Colorado’s Arielle Roberson shoots over Washington State’s Sage Romberg during the first half of Friday’s game in Boulder.
Colorado's Arielle Roberson shoots over Washington State's Sage Romberg during the first half of Friday's game in Boulder. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

Ever since Arielle Roberson arrived at Colorado in the fall of 2011, people have said she has the potential to play basketball like her older brother, Andre, who is a standout junior for the CU men's team.

On Friday night, Roberson had an Andre-like game, recording her first career double-double in leading the 20th-ranked CU women's team to a 59-45 victory over Washington State on Friday at Coors Events Center.

A redshirt freshman, Roberson scored 17 points, recorded a career-high 13 rebounds and had two blocks for the Buffs (21-5, 10-5 Pac-12), who won their sixth consecutive game.

"It's really exciting," said Roberson, who moved slightly closer to her brother's 36 career double-doubles. "I'm not trying to compete with Andre in any way. I don't think I can. I think I just was more aggressive tonight than I had been throughout conference."

Roberson had her highest point total in conference play and topped her previous career high of 11 rebounds. It was the second time this season she's had at least 10 rebounds.

"I think I was just focused and I tapped into something else rather than just expecting mediocre play from myself," said Roberson, who had eight offensive rebounds.

Roberson said she feels it's the type of game she can duplicate in the future.

"I do feel like that," she said. "I think I could be probably my worst enemy and a lot of times I stop myself, with the help of defenders, but I think I just have to continue to keep this mindset and keep going."

Sitting next to Roberson during the postgame news conference, teammate Jen Reese turned to Roberson after that statement, smiled and said, "We need you to do that."


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The Buffs needed Roberson to have a big game on Friday, because it was an ugly win. It was a disjointed game on offense, with the Buffs committing 19 turnovers and hitting just 33.8 percent of their shots.

"There was no rhythm in that game at all," head coach Linda Lappe said. "Usually there is some sort of rhythm within a game and it was hard to ever really get in a rhythm; both teams never really did."

CU had 11 turnovers in the first half alone -- one more than they had in a win at Arizona State on Sunday.

"I just feel like we were frantic with the ball and forcing things that weren't there," said Reese, who finished with 10 points and seven boards.

Fortunately for Colorado, its defense was solid once again in knocking off the Cougars (10-16, 6-9). The Buffs held an opponent below 50 points for the 11th time this season, adding to their school record. Washington State made just 19.6 percent of its shots and had 25 turnovers.

"Credit their defense," Washington State coach June Daugherty said. "They have been pushing teams in that aspect all season."

The Cougars hung around for most of the night, though.

It wasn't until a late 11-0 run that the Buffs put the Cougars away. Washington State pulled within 48-42 with 5:29 to go, but CU responded to take its biggest lead, 59-42. Roberson keyed that run with five points, including a 3-pointer.

"Midway through that second half, I thought we really stepped up to the plate and knocked down some jumpers, which were huge boosters for us and we ended up being able to hold on at the end," Lappe said.

CU led 26-19 at the half, despite their turnovers and hitting just 28.1 percent (9-for-32) of their shots. The Buffs made just three of their last 20 shots of the half and went 1-for-14 during the final 8:30. The Buffs had the lead, however, because their defense forced 14 turnovers -- 10 of those on steals -- and held the Cougars to 21.9 percent shooting (7-for-32).

Chucky Jeffery had 10 points, seven boards, six assists and three steals for the Buffs, while Brittany Wilson had nine points.

Notable

Roberson has averaged 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds the past two games. ... CU has its longest conference win streak since a six-game streak from Jan. 13-Feb. 4, 2004. ... At 10-5, the Buffs are guaranteed to have a winning record in conference play for the first time since 2004. ... The Buffs improved to 20-0 against unranked teams this season. ... Junior center Rachel Hargis had two blocks and moved into ninth on CU's career list in that category, with 79. ... Wilson hit a 3-pointer to move into a tie for 10th on CU's career list, with 96.

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Colorado 59, Washington St. 45

WASHINGTON ST.

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Romberg 19 0-6 0-0 0-1 0 2 0

Noyes 10 1-8 0-2 3-5 0 1 2

Galdeira 29 2-13 8-8 1-7 0 2 12

Grad 15 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 1 3

Awa 26 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 0 3

Amojo 13 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 2

Williamson 14 0-1 1-2 1-3 1 1 1

Edmondson 16 1-5 0-0 1-1 0 1 3

Dheensaw 14 1-4 0-0 2-5 0 3 2

Thomas 9 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0

Tinjum 2 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2

Cooks 15 2-7 6-8 3-5 1 4 10

Potter 18 1-4 3-4 1-5 0 2 5

Totals 200 11-56 21-28 20-46 4 19 45

Percentages: FG .196, FT .750.

3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Awa 1-1, Edmondson 1-2, Amojo 0-1, Potter 0-1, Williamson 0-1, Romberg 0-2, Galdeira 0-2).

Team Rebounds: 9.

Blocked Shots: 6 (Dheensaw 2, Potter, Edmondson, Awa, Romberg).

Turnovers: 25 (Galdeira 6, Romberg 3, Amojo 3, Dheensaw 3, Cooks 3, Potter 2, Thomas, Williamson, Awa, Edmondson).

Steals: 8 (Galdeira 4, Dheensaw, Awa, Williamson, Romberg).

Technical Fouls: None.

COLORADO

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Roberson 30 7-19 1-3 8-13 1 3 17

Hargis 18 0-1 3-4 0-0 0 5 3

B Wilson 30 4-8 0-0 1-2 1 2 9

Sborov 17 0-3 0-0 0-4 0 1 0

Jeffery 32 4-10 2-2 2-7 6 2 10

A Wilson 22 1-3 1-2 1-4 2 0 3

M M-Pck 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Atchley 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Reese 21 4-13 2-3 3-7 1 3 10

Weston 13 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 2

Swan 15 1-5 3-4 3-8 0 2 5

Totals 200 22-65 12-18 21-48 12 18 59

Percentages: FG .338, FT .667.

3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Roberson 2-3, B. Wilson 1-2, Weston 0-1, Reese 0-1, Swan 0-1, Jeffery 0-2).

Team Rebounds: 2.

Blocked Shots: 7 (Hargis 2, Swan 2, Roberson 2, Sborov).

Turnovers: 19 (B. Wilson 4, Jeffery 4, Weston 3, Swan 2, Hargis 2, Roberson 2, Sborov, Reese).

Steals: 15 (A. Wilson 4, Jeffery 3, Hargis 2, Roberson 2, Reese, Sborov, Weston, B. Wilson).

Technical Fouls: None.

Washington St. 19 26--45

Colorado 26 33--59

A -- 3,170.

Officials -- Penny Davis, Mary Whatford, Richard Waters.