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Colorado Buffs women’s basketball returns to AP Top 25 – The Denver Post

A weekend sweep has carried the Colorado women’s basketball team back into the national rankings.

On Monday, the Buffaloes jumped into the Associated Press Top 25, at No. 25.

CU (18-5, 9-3 Pac-12) defeated Oregon and Oregon State on the road over the weekend. It was the Buffs’ first weekend sweep in Oregon since the 2012-13 season.

The Buffs are in the Top 25 for the third time in the past four weeks and receiving votes for the fifth consecutive week. They dropped out of the rankings last week after a home loss to USC, but rebounded with an impressive set of games in Oregon.

“This was a big one for us,” senior guard Jaylyn Sherrod said after the Buffs’ 67-48 win at Oregon State on Sunday. “You know me, I take everything personal: a loss, wins – (looking at) what I can do better.

“So I think last week (losing to USC) just really allowed me, as one of the leaders on this team, to say you can never take nothing for granted. … And I think we learned the hard way, in a sense; not in the sense that we took USC for granted, but we just didn’t come out and play this game. So we just knew no matter what, no matter what the opponent record is, you just come out and fight because it can literally be anybody’s night.”

It has been CU’s night a lot this season, as the Buffs are off their best 12-game start to conference play since the 2000-01 team started 9-3 in the Big 12.

CU, which moved up to No. 20 in the NET rankings on Monday, will host Washington State on Friday at 7 p.m. at the CU Events Center.

South Carolina (23-0) remained at No. 1 in the AP poll, while Indiana (22-1) jumped to No. 2. LSU (23-0), Connecticut (21-3) and Iowa (19-4) round out the top five.

CU is one of five Pac-12 teams in the rankings. Stanford (22-3, 10-2) dropped four spots to No. 6 after its loss at Washington on Sunday, while Utah (20-2, 10-2) remained at No. 7.

Arizona (18-5, 8-4) moved up five spots to No. 17 after overtime wins at UCLA and USC. UCLA (18-6, 7-5) slipped four spots to No. 18 after its loss to Arizona.

USC (17-6, 7-5) was among the others receiving votes.

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