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Seeing an opportunity to dominate, Julie Seabrook took advantage of it.

The lone senior on the Colorado women's basketball team, she had one of the best games of her career on Wednesday, leading the Buffs to an 84-66 win over San Francisco at Coors Events Center.

"I thought Julie played tremendous," CU head coach Linda Lappe said. "I felt like our team wasn't extremely focused, but she was a player that I thought was very, very focused."

Seabrook finished with a career-high 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds, helping the Buffs to their first 6-0 start since the 1993-94 season.

"After Rachel (Hargis) got her second foul (in the game's third minute), we were kind of lacking a little bit of a post presence," said Seabrook, who had the seventh double-digit scoring night of her career. "I've been working on my post game throughout the summer and I really felt it (Wednesday). I felt like I could bury them down inside because they're a lot smaller and not as strong as us.

"It was just flowing. I don't know what it was, but it feels good."

Seabrook wasn't the only Buff to come in focused. Chuck Jeffery scored a career-high 26 points (on 10-of-14 shooting) and pulled down 12 rebounds. It was her third double-double of the season.

"I was just playing the game," she said. "I didn't force anything. I took what was given to me and I knocked down my shots."

The rebounding efforts of Seabrook and Jeffery were particularly important because the Buffs were missing two of their top rebounders. Hargis played, but foul trouble limited her to three first-half minutes and 16 overall. The Buffs also missed Meagan Malcolm-Peck, who had started every game, but sat out all night with an illness.

Colorado’s Julie Seabrook drives to the hoop over San Francisco defenders on Wednesday, Nov. 30, during a game against the University of San
Colorado's Julie Seabrook drives to the hoop over San Francisco defenders on Wednesday, Nov. 30, during a game against the University of San Francisco at the Coors Event Center on the CU campus in Boulder. For more photos of the game go to www.dailycamera.com (Jeremy Papasso)

Despite that, CU had one of the most dominating rebounding games in program history. They out-boarded the Dons (1-7) by a whopping 53-20 margin. It ties for the second-fewest rebounds ever for a CU opponent, just shy of the record of 19 by Northern Arizona on Feb. 7, 1981.

In addition to Seabrook and Jeffery, Jen Reese had 13 rebounds and several others chipped in with big boards throughout the game. CU came into the game needing to out-rebound the Dons by 24 in order to reach their goal of a plus-10 average through the first six games. They achieved that mark with very little trouble.

"I thought we did a great job on the boards," Lappe said. "That was definitely our focus coming in. I thought our players did a great job of crashing the glass and really not letting them have any second chance opportunities."

The Dons, in fact, didn't have any second-chance points, while CU had 16. That's a big reason the Buffs were able to pull away in the second half.

An 11-0 San Francisco run -- the biggest run allowed by CU this year -- early in the second half pulled the Dons within 48-42.

"Colorado was really killing us on the boards," San Francisco coach Jennifer Azzi said. "I went in the locker room (at halftime) and said if we play better defense and attack on offense we can turn this around."

That worked for a while, but CU responded to that run with a 12-0 spurt and San Francisco never threatened again.

"That's huge, because basketball is a game of runs," Jeffery said. "If they come with one, we know we can't let them keep going on a run. Once we saw that, we had to keep our composure, group up, execute on offense, box out on defense and play good one-on-one defense and then that's when we kind of took off from there."

The night wasn't perfect for CU. Lappe was disappointed with the defense, which allowed San Francisco too many easy buckets and put the Dons at the line 23 times (they made 17). Still, Lappe will take it, as the Buffs continue to find a way to win.

"Sometimes it's OK to win ugly," she said.

 

Colorado 84, San Francisco 66 SAN FRANCISCO (66)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Keating 24 2-6 2-5 0-0 1 1 6

Daniels 31 2-8 0-1 0-0 3 2 4

Ale 39 8-15 1-5 6-8 2 1 23

Winston 29 4-11 0-1 0-0 7 2 8

Khlok 26 2-7 1-2 6-6 1 2 11

Gordon 17 1-5 0-1 2-5 1 0 4

Katuna 8 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 2 4

Scafidi 16 1-3 1-2 1-2 1 1 4

Singleterry 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Barbour 9 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 2

Team 3

Totals 200 22-60 5-17 17-23 20 12 66

 

Assists (7): Ale 3, Keating, Winston, Gordon, Katuna.

Steals (12): Daniels 3, Keating 2, Winston 2, Khlok 2, Ale, Katuna, Scafidi.

Turnovers (9): Winston 2, Khlok 2, Daniels, Ale, Gordon, Katuna, Barbour.

Blocked shots (6): Daniels 2, Winston 2, Scafidi, Barbour.

COLORADO (84)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Seabrook 29 8-13 1-3 1-2 8 4 18

Hargis 16 1-4 0-0 2-4 5 3 4

Kresl 22 5-9 2-5 2-2 1 0 14

B. Wilson 31 3-9 1-3 2-2 4 2 9

Jeffery 33 10-14 2-2 4-4 12 2 26

Lee 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

A. Wilson 22 0-2 0-0 0-0 5 1 0

Sborov 20 2-4 0-1 0-0 4 3 4

Reese 26 4-10 0-1 1-2 13 1 9

Team 1

Totals 200 33-65 6-15 12-16 53 16 84

 

Assists (16): B. Wilson 5, Kresl 3, Sborov 3, Jeffery 2, Seabrook, A. Wilson, Reese.

Steals (4): Jeffery 2, Hargis, B. Wilson.

Turnovers (21): B. Wilson 5, Reese 4, Hargis 3, Kresl 3, Jeffery 3, Seabrook, Sborov, Team.

Blocked shots (2): Seabrook, Reese.

Halftime score: Colorado 46, San Francisco 31.

Technical fouls -- none.

Attendance -- 1,844.