RENO, Nev. –The Colorado women's basketball team improved to 5-0 on the season with its 78-68 win over Utah State on Sunday. The Buffaloes finished with four players in double figures and shot a season-high 12 3-pointers.
STAT LEADERS: Senior Kennedy Leonard totaled a team-high 17 points. She was on triple-double watch, handing out eight assists to go with her seven rebounds. Junior Quinessa Caylao-Do and sophomore Mya Hollingshed finished with 15 points apiece. Hollingshed was just shy of a double-double with nine rebounds. Senior Alexis Robinson went 4-of-7 from behind the arc, finishing with a season-high 14 points.
Utah State's Shannon Dufficy led all scorers with 23.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The game opened at a blistering pace. Both sides seemingly could not miss out of the gate. Colorado hit 10 field goals in the period, shooting 66.7 percent from the field. Utah State was just as efficient, shooting 64.3 percent (9-14).
The Buffs used the 3-ball to their advantage throughout the first half. 3's from Robinson, Hollingshed, Caylao-Do and Emma Clarke helped CU to an 18-14 lead. Colorado held onto the four-point lead to close the quarter up 26-22.
Neither side was able to maintain the pop-a-shot pace in the second quarter. Colorado started 1-for-6 from the field, while the Aggies were held to a 0-for-7 open. A 3-pointer from Robinson got CU offense clicking. The Buffs used four more 3's in the quarter, capped by a Leonard step-back at the buzzer to take a 43-31 lead at the break.
CU looked like it would have a repeat of its first quarter performance, at the onset of the third quarter. The Buffs came out of the locker room and converted on their first three shots. CU's lead jumped to 16 in the quarter with back-to-back 3's from Leonard and Clarke. Utah State battled back to cut the Colorado lead down to eight, 61-53, to close the frame.
The Aggies fought all the way back, cutting the Colorado lead down to three, 66-63, at the 4:42 mark. The Buffs dug in the rest of the way, finishing 5-for-5 from the field. Robinson hit a key 3 with 1:47 on the clock to neutralize the Utah State comeback.
KEY STATISTICS: Colorado shot a season-high 51.9 percent (27-52) from the field. Of CU's 27 field goals almost half came from long range. Colorado shot 12-of-24 from deep, with six different players getting in on the action.
NOTES: Colorado is off to its best start since the 2016-17 season (10-0)…Leonard tied her season-high in assists…CU had a season-low 34 rebounds…Hollingshed matched her season-high in points…Robinson now has 989 career points…She also moved into 11th all-time with 142 career 3's…Leonard now has 143 (10th).
UP NEXT: Colorado has a quick turnaround when it gets back to Boulder. The Buffs will play their third game in five days, hosting Pepperdine on Tuesday.