The last undefeated team in Division I men’s or women’s basketball fell on Friday. The No. 22 Colorado Women, who entered the night 13-0, lost to No. 2 Stanford 60-52 in Boulder, Colorado.
The Cardinal, 12-3 overall and 3-0 in the Pac-12, was the No. 1 ranked team against the Buffaloes this season. Stanford’s three losses have come against ranked teams: Texas, South Florida and South Carolina.
The No. 1 Gamecocks lost their only game so far on Dec. 30 in overtime at Missouri. Three women’s teams entered the new year undefeated: Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina. The Tar Heels fell to No. 5 NC State on Jan. 6 and the Wildcats lost to USC on Jan. 9.
“I’m not one to win moral victories. I’m always looking for things that we did well, and there will be a lot of things that we did well,” said the Colorado coach, JR Payne. “There will also be a lot of things we need to learn and grow from.”
Last January, Colorado beat Stanford at Boulder in overtime, one of two losses for the eventual national champion Cardinal.
Haley Jones, the most outstanding player in last year’s Women’s Final Four, led Stanford on Friday with 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Stanford trailed 15-8 after one quarter and 28-24 at halftime. The Cardinal managed to seal the victory, however, beating the Buffs 19-11 in the fourth quarter. And Stanford’s defense held Colorado standout Mya Hollingshed to seven points on 2 of 12 shots for the game.
“I won’t tell you the game was good,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “But it was a serious win.”
Colorado, now 13-1 and 2-1, is hoping to make its first appearance in an NCAA tournament since 2013.