponents. Hindsight is always 20/20, but it probably wasn’t fair to expect this team to finish in the top half of the Pac-12.
Right now, the Buffs are 10th in the conference, which is about where they were predicted to finish. That spot should be a little higher, as the Buffs let a few games get away from them. But, I don’t think it should be considered a disappointment if CU finishes in the 8-10 range in the standings.
This is a results-oriented business and while the wins aren’t showing up as frequently as they want, the Buffs are getting positive results. When it’s all said and done, however, what I’ll take from this season is that the Buffs are still headed in the right direction. Watching Linda Lappe and her staff during games and in a few practices this season, they know what they’re doing and they’re going to get this team to improve.
The freshmen have played well at times and will only get better. Chucky Jeffery has had a good season at point guard and may have learned more than anyone this season. We can’t forget this is her first experience being the team’s leader. She’ll be better next year.
Bottom line, I think this team has improved in a lot of ways this season and will continue to get better — including in the win column — as they move forward.