Buffs Get 2022-23 Underway – College of Colorado Athletics

September 28, 2022
Buffs Get 2022-23 Underway – College of Colorado Athletics

BOULDER — JR Payne and the Colorado girls’s basketball crew formally obtained the 2022-23 season underway because the crew had its first official follow of the season on Tuesday.

The Buffaloes, contemporary off a 2022 NCAA Event look, will look to get again to the Large Dance in 2023 with a lot of the identical squad. CU has seven gamers again from final season and add Charlotte Whittaker again to the rotation after lacking the entire 2021-22 season.

 “We’re simply prepared to start out,” senior Quay Miller stated concerning the upcoming season. “We’re not too nervous about what occurred final season. That is factor to construct from. The NCAA Event is one thing we hope to be at on the finish of the season but it surely’s not one thing we’re reflecting on. We’re extra involved with our course of proper now.”

The lineup will look vastly completely different when the season begins with longtime starters Mya Hollingshed, Peanut Tuitele and Lesila Finau all graduated, making method for a brand new crop of management.

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“We’re returning loads of actually key items,” Payne continued. “Generally you suppose, ‘Oh, we misplaced Mya. Or we misplaced Peanut.’ However we additionally return the Sixth Particular person of the Yr and All-Convention level guards. Lots is coming again and we’re making an attempt to lean on these guys, but additionally attempt to problem them to step up of their roles.”

Senior guard Jaylyn Sherrod, who began each sport she’s performed for the reason that 2020-21 season, will probably be checked out to take the reins of this system. Miller, the Pac-12 Sixth Particular person of the Yr in 2022, enters the season because the crew’s high returning scorer along with her 10.6 factors per sport final season. Kindyll Wetta strikes into her second season, after incomes each All-Freshman and All-Defensive honors in 2022.

“A few of our greatest ground leaders are naturally very quiet folks,” Payne added concerning the crew’s management. “It is outdoors of their consolation zone. With Jay [Sherrod] and Kindyll [Wetta], we may run 100 sprints they usually’re comfortable to do it. It is pure for them to go laborious and win. It isn’t pure for them to talk up and be the loudest voice within the fitness center. These are the areas that we’re making an attempt to problem probably the most.”

Colorado has been capable of get work in on and off the courtroom this offseason, most notably the crew’s 10-day journey to Spain on the finish of August. The journey allowed for the 4 new additions, Ally Fitzgerald, Lizzie Holder, Aaronette Vonleh and Jada Wynn, to get used to their new environment.

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“Happening the journey to Spain was nice,” Payne famous. “There are 100 alternative ways it helps the crew develop. It additionally form of disrupts the pure move of your coaching. The summer season is generally centered on ability growth and we had to spend so much of time systemically making an attempt to get an offense in place so we may play video games. Now you flip it and go to extra ability growth within the fall. Now we’re centered on making an attempt to get a system again in.”

Colorado’s schedule is within the ultimate levels of completion, however the crew will open the season on Nov. 7.