BOULDER –The Colorado and Colorado State women's basketball teams met for the 50th time at the Coors Events Center on Wednesday. The Buffaloes used a stellar defensive performance and timely shooting to secure the 59-40 victory in front of the 1,394 CU faithful.
STAT LEADERS: Colorado sophomore Mya Hollingshed led the game with 15 points. She went 5-of-9 from the field and snagged seven rebounds. Freshman Peanut Tuitele was right on her heels with 14 points, going 6-of-11 from the floor. She finished one rebound shy of her first career double-double, closing with nine.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The Buffaloes were fueled early on by the hot hand of Hollingshed. The CU sophomore opened with seven of Colorado's first nine points. Colorado State kept the game tight, tying the score twice before going up 13-11 at the 1:28 mark. The Buffs answered in the final minute with a 3-pointer from Hollingshed, regaining a 14-13 lead.
Senior Kennedy Leonard got CU going in the second. After being held scoreless in the first quarter she hit an early 3 to open CU's scoring in the second The Rams came back and tied the game at 17-17 with two minutes gone in the period. Alexis Robinson broke the tie with a hit a key 3 and Tuitele had a put-back layup, assisting CU in a 7-0 run to get the lead to 24-17 with 6:33 to go in the half.
The offense went cold for both teams midway through the second quarter. The Rams closed the quarter 0-for-11 from the field, while the Buffs hit a 0-for-7 skid. Junior Quinessa Caylao-Do ended the Colorado slump, drilling a 3-ball to give the Buffs a 27-21 lead. Robinson hit CU's sixth 3 of the half to take a 30-21 lead into the break.
The Buffs defense stood tall to open the third quarter. CU held the Rams to a 0-for-11 start, extending the CSU cold streak to 0-for-22. The Colorado offense took note and scored the first nine points of the half, building an 18-point lead, 39-21. Colorado shot just 27.8 percent in the quarter but maintained the 15-point cushion.
The Buffs continued to build on CSU's misses in the final quarter, using an 11-1 run to extend the lead to 56-31. Colorado held the Rams to 1-for-14 from the field in the quarter. CU put an exclamation mark on the win with back-to-back 3's from Tuitele and Emma Clarke, pushing the lead to 59-33.