The Colorado women's basketball team improved to 4-0 Tuesday with a 76-59 win over host North Dakota State in Fargo, N.D.

Junior center Zoe Correal led the way with 10 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double while guard Kennedy Leonard scored a team-high 17 points and five assists and guard Ariana Freeman added 13 points off the bench.

"I just really wanted those boards," Correal said in a CU news release. "Those players really did work hard to box me out, but I feel like I kind of put my mind to it, dug in, and went for them."

It's the first 4-0 start for CU since 2013. First-year coach JR Payne is the third coach in school history to start her career 4-0 and the first since Ceal Barry in 1983.

Taylor Thunstedt had 19 points and Emily Spier and Reilly Jacobson added 10 apiece to pace North Dakota State (1-3), which had 23 turnovers and shot only 33.3 percent from the field.

Trailing 14-9 in the first quarter, the Buffs went on a six-point run to lead 15-14 at the end of the period and never lost the advantage the rest of the way. CU's Makenzie Ellis got a block and Brecca Thomas took it down the court for a jumper to start the run.

Colorado led 33-26 at the half and 55-42 entering the final quarter.

"It was a little sluggish through most of the first half, but the second half, we really picked up the intensity defensively," Payne said. "Which always triggers good stuff for us offensively."


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The Buffs shot 45.7 percent from the field for the game and finished with 16 steals and 10 blocked shots, six of them courtesy of the 6-foot-4 Correal. In all, CU scored 46 points in the paint, 30 points off the bench and 27 points off turnovers.

Colorado will look continue its undefeated run this weekend as its hosts the four-team Omni Classic. The Buffs open with a 7:30 p.m. game Friday against St. Francis (New York) after SMU and Boston College meet in the first game.

The third-place and championship games are set for Saturday.