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 Cardinals, 12-3 overall and 3-0 in the Pac-12, were the first-ranked team the Buffaloes played this season. All three of Stanford’s losses came against ranked teams: Texas, South Florida and South Carolina.
The No. 1 Gamecocks lost their only game thus 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 January 6 and the Wildcats lost to USC on January 9.
“I’m not one for moral victories. I’m always looking for things we did right, and there will be a lot of things we did right,” Colorado coach JR Payne said. “There will also be a lot of things that we have to learn and grow from.”
Last January, Colorado defeated Stanford in Boulder in overtime, one of two losses for the eventual national champion Cardinal.
Haley Jones, the standout 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. However, the Cardinal was able to seal the win by outscoring the Buffs 19-11 in the fourth quarter. And Stanford’s defense limited Colorado standout Mya Hollingshed to seven points on 2-of-12 shooting for the game.
“I’m not going to tell you the game was pretty,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “But it was a brave victory.”
Colorado, now 13-1 and 2-1, hopes to make its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2013.