Facing the bottom two teams in the Pac-12 Conference, the Colorado women's basketball team seems to have an easy road trip this weekend.
The No. 19 Buffaloes aren't viewing it that way, though.
"We have no room to take it easy right now and we know that," Buffs head coach Linda Lappe said. "Our sense of urgency has to be the highest right now and our team understands that."
Today, CU (22-5, 11-5 Pac-12) will visit last-place Oregon (4-24, 2-14). They follow that with a visit to 11th-place Oregon State (9-19, 3-13) on Sunday.
"We know these games are not, by any means, easy games," Lappe said. "We have to make sure we're at our best.
"We have to make sure we end the season playing well as a team."
Colorado should have plenty of motivation going into tonight's game at Oregon. The Buffs are in prime position to get a top four finish in the Pac-12, which would mean a first-round bye for the conference tournament, which takes place next week.
After No. 4 Stanford defeated Washington on Thursday, all the Buffs have to do is beat the Ducks to wrap up that first-round bye.
"It's really cool, especially this year," sophomore Jen Reese said of CU's opportunity. "I don't think many people on the team have had this experience. In high school maybe, but this is college. To me, this is amazing. It's kind of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You never know when you'll get it back."
While the Buffs are excited about the prospect of a top-four finish, they aren't getting overly amped about it.
"Yes, we could potentially get a four seed, but in the long run, that wasn't our goal at the beginning of the year," Lappe said.
The No. 4 seed would, however, get the Buffs a step closer to some of their bigger goals. That's why Lappe and the Buffs won't be looking past Oregon or Oregon State.
CU, after all, has never defeated the Ducks on their home court, going 0-4.
"Oregon has really good players, players that can score and do a lot of good things," Lappe said.As for Oregon State, Lappe said the Beavers are, "probably playing their best basketball right now and they have a lot of young players that are starting to come into their own."
Seems like an odd thing to say about a team on a 10-game losing streak, but she's right. Oregon State nearly upset No. 6 California on the road on Sunday (losing 58-56). Six days earlier, they nearly knocked off fifth-place Washington, falling 49-44. Those were two of seven losses by five points or less in conference play.
Colorado's plan for the weekend is to simply stick to what has worked so far. The Buffs have played stellar defense throughout the season and have received contributions from a variety of players on offense.
"It's going to be a tough road, but I feel like we're going to take care of business and do what we need to do," said Reese, who is from Clackamas, Ore. "I think everyone is focused. We know what we need to do.
"If we do what we do and play Colorado basketball, we've got a really good shot."
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