KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If Kathy McConnell-Miller is worried about her job she isn’t showing it.
The fifth-year Colorado women’s basketball coach put the Buffs through a spirited workout on Wednesday night here at Municipal Auditorium.
McConnell-Miller’s boss, athletic director Mike Bohn, watched what could have been her last practice with the Buffs.
CU, the No. 11 seed, faces No. 6 Baylor tonight in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.
The Bears, who hammered the Buffs 76-42 in Waco on Feb. 6, will be without suspended star Brittney Griner. The 6-8 freshman had 24 points, 11 blocks and 10 rebounds in the first meeting with CU.
“I think it’s a very different game for us,” an upbeat McConnell-Miller said of the impact not having to face Griner could have. “They become more guard-oriented and won’t be as focused on getting the ball inside. So it’s just a different dynamic. It’s clearly a better dynamic for us just because of what our weaknesses are and where we need to improve. They’re still very talented and it’s going to be a challenge.”
McConnell-Miller has a 65-87 record at CU with one post-season appearance (the 2008 WNIT). The Buffs (13-16) would have to win the Big 12 tournament to keep the season alive beyond this trip.
Bohn plans to stay through the end of the tournament and will not make any decisions regarding McConnell-Miller’s job status until returning to Boulder on Sunday.