The Colorado women's basketball team broke into the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll at No. 25 Tuesday.

Colorado is ranked in the coaches' poll for the first time since checking in at No. 24 in the final poll of the 2003-04 season. That was also the last time the Buffs were ranked in both major women's basketball polls, finishing 17th in the final Associated Press poll that year. Colorado moved up three spots to No. 20 in the latest AP poll released Monday.

The Buffs had received votes in the previous two coaches polls, finally cracking the top 25 Tuesday with 60 votes. Colorado is 11-0 and one of only four remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I -- all of which are in the coaches' top 25 (No. 1 Connecticut, No. 4 Duke and No. 12 Oklahoma State).

Colorado opens Pac-12 play this weekend with a pair of top-10 opponents coming to Boulder. The Buffs host defending conference champion and No. 4 Stanford on Friday at 8 p.m. No. 7 California visits Sunday at noon.

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The top 25 teams in the USA Today-ESPN Women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 31, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Connecticut (31) 12-0 775 2

2. Baylor 10-1 732 3

3. Stanford 11-1 707 1

4. Duke 11-0 691 4

5. Notre Dame 11-1 654 5

6. Kentucky 12-1 623 6

7. California 10-1 579 8

8. Maryland 10-2 548 9

9. Penn State 10-2 501 10

10. Louisville 12-2 461 12

11. Georgia 12-1 459 7

12. Oklahoma State 11-0 434 13

13. Tennessee 9-3 408 15

14. Purdue 11-2 365 11

15. South Carolina 12-1 349 16

16. Oklahoma 10-2 290 17

17. UCLA 9-2 252 18

18. Dayton 12-1 214 14

19. Nebraska 10-3 183 19

20. Kansas 9-2 166 20

21. Florida State 11-1 140 25

22. Texas A&M 9-4 134 22

23. North Carolina 13-1 101 23

24. Ohio State 10-3 99 24

25. Colorado 11-0 60 NR

Others receiving votes: Iowa State 39; Syracuse 25; Arkansas 23; Miami (Fla.) 17; Toledo 10; Texas-El Paso 9; Vanderbilt 7; Kansas State 6; Iowa 4; Texas 3; DePaul 2; South Florida 2; West Virginia 2; Gonzaga 1.